365 Messianic Prophecies that were fulfilled in Jesus Christ

The following is a list of prophecies in the Jewish scriptures that Jesus fulfilled.
  1. Genesis 3:15…..Seed of a woman (virgin birth)…..Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18-20
    2. Genesis 3:15…..He will bruise Satan’s head…..Hebrews 2:14, 1 John 3:8
    3. Genesis 5:24….The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated….Mark 6:19
    4. Genesis 9:26-27…The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem…Luke 3:36
    5. Genesis 12:3…As Abraham’s seed, will bless all nations…Acts 3:25,26
    6. Genesis 12:7…The Promise made to Abraham’s Seed…Galatians 3:16
    7. Genesis 14:18…A priest after Melchizedek…Hebrews 6:20
    8. Genesis 14:18……..A King also……..Hebrews 7:2
    9. Genesis 14:18…The Last Supper foreshadowed…Matthew 26:26-29
    10.  Genesis 17:19…….The Seed of Isaac…….Romans. 9:7
    11.  Genesis 21:12 …Seed of Isaac…Romans 9:7, Hebrews 11:18
    12.  Genesis 22:8…The Lamb of God promised…John 1:29
    13.  Genesis 22:18…As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations…Galatians 3:16
    14.  Genesis26:2-5..The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer..Hebrews11:18
    15.  Genesis 49:10…The time of His coming…Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4
    16.  Genesis 49:10…….The Seed of Judah…….Luke 3:33
    17.  Genesis 49:10……Called Shiloh or One Sent……John 17:3
    18.  Genesis 49:10…To come before Judah lost identity…John 11:47-52
    19.  Genesis 49:10…To Him shall the obedience of the people be…John 10:16
    20.  Exodus 3:13,14……..The Great “I Am”…….John 4:26
    21.  Exodus 12:5…A Lamb without blemish…1 Pet. 1:19
    22.  Exodus 12:13…The blood of the Lamb saves Romans wrath…Romans. 5:8
    23.  Exodus 12:21-27…Christ is our Passover…1 Corinthians 5;7
    24.  Exodus 12:46…Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken…John 19:31-36
    25.  Exodus 13:2…Blessing to first born son…Luke 2:23
    26.  Exodus 15:2…His exaltation predicted as Yeshua…Acts 7:55,56
    27.  Exodus 15:11…His Character-Holiness…Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27
    28.  Exodus 17:6…The Spiritual Rock of Israel…1 Corinthians 10;4
    29.  Exodus 33:19…His Character-Merciful…Luke 1:72
    30.  Leviticus14:11…The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood..Luke5:12-14; Acts 6:7
    31.  Leviticus16:15-17…Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all death…Hebrews 9:7-14
    32.  Leviticus16:27…Suffering outside the Camp…Matthew 27:33; Hebrews 13:11, 12
    33.  Leviticus17:11…The Blood-the life of the flesh…Matthew 26;28; Mark 10:45
    34.  Leviticus17:11…It is the blood that makes atonement…1 John 3:14-18
    35.  Leviticus23:36-37…The Drink-offering: “If any man thirst.” ..John 19:31-36
    36.  Numbers 9:12…Not a bone of Him broken…John 19:31-36
    37.  Numbers 21:9…The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up…John 3:14-18
    38.  Numbers 24:8… Flight to Egypt…Matthew 2:14
    39.  Numbers 24:17…Time: “I shall see him, but not now.”…Galatians 4:4
    40.  Numbers 24:17-19…A star out of Jacob…Matthew 2:2, Luke 1:33,78, Revelation 22:16
    41.  Deuteronomy 18:15…”This is of a truth that prophet.”…John 6:14
