God’s Missional Action

When God came down to man as a baby, He came with a purpose. As the incarnate of God, Jesus lived out His life on earth fulfilling the mission that He was sent to accomplish. That mission was prophesied by the Old Testament prophets and started with His birth and culminated in the cross and resurrection.

                God’s missional action seen in the promise of Christ. There is believed to be over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Jesus. Every single one of those prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus. The probability of that happening is very slim, yet it did happen. It has been proposed that the odds of Jesus fulfilling just eight of the several hundred prophecies concerning Himself would be 10 to the 17th power. In his book, Science Speaks, Peter Stoner applies the modern science of probability to just eight prophecies regarding Christ. He says, “The chance that any man might have …fulfilled all eight prophecies is one in 10 to the 17th. That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.” (one-hundred quadrillion). Stoner suggests that “we take 10 to the 17th silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state 2 feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly… Blindfold a man and tell him he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up [that one marked silver dollar.] What chance would he have of getting the right one?” Stoner concludes, “Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing those eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man.” Jesus did not just fulfill eight of those prophecies, He fulfilled several hundred. Actually, He fulfilled 100% of the prophecies concerning Himself with precise accuracy.

                What are some of these prophecies? Check out the following chart of just 46 prophecies and their fulfillment:

 Prophecies of JesusOld Testament ScriptureNew Testament Fulfillment

Messiah would be born of a woman.Genesis 3:15Matthew 1:20 Galatians 4:4

Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.Micah 5:2Matthew 2:1
Luke 2:4-6

Messiah would be born of a virgin.Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:22-23 Luke 1:26-31

Messiah would come from the line of Abraham.Genesis 12:3
Genesis 22:18
Matthew 1:1
Romans 9:5

Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac.Genesis 17:19 Genesis 21:12

Luke 3:34
Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob.

Numbers 24:17Matthew 1:2
Messiah would come from the tribe Genesis of Judah.

Genesis 49:10Luke 3:33
Hebrews 7:14
Messiah would be heir to King David’s throne.2 Samuel 7:12-13 Isaiah 9:7Luke 1:32-33
Romans 1:3

Messiah’s throne will be anointed and eternal.Psalm 45:6-7
 Daniel 2:44
Luke 1:33
Hebrews 1:8-12

Messiah would be called Immanuel.Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:23

Messiah would spend a season in Egypt.

Hosea 11:1Matthew 2:14-15
A massacre of children would happen at Messiah’s birthplace.

Jeremiah 31:15Matthew 2:16-18
A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah.

Isaiah 40:3-5Luke 3:3-6
Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner.

Malachi 3:1Matthew 11:10
Messiah would be rejected by his own people.

Psalm 69:8
Isaiah 53:3
John 1:11
John 7:5

Messiah would be a prophet.Deuteronomy 18:15Acts 3:20-22

Messiah would be preceded by Elijah.

Malachi 4:5-6Matthew 11:13-14

Messiah would be declared the Son of God.

Psalm 2:7Matthew 3:16-17
Messiah would be called a Nazarene.

Isaiah 11:1Matthew 2:23

Messiah would bring light to Galilee.Isaiah 9:1-2Matthew 4:13-16

Messiah would speak in parables.Psalm 78:2-4
Isaiah 6:9-10
Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35

Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted.

Isaiah 61:1-2Luke 4:18-19
Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek.

Psalm 110:4Hebrews 5:5-6
Messiah would be called King.Psalm 2:6
Zechariah 9:9
Matthew 27:37
Mark 11:7-11

Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a donkey.

Zechariah 11:12Matthew 21:4-5
Messiah would be praised by little children.

Psalm 8:2Matthew 21:16
Messiah would be betrayed.Psalm 41:9 Zechariah 11:12-13Luke 22:47-48 Matthew 26:14-16

Messiah’s price money would be used to buy a potter’s field.

Zechariah 11:12-13Matthew 27:9-10
Messiah would be falsely accused.Psalm 35:11Mark 14:57-58

Messiah would be silent before his accusers.

Isaiah 53:7Mark 15:4-5
Messiah would be spat upon and struck.

Isaiah 50:6Matthew 26:67
Messiah would be hated without cause.

Psalm 35:19
Psalm 69:4
John 15:24-25
Messiah would be crucified with criminals.

Isaiah 53:12Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27-28

Messiah would be given vinegar to drink.

