Saturday, December 30, 2023

The Token and the Presentation

Bobservations' Column
Titled - "The Token and the Presentation"
Written by: Pastor Bob Lawrenz

We read today a single verse about the circumcision of Jesus. It is according to the Law of Moses that this is still done to every Jewish male born. Luke states it simply and directly, because it was the common practice for every male in a Jewish household, and it was no big deal in that cultural setting. It was expected, and it was done. Period, end of story. But there’s a back story all must hear!

In Leviticus 12:3, the Law of Moses required that male infants be circumcised on the eighth day after their birth. But the practice was first required of the Jews in Genesis 17, which is an extension of the Abrahamic Covenant given to Abraham in Genesis 12. There in Genesis 17 we find the reason for the Jewish practice of circumcising their young males.

The ritual set Jewish men apart from the rest of the world’s male population. It was a visible, outward sign of possession and belonging. Verse 11 of chapter 17 declares that circumcision is a token of the Abrahamic Covenant, God’s promises to His people. So, it was 1) a physical identification that the infant child was Jewish, and 2) had been set apart to be a child of Jehovah, one of God’s Chosen People. It would serve as a reminder to the child that he was a Covenant Child for his whole life.

Since it was performed on a private member of the body, it became a very personal reminder to that child or man. This therefore speaks of our own need for a personal relationship with God, a continual, daily reminder that we too are set apart from the rest of the world. Paul further writes in Romans 2:29 that even the Jews though, must experience the circumcision of the heart. For it is not a fleshly token that saves us, but an inward change in our hearts. Salvation, then becomes a matter of the heart. It is not just the outward appearance of ethnicity, nor of religious piety and humility.

Every man, woman, and child must go through this kind of heart purification, and purging of the fleshly parts of our thoughts and lives. To live with a heart purged from sin, and trusting God and Jesus Christ to guide us through His Spirit; this is what opens the door for Christ’s salvation.

Revelation 3:20 -

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

Bobservations' Column: Audio Version:

Sunday Morning's Audio Message:
Luke 2:21-40 - "The Token and the Presentation"

Summary/Bible Notes

Today, we are continuing our study from last week in the second chapter of the gospel of Luke. Luke is the writer, and he has recorded for us this divinely inspired account of the birth of the Savior, the consolation of Israel, the Son of the Most High God, the Lord Jesus Christ. And with that birth, redemptive action, redemptive purpose, and redemptive accomplishment is initiated because the Savior of the world, the Messiah, the Lord, and King has arrived.

From verse 21 down to verse 39, brings into his account the testimony of three witnesses: The parents of Jesus, an old man named Simeon and an old woman, a prophetess, named Anna. These are eyewitnesses who corroborate the identity of the child born of a virgin, through faithful testimony.

What does that mean?  A witness needs to be credible if they are to be believed. The scriptures attest to the godly virtue of these 4 individuals.  

We know from the scriptures that both Joseph and Mary were righteous. They were committed to fulfilling the law of the Lord, the law of Moses, the Old Testament Scripture. They were obedient. They honored God. They are true believers. It's important to understand that whenever the Bible says someone is righteous, it means that God has declared them righteous, not by virtue of anything they have done. Righteousness is not obtained by our own will or our own works, it is a gift of God to those who come to Him in penitent faith, acknowledging their sinfulness and their need of grace. And so it was that Joseph and Mary belonged to God, they were a part of the believing remnant in Israel.

Joseph and Mary bring Jesus to Jerusalem, in keeping with the law.  Verse 21 takes place eight days after the child was born and that is the scene of circumcision, and the naming of the child. Then verses 22 to 24, which takes place forty days after Jesus' birth when He's a month and ten days old and this is the scene of the purification ceremony, where a sacrifice would be offered, and the child would be offered to God for His service.

The actions that Joseph and Mary took are a clear testimony of their faith as they affirmed the identity of the child.

Next, we meet a man named Simeon. Simeon means "God has heard." The scriptures tell us that he was a righteous man, a true believer, one who stands out amongst the crowd of "believers."  He knew the Word of God.  He looked to the fulfillment of prophecy anxiously waiting for the arrival of the Sun of righteousness (see Malachi 4:2).  He personifies the true, believing, saved remnant in Israel who believed in God for their salvation, who understood God's grace, that their salvation couldn't be obtained through works.  Even though the Messiah hadn't yet come, they understood that they could not keep God's Law, they were looking for their Savior.  They believed the Old Testament scriptures, the prophets and they waited for their Messiah to come while living godly lives. 

Simeon is righteous and devout.  He knew God's Word.  He wasn't a forgetful hearer.  He believed it.  He loved it.  He was careful to obey it bringing glory and honor to God, and a witness to everyone around him. Luke reveals that the Holy Spirit was upon him... Spirit-filled!  He was specially anointed for a special service unto God!  Further, the Holy Spirit came upon him for the purpose of revealing to him from the divine God Himself that he wouldn't die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. What a promise!  What a blessing!  His longing, his waiting, and looking for the Messiah throughout his whole life, and the Holy Spirit says, "you're going to see Him."  