    42.  Deuteronomy 18:15-16…”Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me.”…John 5:45-47
    43.  Deuteronomy 18:18…Sent by the Father to speak His word…John 8:28, 29
    44.  Deuteronomy 18:19…Whoever will not hear must bear his sin…John 12:15
    45.  Deuteronomy 21:13-23…As a prophet…John 6:14; 7:40, Acts 3:22,23
    46.  Deuteronomy 21:23…Cursed is he that hangs on a tree…Galatians 3:10-13
    47.  Ruth 4:4-9…Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us…Ephesians 1:3-7
    48.  1 Samuel 2:10…Shall be an anointed King to the Lord…Matthew 28:18; John 12:15
    49.  2 Samuel 7:12…David’s Seed…Matthew 1:1
    50.  2 Samuel 7:14a…The Son of God… Luke 1:32
    51.  2 Samuel 7:16…David’s house established forever…Luke 3:31; Rev. 22:16
    52.  2 Samuel 23:2-4…would be the “Rock”…1 Corinthians 10:4
    53.  2 Samuel 23:2-4…would be as the “light of the morning”…Revelation 22:16
    54.  2 Kings 2:11…The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated…Luke 24:51
    55.  1 Chronicles 17:11…David’s Seed…Matthew 1:1; 9:27
    56.  1 Chronicles 17:12, 13a…To reign on David’s throne forever…Luke 1:32, 33
    57.  1 Chronicles 17:13a…”I will be His Father, He…my Son.”…Hebrews 1:5
    58.  Job 19:23-27…The Resurrection predicted…John 5:24-29
    59.  Psalms 2:1-3…The enmity of kings foreordained…Acts 4:25-28
    60.  Psalms 2:2…To own the title, Anointed (Christ)…Acts 2:36
    61.  Psalms 2:6…His Character-Holiness…John 8:46; Rev. 3:7
    62.  Psalms 2:6…To own the title King…Matthew 2:2
    63.  Psalms 2:7…Declared the Beloved Son…Matthew 3:17
    64.  Psalms 2:7, 8…The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated…Acts 13:29-33
    65.  Psalms 2:12…Life comes through faith in Him…John 20:31
    66.  Psalms 8:2…The mouths of babes perfect His praise…Matthew 21:16
    67.  Psalms 8:5, 6…His humiliation and exaltation…Luke 24:50-53; 1 Corinthians 15:27
    68.  Psalms 16:10…Was not to see corruption…Acts 2:31
    69.  Psalms 16:9-11…Was to arise from the dead…John 20:9
    70.  Psalms 17;15…The resurrection predicted…Luke 24:6
    71.  Psalms 22:1…Forsaken because of sins of others…2 Corinthians 5:21
    72.  Psalms 22:1…Words spoken from Calvary, “My God…” Mark 15:34
    73.  Psalms 22:2…Darkness upon Calvary…Matthew 27:45
    74.  Psalms 22:7…They shoot out the lip and shake the head…Matthew 27:39
    75.  Psalms 22:8..” He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him “…Matthew 27:43
    76.  Psalms 22:9……Born the Savior……Luke 2:7
    77.  Psalms 22:14…Died of a broken (ruptured) heart…John 19:34
    78.  Psalms 22:14,15…Suffered agony on Calvary…Mark 15:34-37
    79.  Psalms 22:15……..He thirsted……..John 19:28
    80.  Psalms 22:16…They pierced His hands and His feet….John 19:34,37;20:27
    81.  Psalms 22:17,18…Stripped Him before the stares of men…Luke 23:34,35
    82.  Psalms 22:18…..They parted His garments…..John 19:23,24
    83.  Psalms 22:20,21…He committed Himself to God…Luke23:46
    84.  Psalms 22:20,21..Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heel.. Hebrews 2:14
    85.  Psalms 22:22…..His Resurrection declared…..John 20:17
    86.  Psalms 22:27…He shall be the governor of the nations…Col 1:16
    87.  Psalms 22:31……”It is finished”……John 19:30