Psalm 69:21Matthew 27:34
John 19:28-30

Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced.Psalm 22:16 Zechariah 12:10

John 20:25-27
Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed.

Psalm 22:7-8Luke 23:35
Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments.

Psalm 22:18Luke 23:34
Matthew 27:35-36

Messiah’s bones would not be broken.Exodus 12:46
Psalm 34:20

John 19:33-36
Messiah would be forsaken by God.Psalm 22:1Matthew 27:46

Messiah would pray for his enemies.Psalm 109:4Luke 23:34

Soldiers would pierce Messiah’s side.Zechariah 12:10John 19:34

Messiah would be buried with the rich.

Isaiah 53:9Matthew 27:57-60

Messiah would resurrect from the dead.Psalm 16:10
Psalm 49:15
Matthew 28:2-7
Acts 2:22-32

Messiah would ascend to heaven.Psalm 24:7-10Mark 16:19 Luke 24:51

Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand.Psalm 68:18
Psalm 110:1
Mark 16:19
Matthew 22:44

 Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin.Isaiah 53:5-12Romans 5:6-8

It is amazing to see how God took initiative to reveal to the prophets His plan to redeem the world from sin. By giving such knowledge to the prophets, God removed all possibility of doubt concerning Jesus as the Messiah. With such knowledge, we too are able to answer the sceptics and give concrete evidence that Jesus is truly the incarnate of God who came to earth to be our Savior. Part of our mission is to give evidence or proof that what we believe and preach is true. God did that very thing through the prophets. He gave proof enough to convince the greatest sceptic. God’s missional action began with the promise to send us a Savior. That promise was fulfilled in Jesus. The long period of time before the birth of Christ, God was preparing the way by giving to the prophets words to speak concerning Jesus. He was preparing His people and the world for the coming of the Messiah. Great preparation was involved in God’s mission. This is a lesson for us today. As God calls us into His mission, we must prepare. Continual discipleship is the key to mission preparation. All that the church does should be geared not only to fulfill its mission, but to also prepare others to join the mission.

                God’s missional action seen in the birth of Christ. Luke 2:11 says, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Everything surrounding the birth of Christ shows that God is a missional God. Jesus came to this earth not to see what it was like to be a man or to have a vacation from ruling in Heaven. Jesus came to this earth to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He came to save us from ourselves and from the penalty of sin. God took initiative. He went on a mission by sending us Jesus. He didn’t just talk about what He would do. He took action.  He fulfilled His promise to send the world a Savior. The idea of ‘going’ and being ‘sent’ is key when it comes to missions. God didn’t just talk about what He would do. He took action. He came. In fulfilling the mission God has for us, it requires action. We cannot be lazy. We cannot just sit in our comfort. We must do the uncomfortable thing like Jesus did. We must ‘go’ and we must ‘send’ others on mission.

                God’s missional action seen in the passion of Christ. The cross is the center point of all history. It is the culmination of God’s mission. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:1-2, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”  The focal point of Paul’s ministry was the cross of Jesus Christ. The cross is why Jesus came. The cross was God’s mission. All the gory details of the cross of Christ is God’s mission in action. The very Son of God hanging on that tree with nails in hands and feet. A crown of thorns pressed down on His brow. Beaten and bruised to the point of no longer being recognizable as human. A spear thrust in His side. Hanging there, naked, bloody, unrecognizable, spit upon, laughed at; God in the flesh, Jesus Christ cries out: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” In that moment the sins of the world was placed on His shoulders. Jesus experienced the full pain of being separated from God the Father. What does you sin look like to God? Look at the cross and you will see. Jesus then cried, “It is finished” and He gave up His life. Jesus declared that the mission was accomplished. He fulfilled what He came to do. He did what He did and went through the pain of the cross for you and me. He loves us. He does not want us to be lost in our sin. He did what had to be done in order that we may be saved. All who put their faith and trust in Christ alone has the penalty of sin removed and a relationship with God restored. That is His mission. That the world may come to the cross and be forgiven, redeemed, and restored. As believers in Christ, we are called to bring others to the cross. This is our mission. Just as God took action for us, we are to take action in fulfilling the mission He has sent us on. We cannot sit idly by while the world around us goes to hell. We must be obedient to the mission. We must bring others to the cross.                 I am eternally grateful that God took action to come to this earth and provided a way of salvation for me. He took action for us. Now, we must take action for Him. We must go and we must preach the Gospel and we must train and send others to do the same.

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