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INTRODUCTION: Many passages in the New Testament refer to prophecies about the Christ, recorded in Scripture in the Old Testament centuries before the Son of God was born of a virgin and lived among men. The first four books in the New Testament are called the GOSPELS; and some selected verses from the many verses they contain about prophecy are the anchor for the "good news" in this Bible study. These four books are trustworthy Scripture, with differing details, as each author was guided by the Holy Spirit to write as the LORD God had purposed. The many fulfilled Old Testament prophecies should cause us to give praise to Christ our precious Savior. We can firmly believe the LORD God will also complete His plans for the eternal Kingdom of God, prepared before the foundation of the world.

NOTE: All Scripture passages are from the American King James Bible.



A - THE PROMISED CHRIST WAS FROM THE LINE OF DAVID AND BORN OF A VIRGIN

Isaiah 7 "13 And he said, Hear you now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

Matthew 1 "18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take to you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took to him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS."

Matthew 2 "1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."

Matthew 2 "11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be you there until I bring you word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son."

Matthew 2 "19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appears in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. 21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelled in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene."



COMMENTS: The angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream: as the Spirit of the Lord can enter our thoughts whether we are awake or asleep. Joseph was a descendent of David, and he was told not to hesitate to take Mary as his wife because her pregnancy was a conception by the Holy Spirit as given in prophecy. Some of those in the four gospels may not provide a definitive reference to the source in the Old Testament. The passages from Matthew give details: 1) Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus, 2) as they came to worship three wise men gave treasures (that would be family support in Egypt), and they did not return through Jerusalem after they left Bethlehem, 3) Joseph was warned to go down into Egypt for a time until called back by the LORD, and 4) the return from Egypt to Nazareth in Israel rather than to Bethlehem, fulfilled prophecy that Jesus would be called a Nazarene.




B - JOHN PREPARED THE WAY OF THE LORD JESUS

Malachi 3 "1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he shall come, said the LORD of hosts."

Mark 1 "1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you. 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins."

Mark 1 "8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. 9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending on him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 12 And immediately the spirit drives him into the wilderness. 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him."

Matthew 4 "12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelled in Capernaum, which is on the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."



COMMENTS: The ministry of John the Baptist was to prepare the way for the LORD as he baptized in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. These things were part of prophecy being fulfilled. Immediately after Jesus was baptized by John, he was driven by the spirit into the wilderness for forty days to defeat the temptations of Satan, and then was comforted by angels. After John was put into prison, another prophecy was fulfilled as Jesus went into Capernaum, on the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: and preached repentance because the kingdom of heaven is at hand.




C - QUESTIONS FROM THE DISCIPLES, AND FROM THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES

Matthew 13 "10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables? 11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."

Matthew 15 "1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He that curses father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But you say, Whoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatever you might be profited by me; 6 And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have you made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 You hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

John 2 "18 Then answered the Jews and said to him, What sign show you to us, seeing that you do these things? 19 Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and will you raise it up in three days? 21 But he spoke of the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this to them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said."



COMMENTS: When the disciples asked Jesus why he taught in parables, he said the prophecy given by Isaiah was being fulfilled because simply seeing and hearing would not reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven to those who did not believe in their hearts: and therefore they would not be converted. Then Scribes and Pharisees of Jerusalem asked Jesus why his disciples had violated the traditions of the elders by eating with unwashed hands. Jesus asked the Scribes and Pharisees why they violated the commandments of God by putting their traditions first. They were hypocrites fulfilling prophecy from Isaiah when they supported the action of someone who withheld needed support to their father and mother, and instead gave it as an offering. They honored God with their mouths, but their hearts were far from Him. The passage from John can help us to realize that even the disciples did not understand some things when they first took place, but Scripture prophecy became more clear after the resurrection of Christ, and they trusted in what Jesus had said. This should encourage believers today to continually be taking in the Word of God to strengthen faith and trust in our Savior and Lord as we wait for some things of God to become more clear to us. We also should pray that we will have the peace of God that surpasses human understanding for those things that we may never understand while we remain in this present world.




D - SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES AND SEE THAT JESUS FULFILLS PROPHECY

Luke 4 "17 And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say to them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son? 23 And he said to them, You will surely say to me this proverb, Physician, heal yourself: whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in your country. 24 And he said, Truly I say to you, No prophet is accepted in his own country."

John 4 "13 Jesus answered and said to her, Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come here to draw. 16 Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband, and come here. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have well said, I have no husband: 18 For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: in that said you truly. 19 The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman said to him, I know that Messias comes, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus said to her, I that speak to you am he."

John 5 "33 You sent to John, and he bore witness to the truth. 34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved. 35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38 And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not. 39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And you will not come to me, that you might have life."

John 6 "41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he said, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes to me. 46 Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me has everlasting life."



COMMENTS: In the passage in Luke chapter 4, when Jesus read a prophecy from Isaiah he said it has been fulfilled in their hearing, and they responded as though he was only another man; and they had even known him as he grew up among them. Jesus had lived with his family in Nazareth in a community of Jews until he began his public ministry when he was thirty years old, and he said no prophet is accepted in his own country. Jesus and his disciples traveled through Samaria, and when Jesus was alone he talked with a Samaritan woman; and through the conversation she came to believe Jesus is the Christ. In John chapter 5 Jesus said if the Scriptures are searched to reveal eternal life, they speak of Him; and he offers that life to those who believe in Him. In John chapter 6 the Jews murmured with contempt that he could not be bread from heaven because they knew his father and mother. Jesus said no one can come to him, except the Father which has sent him draws that person: and Jesus will raise that person up at the last day. Jesus said whoever believes on Him has everlasting life!




E - JEWISH LEADERS PLOTTED TO KILL JESUS AS HE DECLARED THAT HE WAS SENT FROM GOD

John 7 "37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. 38 He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. 41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? 43 So there was a division among the people because of him. 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him."

John 8 "42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, you believe me not. 46 Which of you convinces me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 He that is of God hears God's words: you therefore hear them not, because you are not of God. 48 Then answered the Jews, and said to him, Say we not well that you are a Samaritan, and have a devil? 49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honor my Father, and you do dishonor me. 50 And I seek not my own glory: there is one that seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52 Then said the Jews to him, Now we know that you have a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and you say, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom make you yourself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honors me; of whom you say, that he is your God: 55 Yet you have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like to you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews to him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the middle of them, and so passed by."

John 11 "47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles. 48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. 49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said to them, You know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spoke he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death."

John 12 "31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die. 34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ stays for ever: and how say you, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? 35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. 36 While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. 37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, Lord, who has believed our report? and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God."



COMMENTS: I used only verses from John in this section since they provide a progression which I liked for this portion of the study. When Jesus spoke at the last day of the feast, there was a mixed reaction among those who commented to each other. Then, when Jesus discoursed with Jewish leaders they finally took up stones to kill him for saying he existed eternally before Abraham was born; but he easily walked right through the angry crowd and left the area. When the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered to plan the death of Jesus: Caiaphas spoke not of himself, but as high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for their nation; and also that he would gather together the scattered children of God as one people. This prophetic utterance had no impact on the leaders as they planned from that day forward how to put Jesus to death. Jesus told a crowd that when he would be lifted up (speaking of death on the cross), he would draw all people to him, not just the Jews. Though he had done many miracles, not many believed on him, as was foretold in prophecy by Isaiah. There were chief rulers who believed, but they would not confess their belief because they did not want to be put out of the synagogues by the Pharisees: they wanted the praise from men more than the praise from God. The apostle Paul wrote in one of his letters that the way of salvation is to confess with the mouth, and to also believe in the heart that Jesus is Lord.
Romans 10 "9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. 10 For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. 11 For the scripture said, Whoever believes on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich to all that call on him. 13 For whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."