    88.  Psalms 23:1….”I am the Good Shepherd”….John 10:11
    89.  Psalms 24:3……His exaltation predicted……Acts 1:11; Phil. 2:9
    90.  Psalms 27:12…Accused by false witnesses…Matthew 26:60,61, Mark 14:57,58
    91.  Psalms 30:3……His resurrection predicted……Acts 2:32
    92.  Psalms 31:5…”Into thy hands I commit my spirit”…Luke 23:46
    93.  Psalms 31:11…His acquaintances fled from Him…Mark 14:50
    94.  Psalms 31:13…They took counsel to put Him to death…John 11:53
    95.  Psalms 31:14,15…” He trusted in God, let Him deliver him”…Matthew 27:43
    96.  Psalms 34:20…..Not a bone of Him broken…..John 19:31-36
    97.  Psalms 35:11….False witnesses rose up against Him….Matthew 26:59
    98.  Psalms 35:19…He was hated without a cause…John 15:25
    99.  Psalms 38:11…..His friends stood afar off…..Luke 23:49
    100.  Psalms 40:2-5…The joy of His resurrection predicted…John 20:20
    101.  Psalms 40:6-8….His delight-the will of the Father….John 4:34
    102.  Psalms 40:9….He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel….Matthew 4:17
    103.  Psalms 40:14…Confronted by adversaries in the Garden…John
    104.  Psalms 41:9…..Betrayed by a familiar friend…..John 13:18
    105.  Psalms 45:2…Words of Grace come from His lips.. Luke 4:22
    106.  Psalms 45:6…To own the title, God or Elohim…Hebrews 1:8
    107.  Psalms 45:7…A special anointing by the Holy Spirit…Matthew3:16; Hebrews1:9
    108.  Psalms 45:7,8…Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed)…Luke 2:11
    109. Psalms 49-15…His Resurrection…Acts 2:27; 13:35, Mark 16:6
    110.  Psalms 55:12-14…Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy…John 13:18
    111. Psalms 55:15…Unrepentant death of the Betrayer…Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
    112. Psalms 68:18…To give gifts to men…Ephesians 4:7-16
    113. Psalms 68:18…Ascended into Heaven…Luke 24:51
    114. Psalms 69:4…Hated without a cause…John 15:25
    115. Psalms 69:8…A stranger to own brethren…Luke 8;20,21
    116. Psalms 69:9…Zealous for the Lord’s House…John 2:17
    117. Psalms 69:14-20…Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion…Matthew 26:36-45
    118. Psalms 69:20…”My soul is exceeding sorrowful.”…Matthew 26:38
    119. Psalms 69:21…Given vinegar in thirst…Matthew 27:34
    120. Psalms 69:26…The Savior given and smitten by God…John 17:4; 18:11
    121. Psalms 72:10,11…Great persons were to visit Him…Matthew 2:1-11
    122. Psalms 72:16…The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground…John 12:24
    123. Psalms 72:17…His name, Yinon, will produce offspring…John 1:12,13
    124. Psalms 72:17…All nations shall be blessed by Him…Acts 2:11,12,41
    125. Psalms 78:1.2…He would teach in parables…Matthew 13:34-35
    126. Psalms 78:2b…To speak the Wisdom of God with authority…Matthew 7:29
    127. Psalms 88:8…They stood afar off and watched…Luke 23:49
    128. Psalms 89:26…Messiah will call God His Father…Matthew 11:27
    129. Psalms 89:27…Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings…Luke 1:32,33
    130. Psalms 89:35-37…David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever…Luke 1:32,33
    131. Psalms 89:36-37…His character-Faithfulness…Rev. 1:5
