"But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets ...He has thus fulfilled" (Acts 3:18).
A o claim that you are God is one thing—but to convince people that you are indeed what you say you are is quite another. So how did Jesus" closest followers come to be so convinced that they would lay down their lives for that belief?
Many Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled in precise detail by Jesus of Nazareth. Neither the Jews nor the disciples of Jesus understood at the time that Jesus was fulfilling the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament—even though at times He told them this was the case (Luke 18:31; Matthew 26:56). They were looking for a far different Messiah than the One so many prophecies actually described.
One of Jesus" defenses to the Jews was to appeal to the Old Testament Scriptures themselves, which identified Him as the One to come. "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me; ' He told them (John 5:39).
After Jesus was resurrected, He began to help His disciples understand the Scriptures, and the disciples were inspired to declare that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. The proof they offered was the very Scriptures they had not previously understood.
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