In verse 27, it says, "He (Simeon) came by the Spirit into the temple."  "In the Spirit" simply means the Spirit's leading him.  Forty days after the birth of Jesus he's prompted by the Holy Spirit. It is interesting to note that Simeon doesn't know Joseph and Mary. But the Spirit of God leads Simeon into that place and Joseph and Mary are there with this little baby.  Now picture this, there were probably other women there with babies having purification ceremonies, and yet Holy Spirit leads Simeon right to Jesus.

Luke 2:27-28, "And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God,"

He took the baby from Mary into his arms. One can only imagine what kind of joy flooded his heart, what kind of thrill came over him as he realized that the promises of God had come to pass and he was holding in his hands the Messiah, the Menachem, the Comforter, the Consoler of Israel, the Savior of the world.

"Mine eyes have seen thy salvation... " What a testimony!!! A man who is utterly unknown to anyone, is a crucial witness to who this child is, Jesus the Savior of the World.  Yes, not only is God the Savior but Simeon says God has prepared a salvation for the world. He's prepared it in the presence of all peoples so that the Messiah is a light of revelation to the Gentiles as well as the glory of the people Israel.

In verse 36, we meet a prophetess named Anna. She's an elderly woman, 84 to be exact, and a daughter of a man named Phanuel out of Asher, and a widow of many years. What is so remarkable about her, is even at the old age of 84, it says that she never left the temple, not idly hanging about, but serving.  That's amazing!  She served day and night in fasting and in prayer.  Here is another example of a true believer.  Faithfully devout.  Her age didn't keep her from serving the Lord.  In fact, her example puts the vast majority of believers to shame. 

In verse 38, "At that very moment she came up." What very moment?  The moment that Simeon prophesied. Her one focus in life is fulfilled.  God and His glory, the salvation of Israel. The Messiah had come, and this lady, would spend the rest of her years speaking of Him, sharing with all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem, the remnant, that the Messiah had come. 

God's faithful witnesses.  God's incredible work.  The prompting of the Holy Spirit.  
 There is a greater testimony given to the identity of Jesus found in verse 40, "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him."

More than the testimonies of Joseph and Mary, Simeon and Hannah combined, the greatest testimony given to the identity of Jesus comes from the Father.  The word "grace" here, literally means the loving favor of God.  The loving favor of God was on Him.  Who is Jesus Christ?  He is the Son of God in all His glorious perfection.  

Friday, December 22, 2023

It Is Reported

Bobservations Column
Titled - "It Is Reported"
Written by: Pastor Bob Lawrenz

News stories are laced with the word “reported,” when it comes to telling others about an incident, a crime, or a happy event. A writer putting the narrative forth of a story worth telling becomes a reporter themselves, an investigative reporter, who digs for the truth. They will talk to multiple witnesses to get to the heart of their story, and in the telling of the story, the truth becomes apparent. The word “reported is used widely in the Bible, among the prophets, the historians, and among the writers of the New Testament.

The key is to get to the core topic and share it through the testimony of multiple witnesses to the wider public audience. Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church once that it had been widely reported that a certain individual had been in sin, and the church was not confronting his sin, but tolerating it. Political correctness is not a 20th or 21st century phenomena. People don’t want to say anything that might produce confrontation or hurt feelings.

Such is the story of Jesus’ birth, and Gabriel’s announcement of Mary’s pending pregnancy. Our all-powerful God does outlandish things when the occasion calls for them. In Mary’s case, a virgin birth was first alluded to in Genesis, and then addressed directly in Isaiah: Genesis 3:14 – Enmity between the serpent’s seed and the seed of the woman. Literally, the off-spring of the woman is her seed, but because women have ovum and males supply the seed, we have the first allusion to a virgin birth. Isaiah speaks more directly though: Isaiah 7:14 – A virgin shall conceive and bear a son. Her child shall be called Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat. But Isaiah then records a secular, historical event to lend to the authenticity of this otherwise outlandish prophecy! These four prophecies combine to help us see that the Lord controls personal lives, and the life of a nation too: Genesis’, Isaiah’s double prophecy, and Gabriel’s words are forever recorded in sacred scripture, for all the world to read. Three witnesses, four prophecies, yet much of the world will still not believe.

We who do believe rejoice in our Great God and Savior! Jesus came into the world at a time when all four of these words-from-God were fulfilled in the event that we call “Christmas.” Rejoice in the Lord, our Savior!

Luke 2:46-47 - 

“And Mary said, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.’”