    132. Psalms 90:2…He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2)…John 1:1
    133. Psalms 91:11,12…Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ…Luke 4;10,11
    134. Psalms 97:9…His exaltation predicted…Acts 1:11;Ephesians 1:20
    135. Psalms 100:5…His character-Goodness…Matthew 19:16,17
    136. Psalms 102:1-11…The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary…John 21:16-30
    137. Psalms 102:16…Son of Man comes in Glory…Luke 21:24
    Revelation 12:5-10
    138. Psalms 102:25-27…Messiah is the Pre-existent Son…Hebrews 1:10-12
    139. Psalms 109:4…Prays for His enemies…Luke 23:34
    140. Psalms 109:7,8…Another to succeed Judas…Acts 1:16-20
    141. Psalms 109:25…Ridiculed…Matthew 27:39
    142. Psalms 110:1…Son of David…Matthew 22:43
    143. Psalms 110:1…To ascend to the right-hand of the Father…Mark16:19
    144. Psalms 110:1…David’s son called Lord…Matthew 22:44,45
    145. Psalms 110:4…A priest after Melchizedek’s order…Hebrews 6:20
    146. Psalms 112:4…His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al… Matthew 9;36
    147. Psalms 118:17,18…Messiah’s Resurrection assured…Luke 24:5-7;1 Corinthians 15:20
    148. Psalms 118:22,23…The rejected stone is Head of the corner…Matthew 21:42,43
    149. Psalms 118:26a…The Blessed One presented to Israel…Matthew 21:9
    150. Psalms 118:26b…To come while Temple standing…Matthew 21;12-15
    151. Psalms 132:11…The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body)…Luke 1:32
    152. Psalms 138:1-6…The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings… Matthew 2:2-6
    153. Psalms 147:3,6…The earthly ministry of Christ described…Luke 4:18
    154. Psalms 1:23…He will send the Spirit of God… John 16;7
    155. Proverbs 8:22-23…The Messiah would be from everlasting…John 17:5
    156. Proverbs 30:4…Declared to be the Son of God…John 3:13, Romans 1:2-4, 10:6-9, 2 Peter 1:17
    157. Song of Solomon 5:16…The altogether lovely One…John 1:17
    158. Isaiah 2:2-4…Repentance for the nations…Luke 24:47
    159. Isaiah 4:2…Messiah reigning
    160. Isaiah 5:1-6…Son of God’s vineyard: a parable of judgment
    161. Isaiah 6:1…When Isaiah saw His glory… John 12:40-41
    162. Isaiah 6:9-10…Parables fall on deaf ears…Matthew 13:13-15
    163. Isaiah 6:9-12…Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words…Acts 28:23-29
    164. Isaiah 7:14…To be born of a virgin…Luke 1:35
    165. Isaiah 7:14…To be Emmanuel-God with us… Matthew 1:18-23
    166. Isaiah 8:8…Called Emmanuel…Matthew 28:20
    167. Isaiah 8:14…A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense… 1 Pet. 2:8
    168. Isaiah 9:1,2…His ministry to begin in Galilee…Matthew 4:12-17
    169. Isaiah 9:6…A child born-Humanity…Luke 1:31
    170. Isaiah 9:6…A Son given-Deity…Luke 1:32; John 1;14; 1 Tim. 3:16
    171. Isaiah 9:6…Declared to be the Son of God with power… Romans. 1:3,4
    172. Isaiah 9:6…The Wonderful One, Peleh…Luke 4:22
    173. Isaiah 9:6…The Counselor, Yaatz…Matthew 13:54
    174. Isaiah 9:6…The Mighty God, El Gibor…Matthew 11:20
    175. Isaiah 9:6…The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth…John 8:58
    176. Isaiah 9:6…The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom…John . 16:33
    177. Isaiah 9:7…To establish an everlasting kingdom…Luke 1:32-33
