Proof Jesus is the Messiah and God
Proof Jesus Is the Messiah- studies by Don Giddens
One Old Testament prophet after another trumpets the truth Jesus is God and Savior. Find their proofs from Genesis to Zachariah in these books by Giddens.
Jesus in Genesis is a study book to help us to see Jesus was prominent throughout the Book of Genesis. He is seen as Creator and Lamb. He wrestles with Jacob and helps the defenseless, Ishmael. The virgin birth, death, and resurrection and return of the Lamb of God are predicted in Genesis. Study questions for a course in Genesis. Ample room for notes and prayers. 381 pages.
Jesus in Isaiah is a study of the names and character of God in Isaiah that prove Jesus is the Messiah, God the Son and the Son of God. Enjoy this Bible Study Course to be augmented by your personal or group study. Ample room for notes, comments, or prayer
The Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are arranged in one narrative to easily investigate the eyewitness accounts proving Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Son of God, and God the Son! Each reference to Jesus as Messiah is annotated with AΩ (Alpha-Omega). Key Greek words defined. Bulk Discounts available here. The author compiled this book to use when teaching the life, death, and resurrection of Christ in the Gospels. The KJV text is used.
The First Coming of the Christ (Messiah)
The Prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah would be of the Root of David, the Promised Seed and seed of Judah and Jacob. Of course, the genealogies in Matthew and Luke prove that.
Infinitely greater the voice of God booming out from Heaven, prove Him- "This is my Beloved Son. Hear ye Him" proved He was God in on earth, God in flesh.
Even the little children and the blind men knew Jesus was the "Son of David." The little children threw branches on the path of Jesus when He went through the gates of Jerusalem on a donkey. The blind man exclaimed, "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me." Isaiah said the Messiah would be the Branch of David. The blind man knew Him.
As a child I knew by the sandstorms in West Texas that the wrath of God was to be feared: then, the gentle rains convinced me there is mercy and forgiveness and a new day.
Born in Bethlehem- Immanuel (God with us)
He was to born of a virgin and He was. Isaiah calls Him, Anointed. The Name, Christ, means Anointed. He was anointed to take away the sin of the world. The Name Jesus means "God is Savior."
The Earthly ministry of Jesus in Galilee
Isaiah nine gives us the location of the Messiah's ministry on earth- Galilee, Napthali, Zion.
He is coming, said Isaiah, to heal the brokenhearted, comfort Zion, call the lame, the blind and the deaf.
Isaiah 61. 1. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Isaiah 61 says that the Spirit of the LORD rests on the Messiah. When Jesus was on earth He read this in the temple, closed the scroll, and said, "This day this is fulfilled in your ears." He is the "springs of Living Water." Isaiah says He is our Strength, Song, and Salvation. Sing to Him. Call upon His Name.
Isaiah said the Messiah would be our Shepherd. Jesus said He was the Good Shepherd who gives His life for the sheep. The Bible calls Christ the Good Shepherd, the Chief Shepherd, and the Great Shepherd. In particular He is the Shepherd of Israel and of all believers.
Over and over in the New Testament it is recorded that Jesus did exactly what prophets had predicted :
He told us we were sinners needing a Savior. He told us "all our righteousnesses were as filthy rags" in different words.
If we thought we could see, we were blind. If we heard we were deaf. He said the flesh profited nothing; the Spirit gave life. He said He was Light, Life, and the Bread thereof.
He named our sins and called us to repentance.
And then, He was crucified for our sins.
The Crucifixion and Resurrection
Jesus came to earth to serve and to suffer and to save. The Prophet Isaiah described His crucifixion in minute detail. Isaiah says that only God is Savior. Thus, since Jesus is the Savior we know He is God.
When He healed the sick, raised the dead, healed the lame and the blind, walked on water, knew men's thoughts, He proved He was God.
Then, in Jerusalem, on Golgatha's hill, the exact location of the Temple, Mount Zion, and where Abraham offered up Isaac Jesus died. Abraham told Isaac "My son, God will provide HIMSELF a lamb for an offering". He did that when Jesus, God Himself in flesh, Immanuel, died for the sin of mankind.
Isaiah says He was Mighty to save, the only Savior, the Key to the House of David. Isaiah said He invites us to be saved. The invitation in Isaiah is extended to the Gentiles. Jesus is the promised Light of the Gentiles.
Crucified! Isaiah 52, 53
He set His face like a flint and gave His back to the smiters. His visage was marred more than any man. He was despised and rejected, a Man of sorrows. Wounded for our transgressions. By His stripes we are healed. There was no beauty in Him that we should desire Him. We hid our faces from Him; He bore our chastisement. He was bruised for our iniquities. He sprinkled the nations (with His blood.)
Nailed to the cross He was the "nail in a sure place." "He was numbered with the transgressors."
He purged Israel's sins. Isaiah 1, 27. Removed them all in one day- Isaiah 22.
He redeemed us without money. Isaiah 52.
He became our Righteousness. Isaiah 54.
He "roared out of Zion." "IT IS FINISHED.
Thus, He "poured out His soul unto death."
Behold, thy God!
Then, He made His grave with the rich. And after that-
Isaiah 25 says He "swallowed up death in victory" a thought that has resounded throughout the Bible and the life of redeemed man. Every time we lay one of our loved ones in the grace we think of the victory Jesus won over death when He rose again.
Jesus in Isaiah: From Eternity Past
In Eternity Past
According to the Book of John , Jesus was the Word of God who lived in Eternity past, made the Heavens and the earth and all "that in them is" and came in flesh to dwell among us. Isaiah speaks of the Word of God also. The Word endures forever, accomplishes its purpose, will never leave us and will be taught in Jerusalem in Eternity. Thus, the life of Jesus, the Word of God , is from Eternity past through Eternity future. From everlasting to everlasting.
His hands spanned the Heavens stretching them out like a curtain for His tent. He sits on the circle of the earth.
He weighed the mountains and the hills.
Was Jesus created? Isaiah gives the clearest answer in the Scriptures in Isaiah 43. "Before me there was no other God; after me there will be no other God." Thus, God the Son and God the Father were always ONE and always will be ONE. They are always mutually self-existent and co-existent.
Jesus was "from the beginning." Isaiah 48.
True Prophets do not lie.
Jesus was a prophet also. He said,
"I and my Father are ONE." If they are ONE they always were ONE and always will be ONE. Three in One.
The Name Elohim can only mean God, the God-Three (Father, Son and Spirit) in ONE.
The Spirit of God and His Christ is named in Isaiah as the Angel of the Lord who slew the Assyrians. He is the Seven-fold Spirit in Isaiah as He is in Revelation. 1) The Spirit of God, 2) The Spirit of judgment and burning, 3) wisdom and understanding, 4) counsel and 5) might, 6) knowledge and 7) fear of the Lord.
From Creation to the First Coming
How did (or does) Jesus deal with nations from the Creation until He came to earth the first time?
Remember we are primarily relying on the Prophet Isaiah in this summary and book. There are many other things written in the Old Testament, Psalms, and the Four Gospels and New Testament about Jesus.
Isaiah has many examples of how Christ in God has dealt and will deal with nations and individuals. Isaiah names many nations who suffered God's wrath because of their sin, how they treated the poor, widows, orphans, and worshipped false gods for example.
According to Isaiah this Messiah also was the One who gave Israel water out of the rock. Spiritually speaking He is our Rock, Strength and Salvation. Thus, those who are thirsty go to Him, the weak find strength, the weary are renewed "mounting up with wings like an eagle". The brokenhearted, meek and sinful find He is their merciful, sufficient Suffering Savior.
The nations "Are a drop in the bucket". God raises them up and puts them down. He gives them prosperity and poverty. He destroys their crops. Scatters them "tossing them like a ball" in His wrath. Anyone who has ever seen the results of a tornado, tsunami, earthquake or hurricane has thought the same whether or not they attributed it to the "hand of God."
His "ways are higher than ours" and it is through wrath that He remembers mercy. Those He scatters He re-gathers with tears.
Israel in particular is the vineyard of God. He cares for it, protects it, prunes it. However, the Prophet Isaiah clearly states the Gentiles will see the Light of the Gentiles, Jesus.
Jerusalem is His dwelling place. He has defended it, and will defend it. According to the New Testament He walked there, ministered there, and died there. He is coming back to rule and reign there. "Jerusalem is the Apple of His eye." Jesus wept over it because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
He is Wisdom. He teaches our children, teaches farmers when and how to plant, teaches men to fight, men and women how to live.
He is the Lord of hosts. YHWH Adonay. Elohim. For centuries He has dealt with nations in mercy and wrath. He has scattered many nations. He will re-gather a few, namely Assyria, Egypt and Israel, a confederacy, "the peeled of the earth."
What about the other nations not named in the Bible? Did they have any proof there was a God who loved them? Who hated sin? Who forgave? Who was steadfast and dependable?
The Bible says the Heavens declare His glory. Every drop of rain showed His mercy, drought His wrath. Rain, again, His mercy. The seasons told of death and resurrection. The skies declared His glory, Eternity, power and love.
From time to time His wrath was revealed. But His mercy was always greater.
Although the scrolls of Isaiah were hidden in a hillside cave for four thousand years the God of Isaiah was visible everyday.
Every morning and evening, every new day, bird, flower, and form of life preached His mercy, power, love and grace.
He is One. He knows the end from the beginning. He knew us before we were born. The Messiah God, Jesus, is All- knowing (Omniscient) All-powerful (Omnipotent), and All-present (Omnipresent). Jesus is One with the Father and Spirit. All through Isaiah this fact is proven. Adown, Adonay, Jehovah, JHWH, God, Ab the Father, the Creator, the Savior, the Lord of hosts are all One.
Someday Israel will truly know His Name.
Today, He is still the Stone of stumbling to the nation as a whole. Though He is their Cornerstone, the foundation of time and eternity, He is still rejected by His Chosen people.
They had signs proving He was God the Savior. He made the sun go backwards. The greatest sign was His resurrection from the dead.
Peace and mercy through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.