If you haven’t read the post from Monday, here is a quick summary. By God’s grace alone, we are entering our 4th year as “Come Awake.” As a celebration, we wanted to refocus our commitment to his infallible Word! Each day of this week we are posting a new challenge, and the first person to comment correctly in response to the challenge will be rewarded with a personalized Come Awake gift! Before we get into the challenge for today, let’s spend a moment in the Word.
Three days after His death on the cross, Jesus Christ rose from the grave! At the end of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) we read of the risen Savior appearing to His disciples and others and at the start of Acts, many witnessed the risen Savior ascend to heaven! Corinthians also recalls that over 500 brothers witnessed the risen Savior alive and well. This caused an absolute fire among people consumed by the gracious Love of Jesus Christ – a Love that completely conquered death for you and me despite our sin. That fact changed countless people, including the once terrible, Paul, and it continues to do so today.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation and finishing of our faith. Faith in God existed from the beginning of mankind, but because of sin it wasn’t until the death and resurrection of Christ that the faith of so many men was perfected. It was resolved and proven once and for all, and it gives us the building blocks to live like Him. Hebrews 11 lists many great men of faith from the Old Testament and all of those witnesses point directly to Christ and the cross:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. | Hebrews 12:1-2
His life, his death, and his resurrection were perfect. He was the answer to our depravity. He conquered death for us, so that we might live! He became the final perfection of a faith that had been developed over millennia, and He did so by fulfilling countless prophecies. In Genesis 3:15, the Lord curses the serpent (the Devil) because he deceived the woman. The Lord says “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, an you shall bruise his heal.” The verse curiously resolves the woman’s offspring into a single “he,” and thousands of years later, He is born. And He lives a perfect life in order to conquer the sting of death and bruise the serpents head!
What are 3 prophecies that Jesus Christ fulfilled?
Guidelines: You cannot use the prophecy outlined above… Each prophecy must be proven by referencing Scripture. The first to present a verifiable list of fulfilled prophecies will be the winner! Hint: The gospels are a good place to start. Have fun 🙂