Bobservations' Column: Audio Version

Sunday Morning's Audio Message
Luke 1:26 - Matthew 1:18 - Luke 2 - "It Is Reported"

Summary/Bible Notes:  Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow, we celebrate Christmas. Christmas is the Christian remembrance and celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ as foretold in dozens of prophecies concerning Him in scripture. While modern society has removed themselves from the Christ of Christmas, believers today, still celebrate the coming of the promised Savior. He is the reason of our hope, of our joy, and our salvation, and without Him we would surely be lost.

The true meaning of Christmas is God's love. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.

The real Christmas story is the story of God’s becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ.  While many focus on the babe in the manger, Christmas is not about His infancy, it's about His deity.   It is about the Person and the Work of God for mankind.  Yes, Jesus
 was born into our world as a tiny infant, so while He was yet fully human, with all the needs and emotions that are common to us all, He was also fully God -- all wise and all powerful.  The biblical evidence is overwhelming that this child in the manger was the incarnation of God (see Colossians 1:15-20). That lovely night 2,000 years ago, one star lit the heaven and marked the spot where the Christ was born, where God was made flesh.

Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us! we celebrate the fact that God so loved the world, that He gave us His only begotten Son. His life is the life He imparts to us and is the greatest gift of all. Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself (1 John 4:8). Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us.

The true meaning of Christmas is love. God loved His own and provided a way—the only Way—for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. "But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

While there is a certain chronology of the announcements of the coming Savior, the emphasis is found in Luke 2:11, the angel says, "There has been born for YOU a Savior." That is the heart of Christmas. It is the heart of the Gospel. It is the heart of the entire Bible. It is the heart of everything! It's the pinnacle of redemption. There has been born for YOU a Savior. That's the Christian message. That's the Christ of Christmas!!

Go share the message of the Savior with someone today!

A Christmas Present For You:  There are hundreds of fulfilled prophecies concerning the birth, life, and ministry of Jesus in Scripture.  I pray you will find the following list helpful in your further study.




