Meteorologists have a tough job.
They are called upon to predict the weather, often attempting an extended forecast days in advance.
Sometimes they are accurate.
Sometimes they miss badly.
Still, we appreciate the work meteorologists do in giving us a heads up about what to wear or whether or not to head up the mountains for a hike.
Yet, the Bible makes detailed forecasts regarding the promised Messiah hundreds and hundreds of years in advance.
The Old Testament is the forecast. The New Testament is the pinpoint fulfillment of that forecast.
It really is staggering in its accuracy.
Here are just some of those forecasts that were fulfilled:
- He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23)
- Would be a descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16)
- Would be of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14)
- Would be of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1)
- Would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7)
- Would be taken to Egypt as a child (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:14-15)
- Herod´s killing of the infants (Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:16-18)
- He would be anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17)
- Would be heralded by the messenger of the Lord (John the Baptist) (Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:1-3)
- Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35)
- Would preach good news (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:14-21)
- Would minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1; Matthew 4:12-16)
- Would cleanse the Temple (Malachi 3:1; Matthew 21:12-13)
- Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9)
- Would be rejected by Jews (Psalm 118:22; I Peter 2:7)
- Would die a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving:
- rejection (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5,48)
- betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18)
- sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15
- silence before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)
- being mocked (Psalm 22: 7-8; Matthew 27:31)
- beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26)
- spit upon (Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 27:30)
- piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31)
- being crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38)
- praying for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34)
- piercing His side (Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34)
- given gall and vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21, Matthew 27:34, Luke 23:36)
- no broken bones (Psalm 34:20; John 19:32-36)
- buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60
- casting lots for His garments (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
- Would rise from the dead (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31)
- Would ascend into Heaven (Psalm 68:18; Acts 1:9)
- Would sit down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:3)
That is pretty cool.