    178. Isaiah 9:7…His Character-Just…John 5:30
    179. Isaiah 9:7…No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace…Luke 1:32-33
    180. Isaiah 11:1…Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer…Matthew 2:23
    181. Isaiah 11:1…A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse…Luke 3:23,32
    182. Isaiah 11:2…The anointed One by the Spirit…Matthew 3;16,17
    183. Isaiah 11:2…His Character-Wisdom, Understanding, et al….John 4:4-26
    184. Isaiah 11:4…His Character-Truth…John 14:6
    185. Isaiah 11:10…The Gentiles seek Him…John 12:18-21
    186. Isaiah 12:2…Called Jesus-Yeshua (salvation)…Matthew 1:21
    187. Isaiah 16:4,5…Reigning in mercy…Luke 1:31-33
    188. Isaiah 22:21-25…Peg in a sure place…Revelation 3:7
    189. Isaiah 25:8…The Resurrection predicted…I Corinthians 15:54
    190. Isaiah 26:19…His power of Resurrection predicted…John 11:43,44
    191. Isaiah 28:16…The Messiah is the precious corner stone…Acts 4:11,12
    192. Isaiah 29:13…He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word…Matthew 15:7-9
    193. Isaiah 29:14…The wise are confounded by the Word…I Corinthians 1:18-31
    194. Isaiah 32:2…A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place…Matthew 23:37
    195. Isaiah 33:22…Son of the Highest…Luke 1:32; 1 Timothy 1:17 6:15
    196. Isaiah 35:4…He will come and save you…Matthew 1:21
    197. Isaiah 35:5…To have a ministry of miracles…Matthew 11:4-6
    198. Isaiah 40:3,4…Preceded by forerunner…John 1:23
    199. Isaiah 40:9…”Behold your God.”…John 1:36;19:14
    200. Isaiah 40:11…A shepherd-compassionate life-giver…John 10:10-18
    201. Isaiah 42:1-4…The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer… Matthew12:18-21
    202. Isaiah 42:2…Meek and lowly… Matthew 11:28-30
    203. Isaiah 42:3…He brings hope for the hopeless… John 4
    204. Isaiah 42:4…The nations shall wait on His teachings… John 12:20-26
    205. Isaiah 42:6…The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles…Luke 2:32
    206. Isaiah 42:1,6…His is a Worldwide compassion… Matthew 28:19,20
    207. Isaiah 42:7…Blind eyes opened… John 9:25-38
    208. Isaiah 42:13-25…Messiah’s actions at His second coming…Revelation
    209. Isaiah 43:11…He is the only Savior… Acts 4:12
    210. Isaiah 44:3…He will send the Spirit of God… John 16:7,13
    211. Isaiah 45:23…He will be the Judge… John 5:22;Romans. 14:11
    212. Isaiah 48:12…The First and the Last…John 1:30;Rev. 1:8,17
    213. Isaiah 48:17…He came as a Teacher…John 3:2
    214. Isaiah 49:1…Called from the womb-His humanity…Matthew 1:18
    215. Isaiah 49:5…A Servant from the womb…Luke 1:31;Phil. 2:7
    216. Isaiah 49:6…He is Salvation for Israel…Luke 2:29-32
    217. Isaiah 49:6…He is the Light of the Gentiles…Acts 13:47
    218. Isaiah 49:6…He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth… Acts 15:7-18
    219. Isaiah 49:7…He is despised of the Nation… John 8:48-49
    220. Isaiah 50:3…Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation… Luke 23:44,45
    221. Isaiah 50:4…He is a learned counsellor for the weary… Matthew 11:28,29
    222. Isaiah 50:5…The Servant bound willingly to obedience… Matthew 26:39
    223. Isaiah 50:6a…”I gave my back to the smiters.”… Matthew 27:26