1. Gen 3:15Seed of a woman (virgin birth)Gal 4:4-5; Matt 1:18
2. Gen 3:15He will bruise Satan’s headHeb 2:14; 1 John 3:8
3. Gen 5:24The bodily ascension to heaven illustratedMark 16:19
4. Gen 9:26-27The God of Shem will be the Son of ShemLuke 3:36
5. Gen 12:3Seed of Abraham will bless all nationsGal 3:8; Acts 3:25-26
6. Gen 12:7The Promise made to Abraham’s SeedGal 3:16
7. Gen 14:18A priest after the order of MelchizedekHeb 6:20
8. Gen 14:18King of Peace and RighteousnessHeb 7:2
9. Gen 14:18The Last Supper foreshadowedMatt 26:26-29
10. Gen 17:19Seed of Isaac (Gen 21:12)Rom 9:7
11. Gen 22:8The Lamb of God promisedJohn 1:29
12. Gen 22:18As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nationsGal 3:16
13. Gen 26:2-5The Seed of Isaac promised as the RedeemerHeb 11:18
14. Gen 28:12The Bridge to heavenJohn 1:51
15. Gen 28:14The Seed of JacobLuke 3:34
16. Gen 49:10The time of His comingLuke 2:1-7; Gal 4:4
17. Gen 49:10The Seed of JudahLuke 3:33
18. Gen 49:10Called Shiloh or One SentJohn 17:3
19. Gen 49:10Messiah to come before Judah lost identityJohn 11:47-52
20. Gen 49:10Unto Him shall the obedience of the people beJohn 10:16
21. Ex 3:13-15The Great “I AM”John 4:26; 8:58
22. Ex 12:5A Lamb without blemishHeb 9:14; 1 Pet 1:19
23. Ex 12:13The blood of the Lamb saves from wrathRom 5:8
24. Ex 12:21-27Christ is our Passover1 Cor 5:7
25. Ex 12:46Not a bone of the Lamb to be brokenJohn 19:31-36
26. Ex 15:2His exaltation predicted as YeshuaActs 7:55-56
27. Ex 15:11His Character-HolinessLuke 1:35; Acts 4:27
28. Ex 17:6The Spiritual Rock of Israel1 Cor 10:4
29. Ex 33:19His Character-MercifulLuke 1:72
30. Lev 1:2-9His sacrifice a sweet-smelling savor unto GodEph 5:2
31. Lev 14:11The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthoodLuke 5:12-14; Acts 6:7
32. Lev 16:15-17Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all deathHeb 9:7-14
33. Lev 16:27Suffering outside the CampMatt 27:33; Heb. 13:11-12
34. Lev 17:11The Blood-the life of the fleshMatt 26:28; Mark 10:45
35. Lev 17:11It is the blood that makes atonementRom. 3:23-24; 1 John 1:7
36. Lev 23:36-37The Drink-offering: “If any man thirst”John 7:37
37. Num 9:12Not a bone of Him brokenJohn 19:31-36
38. Num 21:9The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted upJohn 3:14-18; 12:32
39. Num 24:17Time: “I shall see him, but not now.”John 1:14; Gal 4:4
40. Deut 18:15“This is of a truth that prophet”John 6:14
41. Deut 18:15-16“Had you believed Moses, you would believe me.”John 5:45-47
42. Deut 18:18Sent by the Father to speak His wordJohn 8:28-29
43. Deut 18:19Whoever will not hear must bear his sinActs 3:22-23
44. Deut 21:23Cursed is he that hangs on a treeGal 3:10-13
45. Joshua 5:14-15The Captain of our salvationHeb 2:10
46. Ruth 4:4-10Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed usEph 1:3-7
47. 1 Sam 2:35A Faithful PriestHeb. 2:17; 3:1-3, 6; 7:24-25
48. 1 Sam 2:10Shall be an anointed King to the LordMatt 28:18; John 12:15
49. 2 Sam 7:12David’s SeedMatt 1:1
50. 2 Sam 7:13His Kingdom is everlasting2 Pet 1:11
51. 2 Sam 7:14aThe Son of GodLuke 1:32; Rom 1:3-4
52. 2 Sam 7:16David’s house established foreverLuke 3:31; Rev 22:16
53. 2 Ki 2:11The bodily ascension to heaven illustratedLuke 24:51
54. 1 Chr 17:11David’s SeedMatt 1:1; 9:27
55. 1 Chr 17:12-13To reign on David’s throne foreverLuke 1:32-33
56. 1 Chr 17:13“I will be His Father, He…my Son.”Heb 1:5
57. Job 9:32-33Mediator between man and God1 Tim 2:5
58. Job 19:23-27The Resurrection predictedJohn 5:24-29
59. Psa 2:1-3The enmity of kings foreordainedActs 4:25-28
60. Psa 2:2To own the title, Anointed (Christ)John 1:41; Acts 2:36
61. Psa 2:6His Character-HolinessJohn 8:46; Rev 3:7
62. Psa 2:6To own the title KingMatt 2:2
63. Psa 2:7Declared the Beloved SonMatt 3:17; Rom 1:4
64. Psa 2:7-8The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimatedActs 13:29-33
65. Psa 2:8-9Rule the nations with a rod of ironRev 2:27; 12:5; 19:15
66. Psa 2:12Life comes through faith in HimJohn 20:31
67. Psa 8:2The mouths of babes perfect His praiseMatt 21:16
68. Psa 8:5-6His humiliation and exaltationHeb 2:5-9
69. Psa 9:7-10Judge the world in righteousnessActs 17:31
