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The OT points ahead to the person and ministry of Jesus Christ. Christ’s fulfilment of OT prophecy is often noted by NT writers as a demonstration of God’s faithfulness to his promises of salvation and as confirmation of the divine authority of Jesus Christ.

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Jesus Christ fulfils OT prophecy

He fulfils the OT as a whole

Luke 24:27 NIV
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
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He fulfils God’s promises to Abraham

Galatians 3:14 NIV
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
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He fulfils God’s promises through the prophets

Acts 10:43 NIV
All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
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Prophecies about Jesus Christ’s birth

Matthew 1:23 NIV
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
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Prophecies about Jesus Christ’s ministry

He brings good news

Luke 4:17–19 NIV
and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
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He divides people and is rejected

Luke 2:34–35 NIV
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
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He teaches in parables

Matthew 13:35 NIV
So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
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Prophecies about Jesus Christ’s death

The Lord’s Supper

Matthew 26:28 NIV
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
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The betrayal

Matthew 27:9–10 NIV
Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

Matthew brings together two prophetic passages fulfilled by this incident:


The cross

Matthew 27:46 NIV
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
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Prophecies about Jesus Christ’s resurrection and ascension

Matthew 12:39–40 NIV
He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
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Prophecies about Jesus Christ’s titles

Jesus Christ as Son of God

Acts 13:32–33 NIV
“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: “ ‘You are my son; today I have become your father.’
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Jesus Christ as Son of Man

Matthew 26:64 NIV
“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
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Jesus Christ as Son of David

Revelation 22:16 NIV
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
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Jesus Christ as the coming Messianic king

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Jesus Christ as the suffering servant

Acts 8:32–35 NIV
This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
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Jesus Christ as the prophet who is to come

Acts 3:22 NIV
For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.
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Jesus Christ as priest

Hebrews 7:21 NIV
but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’ ”
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