    224. Isaiah 50:6b…He was smitten on the cheeks… Matthew 26:67
    225. Isaiah 50:6c…He was spat upon… Matthew 27:30
    226. Isaiah 52:4-5…Suffered vicariously…Mark 15:3,4,27,28; Luke 23:1-25,32-34
    227. Isaiah 52:7…To publish good tidings of peace… Luke 4:14,15
    228. Isaiah 52:13…The Servant exalted…Acts 1:8-11; Ephesians 1:19-22
    229. Isaiah 52:13…Behold, My Servant… Matthew 17:5; Phil. 2:5-8
    230. Isaiah 52:14…The Servant shockingly abused… Luke 18:31-34; Matthew 26:67,68
    231. Isaiah 52:15…Nations startled by message of the Servant… Romans. 15:18-21
    232. Isaiah 52:15…His blood shed to make atonement for all… Rev. 1:5
    233. Isaiah 53:1…His people would not believe Him… John 12:37-38
    234. Isaiah 53:2a…He would grow up in a poor family…. Luke 2:7
    235. Isaiah 53:2b…Appearance of an ordinary man… Phil. 2:7-8
    236. Isaiah 53:3a…Despised…. Luke 4:28-29
    237. Isaiah 53:3b…Rejected… Matthew 27:21-23
    238. Isaiah 53:3c…Great sorrow and grief… Luke 19:41-42
    239. Isaiah 53:3d…Men hide from being associated with Him… Mark 14:50-52
    240. Isaiah 53:4a…He would have a healing ministry… Luke 6:17-19
    241. Isaiah 53:4b…He would bear the sins of the world… 1 Pet. 2:24
    242. Isaiah 53:4c…Thought to be cursed by God… Matthew 27:41-43
    243. Isaiah 53:5a…Bears penalty for mankind’s transgressions… Luke 23:33
    244. Isaiah 53:5b…His sacrifice would provide peace between man and God… Col. 1:20
    245. Isaiah 53:5c…His back would be whipped… Matthew 27:26
    246. Isaiah 53:6a…He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind…Galatians 1:4
    247. Isaiah 53:6b…God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind… 1 John 4:10
    248. Isaiah 53:7a…Oppressed and afflicted… Matthew 27:27-31
    249. Isaiah 53:7b…Silent before his accusers… Matthew 27:12-14
    250. Isaiah 53:7c…Sacrificial lamb… John 1:29
    251. Isaiah 53:8a…Confined and persecuted… Matthew 26:47-27:31
    252. Isaiah 53:8b…He would be judged… John 18:13-22
    253. Isaiah 53:8c…Killed…. Matthew 27:35
    254. Isaiah 53:8d…Dies for the sins of the world… 1 John 2:2
    255. Isaiah 53:9a…Buried in a rich man’s grave… Matthew 27:57
    256. Isaiah 53:9b…Innocent and had done no violence… Mark 15:3
    257. Isaiah 53:9c…No deceit in his mouth… John 18:38
    258. Isaiah 53:10a…God’s will that He die for mankind… John 18:11
    259. Isaiah 53:10b…An offering for sin… Matthew 20:28
    260. Isaiah 53:10c…Resurrected and live forever…. Mark 16:16
    261. Isaiah 53:10d…He would prosper… John 17:1-5
    262. Isaiah 53:11a…God fully satisfied with His suffering… John 12:27
    263. Isaiah 53:11b…God’s servant… Romans. 5:18-19
    264. Isaiah 53:11c…He would justify man before God… Romans. 5:8-9
    265. Isaiah 53:11d…The sin-bearer for all mankind… Hebrews 9:28
    266. Isaiah 53:12a…Exalted by God because of his sacrifice… Matthew 28:18
    267. Isaiah 53:12b…He would give up his life to save mankind… Luke 23:46
    268. Isaiah 53:12c…Grouped with criminals… Luke 23:32
    269. Isaiah 53:12d…Sin-bearer for all mankind… 2 Corinthians 5:21
    270. Isaiah 53:12e…Intercede to God in behalf of mankind… Luke 23:34
    271. Isaiah 55:1…Every one come who is thirsty…New Testament
