"Who is this Man?"
When the police or the FBI wants to verify someone's identity, they gather information about the individual from as many sources as possible. They also try to retrieve data from as far back in time as possible to make sure that the facts haven't been corrupted by those trying to falsify someone's identity today. The further back they can go in their search, the more likely a true picture of the person will emerge.
Instead of going back months or years to verify someone's identity, what if we could go back hundreds, or even thousands of years? Would our confidence be increased to the point of absolute assurance? Let's take a look.
Jacob told Judah that his descendants would be rulers and that one of his descendants would be the Messiah. "The scepter or leadership shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until Shiloh [the Messiah, the Peaceful One] comes to Whom it belongs, and to Him shall be the obedience of the people." (Genesis 49:10 - Amplified Bible, Written ~1400 BC)
King David prophesied the betrayal by Judas and details of the Crucifixion. "Even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted (relied on and was confident), who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me." (Psalm 41:9 - Amplified Bible, Written ~1000 BC) “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” (Psalm 22:16-18 - NIV, Written ~1000 BC)
Micah prophesied the place of His birth. "But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you are little to be among the clans of Judah; [yet] out of you shall One come forth for Me Who is to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, from ancient days (eternity)." (Micah 5:2 - Amplified Bible, Written ~700 BC)
Isaiah prophesied salvation for the Gentiles and the virgin birth. "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 49:6 - NIV, Written ~700 BC) "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us]." (Isaiah 7:14 - Amplified Bible, Written ~700 BC)
The forerunner, John the Baptist, is prophesied. "A voice of one who cries: Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord [clear away the obstacles]; make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God!" (Isaiah 40:3 - Amplified Bible, Written ~700 BC)
Small and personal details of the trial and crucifixion prophesied. “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering… Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows… But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. …the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:3-7 - NIV, Written ~700 BC) “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9 - NIV, Written ~500 BC)
These prophecies give specific details relative to the identity of this person known as "Messiah." They were written over a period of hundreds of years by different people in different countries. Many more were recorded in scripture; but, hopefully these will allow you to positively identify this man, Messiah.
Who is this man? His name in Hebrew is "Yehoshua" and in Aramaic it's "Yeshua." We know Him by His Greek name, Jesus.
“…these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31)
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
- Philippians 2:5