70. Psa 16:10Was not to see corruptionActs 2:31; 13:35
71. Psa 16:9-11Was to arise from the deadJohn 20:9
72. Psa 17:15The resurrection predictedLuke 24:6
73. Psa 18:2-3The horn of salvationLuke 1:69-71
74. Psa 22:1Forsaken because of sins of others2 Cor 5:21
75. Psa 22:1“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”Matt 27:46
76. Psa 22:2Darkness upon Calvary for three hoursMatt 27:45
77. Psa 22:7They shoot out the lip and shake the headMatt 27:39-44
78. Psa 22:8“He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him”Matt 27:43
79. Psa 22:9-10Born the SaviorLuke 2:7
80. Psa 22:12-13They seek His deathJohn 19:6
81. Psa 22:14His blood poured out when they pierced His sideJohn 19:34
82. Psa 22:14-15Suffered agony on CalvaryMark 15:34-37
83. Psa 22:15He thirstedJohn 19:28
84. Psa 22:16They pierced His hands and His feetJohn 19:34-37; 20:27
85. Psa 22:17-18Stripped Him before the stares of menLuke 23:34-35
86. Psa 22:18They parted His garmentsJohn 19:23-24
87. Psa 22:20-21He committed Himself to GodLuke 23:46
88. Psa 22:20-21Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heelHeb 2:14
89. Psa 22:22His Resurrection declaredJohn 20:17
90. Psa 22:27-28He shall be the governor of the nationsCol 1:16
91. Psa 22:31“It is finished”John 19:30; Heb 10:10-12, 14, 18
92. Psa 23:1“I am the Good Shepherd”John 10:11; 1 Pet 2:25
93. Psa 24:3His exaltation predictedActs 1:11; Phil 2:9
94. Psa 30:3His resurrection predictedActs 2:32
95. Psa 31:5“Into Your hands I commit my spirit”Luke 23:46
96. Psa 31:11His acquaintances fled from HimMark 14:50
97. Psa 31:13They took counsel to put Him to deathMatt 27:1; John 11:53
98. Psa 31:14-15“He trusted in God, let Him deliver him”Matt 27:43
99. Psa 34:20Not a bone of Him brokenJohn 19:31-36
100. Psa 35:11False witnesses rose up against HimMatt 26:59
101. Psa 35:19He was hated without a causeJohn 15:25
102. Psa 38:11His friends stood afar offLuke 23:49
103. Psa 38:12Enemies try to entangle Him by craftMark 14:1; Matt 22:15
104. Psa 38:12-13Silent before His accusersMatt 27:12-14
105. Psa 38:20He went about doing goodActs 10:38
106. Psa 40:2-5The joy of His resurrection predictedJohn 20:20
107. Psa 40:6-8His delight-the will of the FatherJohn 4:34; Heb 10:5-10
108. Psa 40:9He was to preach the Righteousness in IsraelMatt 4:17
109. Psa 40:14Confronted by adversaries in the GardenJohn 18:4-6
110. Psa 41:9Betrayed by a familiar friendJohn 13:18
111. Psa 45:2Words of Grace come from His lipsJohn 1:17; Luke 4:22
112. Psa 45:6To own the title, God or ElohimHeb 1:8
113. Psa 45:7A special anointing by the Holy SpiritMatt 3:16; Heb. 1:9
114. Psa 45:7-8Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed)Luke 2:11
115. Psa 45:17His name remembered foreverEph 1:20-21; Heb. 1:8
116. Psa 55:12-14Betrayed by a friend, not an enemyJohn 13:18
117. Psa 55:15Unrepentant death of the BetrayerMatt 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
118. Psa 68:18To give gifts to menEph 4:7-16
119. Psa 68:18Ascended into HeavenLuke 24:51
120. Psa 69:4Hated without a causeJohn 15:25
121. Psa 69:8A stranger to own brethrenJohn 1:11; 7:5
122. Psa 69:9Zealous for the Lord’s HouseJohn 2:17
123. Psa 69:14-20Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixionMatt 26:36-45
124. Psa 69:20“My soul is exceeding sorrowful”Matt 26:38
125. Psa 69:21Given vinegar in thirstMatt 27:34
126. Psa 69:26The Savior given and smitten by GodJohn 17:4; 18:11
127. Psa 72:10-11Great persons were to visit HimMatt 2:1-11
128. Psa 72:16The corn of wheat to fall into the GroundJohn 12:24-25
129. Psa 72:17Belief on His name will produce offspringJohn 1:12-13
130. Psa 72:17All nations shall be blessed by HimGal 3:8
131. Psa 72:17All nations shall call Him blessedJohn 12:13; Rev 5:8-12
132. Psa 78:1-2He would teach in parablesMatt 13:34-35
133. Psa 78:2bTo speak the Wisdom of God with authorityMatt 7:29
134. Psa 80:17The Man of God’s right handMark 14:61-62
135. Psa 88The Suffering and Reproach of CalvaryMatt 27:26-50
136. Psa 88:8They stood afar off and watchedLuke 23:49
137. Psa 89:27FirstbornCol 1:15-18
138. Psa 89:27Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kingsLuke 1:32-33
