All the prophets … have foretold these days. (Acts 3:24)
Yesterday we heard the Lord’s words pointing forward to the Moses-like prophet whom the Lord would raise up for His people. But not only was Jesus the fulfillment of this prophecy, but of many prophecies, going all the way back to Genesis 3:15. To Eve, as she was just beginning to experience the destructive effects of sin, God prophesied that her offspring would one day crush Satan’s head – Jesus did so at His cross and empty tomb and will do so once and for all on the Last Day!
David prophesied in great detail about how Jesus would suffer through being forsaken by His father, through the piercing of His hands and feet, through watching soldiers play games to receive His only earthly possessions, and more (Ps. 22:1, 16, 18). Like a Lamb led to slaughter, Jesus did not open His mouth to defend Himself, and He was buried in a rich man’s grave (Is. 53:7, 9). Though Jesus truly died, God did not abandon Him to the grave (Ps. 16:10; Ac. 2:29-32) but raised Him up for us! This is just a sampling of the prophecies that only Jesus could and did fulfil! Jesus fulfills God’s Word and the longings of God’s people to the fullest!
Jesus, help me trust that You will fulfill all your promises for me. Amen.