Are You the Coming One, or Do we Look for Another?

COPYRIGHT WARNING

Is Jesus the promised Messiah, or should we look for another? When John the Baptist asked this question, he was in prison under a sentence of death. John believed that if Jesus was the promised One, then why was he in chains, about to be beheaded. John’s dilemma is similar to the difficulty that many people have with Jesus today: He simply does not meet their expectations.

For those who are students of the Bible, this issue is settled by the record of the New Testament. Jesus perfectly fulfilled over 400 Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah, with extreme precision.

One of the stumbling blocks for the Jew today in believing that Jesus is the promised One, is His claim to be the Son of God. It is their closely held belief that when the Messiah comes, He will simply be a prophet, like Moses. When the leaders of Israel rejected Jesus in 32 A.D, the record of history from that time, describes Jesus as a false prophet who led many people astray. A problem for the Jews who were in authority at the time Jesus presented Himself as the Messiah–originated from their misunderstanding of Deuteronomy 18:15, where Moses said that the Messiah would be “a prophet Like me”.

Because Moses was not God, only His servant, it was assumed that the Messiah would also be a man, a prophet–like Moses.

Deuteronomy 18:15  The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear…

In truth, the prophecies of the Messiah, from the Old Testament scriptures, are replete with evidence that He would not only be called the Son of God, but He would be God Himself. There are seven Hebrew prophecies which clearly identify the Messiah as: the Son of God.

The Jews were offended by Jesus’ statement that God was His Father. Yet, this should have come as no surprise since the Book of 2 Samuel 7:14 makes it clear that when the Messiah comes into the world, He will be the Son of God.

I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.”

Jesus used the term “My Father” on 51 occasions in describing His unique relationship with the God:

John 10:30 “I and My Father are one.”

The New Testament clearly defines Jesus as the Eternal God who created the universe.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

The evidence

Jesus distinguished Himself by exhibiting all of the attributes that we would expect God to manifest–should He come to earth. The identity of Jesus is made clear by the things that He has done. John the Baptist asked Jesus if He was the One predicted by the prophets, or should they expect someone else.

Matthew 11:2-5 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 1. The blind see and 2. the lame walk; 3. the lepers are cleansed and 4. the deaf hear; 5. the dead are raised up and 6. the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

Jesus said that His identity is linked to what He has done: If we look carefully at Jesus, we will conclude that only God could possess these attributes and works.

1. The Blind See: Prophecy 197

Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.

Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Matthew 9:29-30 Then Jesus touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened.

2. The Lame Walk: Prophecy 197

Isaiah 35:5-6 … Then the lame shall leap like a deer

Matthew 15:30 Then great multitudes came to Jesus, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.

3. The Lepers are Cleansed: Prophecy 30

Leviticus 14:11 “Then the priest who makes him clean shall present the man who is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.”

Luke 5:12-14 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.

4. The Deaf Hear: Prophecy 197

Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book

Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Mark 7:32-37 Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.

5. The Dead are Raised: Prophecy 190

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise.

John 11:43-44 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

6. The Good News is Preached: Prophecy 280

Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

Luke 4:16-21 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.

Jesus also claimed to forgive sins, a right that only God could claim. Jesus declared 14 separate and distinct predictions that all came to pass preciesly as He had said they would (The Predictions of Jesus).

It was during the moments when Jesus spoke or acted, that it was immediately apparent—He was not a normal human being.

When Jesus taught, the people were astonished:

Matthew 13:54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?”

When Jesus spoke, the people marveled at His gracious words:

Luke 4:22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.

The people were amazed when Jesus forgave sins.

Luke 7:49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?

The Temple guards were in awe over the manner in which Jesus spoke:

John 7:46 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!

Peter rightly identified Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God:

Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Even the demons identify Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God:

Luke 4:41 And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!”

The evidence which fully validates Jesus as the Son of God, is overwhelming. In order to assert a position that Jesus was simply a normal man, and not the Son of God, a person would have to be willing to ignore all the evidence–available, to the contrary.

It was the plan of the Father that His Son should be the Savior of the world. Long before Jesus spoke the universe into existence, God determined that upon man’s fall, Jesus would come to earth as the Messiah, who is prophesied more than 365 times throughout the Old Testament.

There are seven Old Testament Prophecies that either state or allude to the fact that the Messiah will be the Son of God. See Prophecy 57 for the complete list.