139. Psa 89:35-37David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure foreverLuke 1:32-33
140. Psa 89:36-37His character-FaithfulnessRev 1:5; 19:11
141. Psa 90:2He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2)John 1:1
142. Psa 91:11-12Identified as Messianic, used to tempt ChristLuke 4:10-11
143. Psa 97:9His exaltation predictedActs 1:11; Eph 1:20
144. Psa 100:5His character-GoodnessMatt 19:16-17
145. Psa 102:1-11The Suffering and Reproach of CalvaryJohn 19:16-30
146. Psa 102:25-27Messiah is the Preexistent SonHeb 1:10-12
147. Psa 109:25RidiculedMatt 27:39
148. Psa 110:1Son of DavidMatt 22:42-43
149. Psa 110:1To ascend to the right-hand of the FatherMark 16:19
150. Psa 110:1David’s son called LordMatt 22:44-45
151. Psa 110:4A priest after Melchizedek’s orderHeb 6:20
152. Psa 112:4His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et alMatt 9:36
153. Psa 118:17-18Messiah’s Resurrection assuredLuke 24:5-7; 1 Cor 15:20
154. Psa 118:22-23The rejected stone is Head of the cornerMatt 21:42-43
155. Psa 118:26aThe Blessed One presented to IsraelMatt 21:9
156. Psa 118:26bTo come while Temple standingMatt 21:12-15
157. Psa 132:11The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body)Luke 1:32; Act 2:30
158. Psa 129:3He was scourgedMatt 27:26
159. Psa 138:1-6The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kingsMatt 2:2-6
160. Psa 147:3-6The earthly ministry of Christ describedLuke 4:18
161. Prov 1:23He will send the Spirit of GodJohn 16:7
162. Prov 8:23Foreordained from everlastingRev 13:8; 1 Pet 1:19-20
163. Song 5:16The altogether lovely OneJohn 1:17
164. Isa 2:3He shall teach all nationsJohn 4:25
165. Isa 2:4He shall judge among the nationsJohn 5:22
166. Isa 6:1When Isaiah saw His gloryJohn 12:40-41
167. Isa 6:8The One Sent by GodJohn 12:38-45
168. Isa 6:9-10Parables fall on deaf earsMatt 13:13-15
169. Isa 6:9-12Blinded to Christ and deaf to His wordsActs 28:23-29
170. Isa 7:14To be born of a virginLuke 1:35
171. Isa 7:14To be Emmanuel-God with usMatt 1:18-23; 1 Tim 3:16
172. Isa 8:8Called EmmanuelMatt 28:20
173. Isa 8:14A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense1 Pet 2:8
174. Isa 9:1-2His ministry to begin in GalileeMatt 4:12-17
175. Isa 9:6A child born-HumanityLuke 1:31
176. Isa 9:6A Son given-DeityLuke 1:32; John 1:14; 1 Tim 3:16
177. Isa 9:6Declared to be the Son of God with powerRom 1:3-4
178. Isa 9:6The Wonderful One, PelehLuke 4:22
179. Isa 9:6The Counselor, YaatzMatt 13:54
180. Isa 9:6The Mighty God, El Gibor1 Cor 1:24; Titus 2:3
181. Isa 9:6The Everlasting Father, Avi AdthJohn 8:58; 10:30
182. Isa 9:6The Prince of Peace, Sar ShalomJohn 16:33
183. Isa 9:7To establish an everlasting kingdomLuke 1:32-33
184. Isa 9:7His Character-JustJohn 5:30
185. Isa 9:7No end to his Government, Throne, and PeaceLuke 1:32-33
186. Isa 11:1Called a Nazarene-the Branch, NetzerMatt 2:23
187. Isa 11:1A rod out of Jesse-Son of JesseLuke 3:23-32
188. Isa 11:2Anointed One by the SpiritMatt 3:16-17; Acts 10:38
189. Isa 11:2His Character-Wisdom, Knowledge, et alCol 2:3
190. Isa 11:3He would know their thoughtsLuke 6:8; John 2:25
191. Isa 11:4Judge in righteousnessActs 17:31
192. Isa 11:4Judges with the sword of His mouthRev 2:16; 19:11, 15
193. Isa 11:5Character: Righteous & FaithfulRev 19:11
194. Isa 11:10The Gentiles seek HimJohn 12:18-21
195. Isa 12:2Called Jesus-YeshuaMatt 1:21
196. Isa 22:22The One given all authority to governRev 3:7
197. Isa 25:8The Resurrection predicted1 Cor 15:54
198. Isa 26:19His power of Resurrection predictedMatt 27:50-54
199. Isa 28:16The Messiah is the precious corner stoneActs 4:11-12
200. Isa 28:16The Sure Foundation1 Cor 3:11; Matt 16:18
201. Isa 29:13He indicated hypocritical obedience to His WordMatt 15:7-9
202. Isa 29:14The wise are confounded by the Word1 Cor 1:18-31
203. Isa 32:2A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding placeMatt 23:37
204. Isa 35:4He will come and save youMatt 1:21
205. Isa 35:5-6To have a ministry of miraclesMatt 11:2-6
206. Isa 40:3-4Preceded by forerunnerJohn 1:23
207. Isa 40:9“Behold your God”John 1:36; 19:14
208. Isa 40:10He will come to rewardRev 22:12