F - JESUS HAD THE LAST SUPPER WITH HIS DISCIPLES AND THEN GAVE HIMSELF TO BE CRUCIFIED

John 13 "18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me. 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, you may believe that I am he."

Matthew 26 "26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink you all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink from now on of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 31 Then said Jesus to them, All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."

Matthew 26 "48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And immediately he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said to him, Friend, why are you come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him. 51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus to him, Put up again your sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? 55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are you come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you laid no hold on me. 56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled."



COMMENTS: Jesus told his disciples at the last supper that one of them would betray him, and that was as it had been written in scripture. Jesus told them to drink of the cup which represented the new covenant in his blood that would be given for the remission of sin. He also said he would not drink of the fruit of the vine anymore until he would drink of it new in his Father's kingdom, and they would be there with him! They went out together to the mount of Olives, and he told them they would all abandon him, but he would see them again after he was resurrected. . Surely these things would have been very confusing to them. Jesus told the armed mob they could have taken him as he taught, but this was now happening as it had been written in scripture. One of his disciples started to fight against the mob, but Jesus stopped the conflict, and his disciples were scattered as sheep from their shepherd.




G - JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED BETWEEN TWO THIEVES AS PART OF PROPHECY

Mark 15 "27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which said, And he was numbered with the transgressors."

John 19 "23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said, They parted my raiment among them, and for my clothing they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did."

John 19 "28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it on hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. 31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) sought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then came the soldiers, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they broke not his legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and immediately came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bore record, and his record is true: and he knows that he said true, that you might believe. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37 And again another scripture said, They shall look on him whom they pierced."



COMMENTS: Each of the three passages above give very good evidence that all of those events as described were further demonstration they had been predetermined by the all-knowing and all-powerful God. Jesus had been sent by the Father, and he was fulfilling the grace gift that is available to all who will believe in the heart and confess with the mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.




H - THE RESURRECTED CHRIST APPEARED TO THE ELEVEN DISCIPLES

John 20 "1 The first day of the week comes Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, to the sepulcher, and sees the stone taken away from the sepulcher. 2 Then she runs, and comes to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. 3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then comes Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and sees the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again to their own home."

Luke 24 "36 And as they thus spoke, Jesus himself stood in the middle of them, and said to them, Peace be to you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said to them, Why are you troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said to them, Have you here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them." (Luke 24:36-43 AKJV) 44 And he said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things."

John 26 "26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the middle, and said, Peace be to you. 27 Then said he to Thomas, Reach here your finger, and behold my hands; and reach here your hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God. 29 Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name."



COMMENTS: When Mary Magdalene reported that the tomb was empty, Peter and the other disciple went to see for themselves, but they did not fully understand, and they went away to their own homes. When Jesus appeared to his disciples he said these are the things I told you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. This could be a much more in depth study if all of those things were searched in those books of the Old Testament and included. But Jesus opened the disciples understanding of the scriptures, And said to them, thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. When Jesus spoke to Thomas he gave us the statement that has applied to all who have been blessed to believe without seeing Christ in person all of these many centuries after Jesus returned to be with the Father. Jesus truly did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in the gospel of John (or in the other 3 gospels as well), but all which are contained in the gospels were written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.



--- REFLECTIONS IN PRAYER ---

LORD, I thank you for all of the Scriptures that have been written by the guidance of the Holy Spirit within all of the various authors over the centuries. I believe that the Word of God has come into my heart to lead me to repentance, and by your grace my sins have been forgiven. I am thankful for the gift of salvation of my soul since I have trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I know that even as the disciples could not understand all that was happening while You, Jesus, were with them; I know that I need to wait on your Holy Spirit to reveal the deep meanings of your Word to me only as that is necessary that I may love you more, and glorify your name in true humility as I wrestle with the ever present distractions of the world in and around me. In similar manner for a personal application to what John the Baptist had said in another scripture: may I decrease, while you increase within me, all for your honor and glory. Hallelujah, and Amen!



Published 26 August 2021