CHALLENGE 2 | Faith Perfected

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 🙂

5 thoughts on “CHALLENGE 2 | Faith Perfected

  1. Genesis 49:10 – “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
    Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
    Until Shiloh comes;
    And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” – The Lord Jesus will come through the line of Judah.

    Psalm 110: 4 – “The Lord has sworn
    And will not relent,
    “You are a priest forever
    According to the order of Melchizedek.”” – Prophesies of the Lord’s eternal priesthood.

    Psalm 118: 22-23 – “The stone which the builders rejected
    Has become the chief cornerstone.
    This was the Lord’s doing;
    It is marvelous in our eyes.” – Prophesies of the Lord’s deity. Though He was crucified, He would still be glorified.

  2. Isaiah 7:14 (KJV) 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  

    Matthew 1:23 (KJV)
    Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

    Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

    John 18:36 (KJV) 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

    Isaiah 11:1 (KJV) 1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

    Romans 15:12 (KJV) 12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

    Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) 5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

    1 Peter 2:24 (KJV)
    Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

  3. 1. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! “(John 1:29) : Prophecy which depicts the promise Jesus give to the world.

    2. Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” (John 2:19) : Prophecy depicting Christ’s death and resurrection.

    3. and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:17-19) :Prophecy depicting Christ’s mission, divine character.

  4. Isaiah 50:6 (b)
    I hid not my face
    from disgrace and spitting

    Matthew 27:30
    And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head.

    Psalm 69:21
    They gave me poison for food,
    and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.

    Matthew 27:34
    they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.

    Psalm 109:25
    I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
    when they see me, they wag their heads.

    Matthew 27:39
    And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads

  5. Thanks so much for taking time to complete our second challenge! We hope you found your time in the Word SO rewarding and challenging! Though each of you gave great answers, we would like to congratulate Rachel James for being our second challenge winner! We’ll be contacting you soon, Rachel! Stay in the Word, friends! 🙂

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