TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, March 27, 2019:
The prophesied deliverer of the Jews; the One anointed by God to deliver His people and establish His Kingdom; a Savior to Christians: Jesus Christ.
You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me so that you may have life.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The Jews, scribes, and Pharisees searched the scriptures looking for keys to finding their Messiah. They diligently investigated the scriptures but they were spiritually blind to seeing their Messiah as presented in the scriptures. They saw only the Law. They were so legalistic that they searched the scriptures for only one purpose, to interpret the Law. They were so blinded by the Law that they did not recognize the Lawgiver, who came to fulfill the Law and give us eternal life.
Those who come to know Jesus recognize that Jesus is our Messiah. Those of the Jewish faith still are looking and waiting to find their Messiah just as the Jewish leaders were doing when Jesus lived on earth.
In John 5:39 we have Jesus talking to the Jewish religious leaders who were searching the scriptures for their Messiah but failed to recognize Him when He was standing right in front of them. But the good news is that many Jewish people today are realizing that Jesus is their Messiah and are turning their lives over to Him.
There are two facts that prove that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. The first proof is Jesus’ resurrection from death into life.
The second is that Jesus fulfilled every prophecy made about Him in the Old Testament. There are many, many prophecies about the Messiah and all were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
It was prophesied by Isaiah that the Messiah would be born of a virgin. Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. Jeremiah prophesied that Jesus would be a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David. The Psalms foretold what Jesus would suffer and that He would be betrayed and accused by false witnesses.
Even His death by crucifixion was prophesied although it was hundreds of years before crucifixion was being used. The most important prophecy that Jesus fulfilled was the prophecy of His resurrection. Without the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we would all be doomed to suffer eternal death and separation from God.
Many of the Psalms prophecy of the Messiah and what would happen to Him. In Psalm 118 we read about the Messiah being rejected. In verse twenty-two it reads, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.” The Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah but the Messiah has become the chief cornerstone of the body of believers, the church.
In Psalm 22 David gives an accurate description of how the Messiah was crucified.
Psalm 16 is called a Messianic Psalm because it is quoted when speaking of Christ’s resurrection.
Psalm 110 declared the Messiah as our High Priest who sits at God’s right-hand interceding for us.
Psalm 2 proclaims Christ to be God’s anointed one who will rule as King of all.
This King of Kings is our Messiah, our Lord and our Savior. Do you know your Messiah? He is the Lord Jesus Christ. Can you say as Andrew did to Simon Peter, “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41). When you get to know Jesus, your Messiah, you will want to exalt His name just as David did in Psalm 8:1, “O Lord, our Lord how majestic is Your name in all the earth.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in II Timothy 3:16-17.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Thank You Almighty God, for sending Your Son to this earth to be my Messiah. Help me to communicate today to both my Jewish and Gentile friends, the good news of our Messiah who came to this earth and is in heaven today preparing a place for those of us who have accepted Jesus, Your Son, as our Savior.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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