    272. Isaiah 55:3…Resurrected by God… Acts 13:34
    273. Isaiah 55:4…A witness… John 18:37
    274. Isaiah 55:5…Foreign nations come to God…Acts
    275. Isaiah 59:15-16a…He would come to provide salvation… John 6:40
    276. Isaiah 59:15-16b…Intercessor between man and God… Matthew 10:32
    277. Isaiah 59:20…He would come to Zion as their Redeemer… Luke 2:38
    278. Isaiah 60:1-3…Nations walk in the light…Luke 2:32
    279. Isaiah 61:1-2a…The Spirit of God upon him… Matthew 3:16-17
    280. Isaiah 61:1-2b…The Messiah would preach the good news… Luke 4:17-21
    281. Isaiah 61:1-2c…Provide freedom from the bondage of sin and death… John 8:31-32
    282. Isaiah 61:1-2…Proclaim a period of grace… John 5:24
    283. Isaiah 62:1-2…Called by an new name…Luke 2:32, Revelation 3:12
    284. Isaiah 62:11…Thy King Cometh, Entered Jerusalem on Colt…Matthew 21:7
    285. Isaiah 63:1-3…A vesture dipped in blood…Revelation 19:13
    286. Isaiah 63:8,9…Afflicted with the afflicted…Matthew 25:34-40
    287. Isaiah 65:9…The elect shall inherit…Romans 11 5-7, Hebrews 7:14, Revelation 5:5
    288. Isaiah 65:17-25…New heaven/New Earth…2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1
    289. Isaiah 66:18-19…All nations come to God…New Testament
    290. Jeremiah23:5-6a…Descendant of David…Luke 3:23-31
    291.  Jeremiah 23:5-6b…The Messiah would be God… John 13:13
    292.  Jeremiah 23:5-6c…The Messiah would be both God and Man… 1 Tim. 3:16
    293. Jeremiah 30:9…Born a King…John 18:37, Revelation 1:5
    294. Jeremiah 31:15…Massacre of infants…Matthew 2:16-18
    295.  Jeremiah 31:22…Born of a virgin… Matthew 1:18-20
    296.  Jeremiah 31:31…The Messiah would be the new covenant… Matthew 26:28
    297.  Jeremiah 33:14-15…Descendant of David… Luke 3:23-31
    298.  Ezekiel17:22-24…Descendant of David… Luke 3:23-31
    299. Ezekiel 21:26,27…The humble exalted…Luke 1:52
    300.  Ezekiel34:23-24…Descendant of David… Matthew 1:1
    301.  Daniel 2:34-35…Stone cut without hands…Acts 4:10-12
    302.  Daniel 2:44,45…His Kingdom Triumphant…Luke 1:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Revelation 11:15
    303.  Dan. 7:13-14a…He would ascend into heaven… Acts 1:9-11
    304.  Dan. 7:13-14b…Highly exalted… Ephesians 1:20-22
    305. Dan. 7:13-14c…His dominion would be everlasting… Luke 1:31-33
    306. Daniel 7:27…Kingdom for the Saints…Luke 1:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Revelation 11:15
    307. Dan. 9:24a…To make an end to sins… Galatians 1:3-5
    308. Dan. 9:24b…He would be holy… Luke 1:35
    309. Dan. 9:25…Announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem… John 12:12-13
    310. Dan. 9:26a…Killed… Matthew 27:35
    311. Dan. 9:26b…Die for the sins of the world… Hebrews 2:9
    312. Dan. 9:26c…Killed before the destruction of the temple… Matthew 27:50-51
    313. Dan. 10:5-6…Messiah in a glorified state… Rev. 1:13-16
    314. Hosea 3:5…Israel restored…John 18:37, Romans 11:25-27
    315. Hosea 11:1, Numbers 24:8…Flight to Egypt…Matthew 2:14
    316. Hosea 13:14…He would defeat death… 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
    317. Joel 2:28-32…Promise of the Spirit…Acts 2:17-21, Romans 10:13
    318. Joel 2:32…Offer salvation to all mankind… Romans. 10:12-13
    319. