Lesson 9: Jesus Fulfilled ProphecySeries: Evidences for Faith
As we noted in the last lesson, Jesus said not to believe Him if He had no witnesses to His claim to be the Son of God (John 5:31). In the same con-versation that He put forward His works as a witness, He also presented the witness of the Scriptures (John 5:39, 45-47).
When the apostles and other Christians went throughout the world to convert the world to Jesus, one of the main arguments they used to persuade people to believe in Jesus was fulfilled prophecy. They laid the life of Jesus next to the predictions of the Old Testament prophets (all made at least 400 years before Jesus’ birth) and showed that there was a perfect match. This is proof that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the Christ, the Son of God. To see examples of this argument read Acts 3:18; 8:32-35; 17:1-4; 18:24-28.
This argument for Jesus from fulfilled prophecy also serves as an argument for the Bible being the Word of God and as an argument for the existence of God (see Isaiah 41:21-29). So, this lesson is a clinching argument for this course and for Christianity.