The Messiah of the Gospels

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CHAPTER VIII
THE MESSIAH OF THE GOSPELS.

JESUS is the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy. This is the teaching of Jesus himself. This is the testimony of the evangelists.

Jesus himself explained to his disciples, after his resurrection, that his sufferings, death, and resurrection were in fulfilment of the predictions of the Old Testament.

O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Behoved it not the Messiah to suffer these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. . . . .

And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, how that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures; and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Messiah should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jurusalem. ( Luke xxiv. 25-27, 44-47.)

These precious words of Jesus, interpreting Old Testament prophecy to his disciples, and showing how far it was fulfilled in him, have not been given to us.

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