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Prophecies of the Messiah – His Resurrection

Prophecies of the Messiah – His Resurrection

The Hebrew Scriptures
For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken…..

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. (Isaiah 53:8,10)

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:9-11)

The New Testament

From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. (Matthew 16:21)

Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them [his disciples, after his death], and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

Then He [Jesus] said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things”. (Luke 24:44-48)

Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Messiah to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah [in Psalm 69], that His soul was not left in Hades, not did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus has God raised up, of which we are all witnesses. (Acts 2:29-32)

Comments and Quotations

If Messiah dies but does not rise then how would we know he was the Messiah, and how would God’s kingdom spread into all the world? Isaiah speaks of Messiah in the third person and describes him as continuing to be the LORD’s servant even after his death, thus predicting his resurrection. David describes his own hope of life beyond death and links it to the resurrection of God’s “Holy One”, the Messiah. If Yeshua had not risen from the dead there would be no reason to believe any of his claims, but He did rise, and showed himself to many witnesses, so to not believe those claims is rebellious unbelief. God’s verdict on Yeshua is clear – he is everything he claimed to be, both Messiah and Lord. Through him atonement has been made.