PROPHETS in the Hebrew Bible

GOSPELS in the New Testament

E Age of the New Testament
- the birth of Messiah, King of the Jews; Christ's death on the cross, resurrection and ascension.

Following the silent period that spanned 400 years, God's redemption plan continues its work as we enter into the era of the long-awaited Messiah.
We shall be referring to the Prophetic books of the Hebrew Bible, and the Gospels in the New Testament.

Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection:
The promise of a Saviour

Genesis 3:15; an offspring of a woman will smash the head of Satan
a prophecy of the coming of Jesus Christ
Genesis 4:4-7; the requirement of animal sacrifice for sin offering
A foreshadow of God's Lamb
Numbers 21:6-9: Copper snake (God's answer to the Israelites' repentance)
A symbolism of Jesus on the cross John 3:14-15
Genesis 14:18-20, Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 7;
The King of Salem, Melchizedek, 'King of righteousness and peace'. Melchizedek brought bread and wine to Abraham and blessed him. Abraham offered a 10th of everything he owned to Melchizedek.

'Commonality between Jesus and Melchizedek'
1) They were both Kings, as well as High Priests.
2) They were both eternal priests (with no beginning, nor end)

Genesis 22:13-14: a ram with his horns caught in thicket
God's lamb Jesus was made to wear a crown of thorns John 19:2
The mountain of provision, Mount Moriah…
Mountain of Jerusalem, Zion 2 Chronicles 3:1
Genesis 37-50: The life of Joseph, his character
A reflection of Jesus as a good shepherd and his deeds.
Exodus 12:5-7,21:
The Passover lamb (spotless, atonement with bloodshed, killed at 3pm)

A symbol of Christ's atoning death on the cross
1Cor 5:7, Hebrews 7:27
Exodus 12:26-27,13:14-16:
The observance of the 'Passover feast'
The observance of the Hold Communion, 1Cor 11:23-30,
Luke 22:7-20

The meaning of Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension to heaven
Having had great pleasure in his relationship with his only Son, Jesus, God the father desired to have a bigger family, bringing many Sons to glory in his creation of mankind. However, through the downfall of man, the rightful relationship between mankind and God was lost, and man began to live under sin.
However, God did not abandon man to sin. Instead, the God of love sent his only son Jesus Christ as an unconditional sacrifice and Saviour to a world of sin to restore the fallen and separated mankind to its original state and being (John 3:16). In order to set us free from the slavery of sin, Jesus became an atoning sacrifice for us, dying a cruel death on a cross (Mark 10:45, Romans 3:25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peters 2:24).
Through the blood of Jesus, our sins were forgiven, and by believing in Jesus, our rightful relationship with the God the father has been restored and we have been given eternal life (Hebrews 9:11-15). By raising Jesus from the dead, God affirmed his Son's innocence (purity), and gave him the supreme authority over all heaven and earth (Philippians 2:5-11).
After his resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven, to his Father's side, and is now preparing a place for those who believe in Him as Christ in heaven, as well as daily interceding for those who believe (John 14:1-12).
In due time, when the Gospel has been preached throughout the world, Jesus will return to reign over the world with the Saints, and to judge the world; this is the 'second coming of Jesus'. Jude's letter Chapters 14 and 15 record prophecies concerning the second coming (judgment of the world)told by Enoch (seventh generation down from Adam) - see Genesis 5:21-24, Hebrews 11:5-6.

The purpose of Jesus' atoning death: Romans 6:1-14, 8:10, 1Peter 2:24. Colossians 2:9-15, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Isaiah 53:5

Jesus took our sins upon himself and died on the cross in order that we, sinners may be 1) dead to sin, and 2) live in righteousness.
By the wounds of Jesus' sacrificial death, we are healed, the old has gone, and the new has come.

What Jesus accomplished on the cross: Victory over Satan (the source of evil)
1) the first prophecy concerning Jesus' victory over Satan : Genesis 3:15
2) Satan was unable to defeat Jesus; Matthew 2:1-18, 4:1-11,16:23, John 6:15, Luke 10:17-19, 11:21-22
3) Jesus released us from the power of sin: Colossians 2:13-15, Romans 5-6
4) Jesus released us from the Law: Romans 7
5) Jesus released us from death: Romans 8, 2Timothy1:10

Although we are not yet able to observe the victory of Jesus' death on the cross in its fullness in this world of evil, Jesus' deed has provided those who believe in him with everything that is needed to conquer this world! 1 Corinthians 13:12-13, 1:18, Hebrews 2:14-15

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