209. Isa 40:11A shepherd-compassionate life-giverJohn 10:10-18
210. Isa 42:1-4The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemerMatt 12:18-21
211. Isa 42:2Meek and lowlyMatt 11:28-30
212. Isa 42:3He brings hope for the hopelessJohn 4
213. Isa 42:4The nations shall wait on His teachingsJohn 12:20-26
214. Isa 42:6The Light (salvation) of the GentilesLuke 2:32
215. Isa 42:1-6His is a worldwide compassionMatt 28:19-20
216. Isa 42:7Blind eyes openedJohn 9:25-38
217. Isa 43:11He is the only SaviorActs 4:12
218. Isa 44:3He will send the Spirit of GodJohn 16:7-13
219. Isa 45:21-25He is Lord and SaviorPhil 3:20; Titus 2:13
220. Isa 45:23He will be the JudgeJohn 5:22; Rom 14:11
221. Isa 46:9-10Declares things not yet doneJohn 13:19
222. Isa 48:12The First and the LastJohn 1:30; Rev 1:8, 17
223. Isa 48:16-17He came as a TeacherJohn 3:2
224. Isa 49:1Called from the womb-His humanityMatt 1:18
225. Isa 49:5A Servant from the wombLuke 1:31; Phil 2:7
226. Isa 49:6He will restore IsraelActs 3:19-21; 15:16-17
227. Isa 49:6He is Salvation for IsraelLuke 2:29-32
228. Isa 49:6He is the Light of the GentilesJohn 8:12; Acts 13:47
229. Isa 49:6He is Salvation unto the ends of the earthActs 15:7-18
230. Isa 49:7He is despised of the NationJohn 1:11; 8:48-49; 19:14-15
231. Isa 50:3Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliationLuke 23:44-45
232. Isa 50:4He is a learned counselor for the wearyMatt 7:29; 11:28-29
233. Isa 50:5The Servant bound willingly to obedienceMatt 26:39
234. Isa 50:6a“I gave my back to those who struck Me”Matt 27:26
235. Isa 50:6bHe was smitten on the cheeksMatt 26:67
236. Isa 50:6cHe was spat uponMatt 27:30
237. Isa 52:7Published good tidings upon mountainsMatt 5:12; 15:29; 28:16
238. Isa 52:13The Servant exaltedActs 1:8-11; Eph 1:19-22; Phil 2:5-9
239. Isa 52:14The Servant shockingly abusedLuke 18:31-34; Matt 26:67-68
240. Isa 52:15Nations startled by message of the ServantLuke 18:31-34; Matt 26:67-68
241. Isa 52:15His blood shed sprinkles nationsHeb 9:13-14; Rev 1:5
242. Isa 53:1His people would not believe HimJohn 12:37-38
243. Isa 53:2Appearance of an ordinary manPhil 2:6-8
244. Isa 53:3aDespisedLuke 4:28-29
245. Isa 53:3bRejectedMatt 27:21-23
246. Isa 53:3cGreat sorrow and griefMatt 26:37-38; Luke 19:41; Heb 4:15
247. Isa 53:3dMen hide from being associated with HimMark 14:50-52
248. Isa 53:4aHe would have a healing ministryMatt 8:16-17
249. Isa 53:4bThought to be cursed by GodMatt 26:66; 27:41-43
250. Isa 53:5aBears penalty for mankind’s iniquities2 Cor 5:21; Heb 2:9
251. Isa 53:5bHis sacrifice provides peace between man and GodCol 1:20
252. Isa 53:5cHis sacrifice would heal man of sin1 Pet 2:24
253. Isa 53:6aHe would be the sin-bearer for all mankind1 John 2:2; 4:10
254. Isa 53:6bGod’s will that He bear sin for all mankindGal 1:4
255. Isa 53:7aOppressed and afflictedMatt 27:27-31
256. Isa 53:7bSilent before his accusersMatt 27:12-14
257. Isa 53:7cSacrificial lambJohn 1:29; 1 Pet 1:18-19
258. Isa 53:8aConfined and persecutedMatt 26:47-27:31
259. Isa 53:8bHe would be judgedJohn 18:13-22
260. Isa 53:8cKilledMatt 27:35
261. Isa 53:8dDies for the sins of the world1 John 2:2
262. Isa 53:9aBuried in a rich man’s graveMatt 27:57
263. Isa 53:9bInnocent and had done no violenceLuke 23:41; John 18:38
264. Isa 53:9cNo deceit in his mouth1 Pet 2:22
265. Isa 53:10aGod’s will that He die for mankindJohn 18:11
266. Isa 53:10bAn offering for sinMatt 20:28; Gal 3:13
267. Isa 53:10cResurrected and live foreverRom 6:9
268. Isa 53:10dHe would prosperJohn 17:1-5
269. Isa 53:11aGod fully satisfied with His sufferingJohn 12:27
270. Isa 53:11bGod’s servant would justify manRom 5:8-9, 18-19
271. Isa 53:11cThe sin-bearer for all mankindHeb 9:28
272. Isa 53:12aExalted by God because of his sacrificeMatt 28:18
273. Isa 53:12bHe would give up his life to save mankindLuke 23:46
274. Isa 53:12cNumbered with the transgressorsMark 15:27-28
275. Isa 53:12dSin-bearer for all mankind1 Pet 2:24
276. Isa 53:12eIntercede to God in behalf of mankindLuke 23:34; Rom 8:34
277. Isa 55:3Resurrected by GodActs 13:34
278. Isa 55:4aA witnessJohn 18:37
279. Isa 55:4bHe is a leader and commanderHeb 2:10
280. Isa 55:5God would glorify HimActs 3:13
281. Isa 59:16aIntercessor between man and GodMatt 10:32
282. Isa 59:16bHe would come to provide salvationJohn 6:40
283. Isa 59:20He would come to Zion as their RedeemerLuke 2:38
284. Isa 60:1-3He would show light to the GentilesActs 26:23
285. Isa 61:1aThe Spirit of God upon himMatt 3:16-17
286. Isa 61:1bThe Messiah would preach the good newsLuke 4:16-21
287. Isa 61:1cProvide freedom from the bondage of sinJohn 8:31-36
288. Isa 61:1-2aProclaim a period of graceGal 4:4-5
289. Jer 23:5-6Descendant of DavidLuke 3:23-31
290. Jer 23:5-6The Messiah would be both God and ManJohn 13:13; 1 Tim 3:16
291. Jer 31:22Born of a virginMatt 1:18-20
292. Jer 31:31The Messiah would be the new covenantMatt 26:28
293. Jer 33:14-15Descendant of DavidLuke 3:23-31
294. Ezek 34:23-24Descendant of DavidMatt 1:1
295. Ezek 37:24-25Descendant of DavidLuke 1:31-33
296. Dan 2:44-45The Stone that shall break the kingdomsMatt 21:44
297. Dan 7:13-14aHe would ascend into heavenActs 1:9-11
298. Dan 7:13-14bHighly exaltedEph 1:20-22
299. Dan 7:13-14cHis dominion would be everlastingLuke 1:31-33
300. Dan 9:24aTo make an end to sinsGal 1:3-5
301. Dan 9:24aTo make reconciliation for iniquityRom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:18-21
302. Dan 9:24bHe would be holyLuke 1:35
303. Dan 9:25His announcementJohn 12:12-13
304. Dan 9:26aCut offMatt 16:21; 21:38-39
305. Dan 9:26bDie for the sins of the worldHeb 2:9
306. Dan 9:26cKilled before the destruction of the templeMatt 27:50-51
307. Dan 10:5-6Messiah in a glorified stateRev 1:13-16
308. Hos 11:1He would be called out of EgyptMatt 2:15
309. Hos 13:14He would defeat death1 Cor 15:55-57
310. Joel 2:32Offer salvation to all mankindRom 10:9-13
311. Jonah 1:17Death and resurrection of ChristMatt 12:40; 16:4
312. Mic 5:2aBorn in BethlehemMatt 2:1-6
313. Mic 5:2bRuler in IsraelLuke 1:33
314. Mic 5:2cFrom everlastingJohn 8:58
315. Hag 2:6-9He would visit the second TempleLuke 2:27-32
316. Hag 2:23Descendant of ZerubbabelLuke 2:27-32
317. Zech 3:8God’s servantJohn 17:4
318. Zech 6:12-13Priest and KingHeb 8:1
319. Zech 9:9aGreeted with rejoicing in JerusalemMatt 21:8-10
320. Zech 9:9bBeheld as KingJohn 12:12-13
321. Zech 9:9cThe Messiah would be justJohn 5:30
322. Zech 9:9dThe Messiah would bring salvationLuke 19:10
323. Zech 9:9eThe Messiah would be humbleMatt 11:29
324. Zech 9:9fPresented to Jerusalem riding on a donkeyMatt 21:6-9
325. Zech 10:4The cornerstoneEph 2:20
326. Zech 11:4-6aAt His coming, Israel to have unfit leadersMatt 23:1-4
327. Zech 11:4-6bRejection causes God to remove His protectionLuke 19:41-44
328. Zech 11:4-6cRejected in favor of another kingJohn 19:13-15
329. Zech 11:7Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnantMatt 9:35-36
330. Zech 11:8aUnbelief forces Messiah to reject themMatt 23:33
331. Zech 11:8bDespisedMatt 27:20
332. Zech 11:9Stops ministering to those who rejected HimMatt 13:10-11
333. Zech 11:10-11aRejection causes God to remove protectionLuke 19:41-44
334. Zech 11:10-11bThe Messiah would be GodJohn 14:7
335. Zech 11:12-13aBetrayed for thirty pieces of silverMatt 26:14-15
336. Zech 11:12-13bRejectedMatt 26:14-15
337. Zech 11:12-13cThirty pieces of silver cast in the house of the LordMatt 27:3-5
338. Zech 11:12-13dThe Messiah would be GodJohn 12:45
339. Zech 12:10aThe Messiah’s body would be piercedJohn 19:34-37
340. Zech 12:10bThe Messiah would be both God and manJohn 10:30
341. Zech 12:10cThe Messiah would be rejectedJohn 1:11
342. Zech 13:7aGod’s will He die for mankindJohn 18:11
343. Zech 13:7bA violent deathMark 14:27
344. Zech 13:7cBoth God and manJohn 14:9
345. Zech 13:7dIsrael scattered as a result of rejecting HimMatt 26:31-56
346. Zech 14:4He would return to the Mt. of OlivesActs 1:11-12
347. Mal 3:1aMessenger to prepare the way for MessiahMark 1:1-8
348. Mal 3:1bSudden appearance at the templeMark 11:15-16
349. Mal 3:1cMessenger of the new covenantLuke 4:43
350. Mal 4:5Forerunner in spirit of ElijahMatt 3:1-3; 11:10-14; 17:11-13
351. Mal 4:6Forerunner would turn many to righteousnessLuke 1:16-17

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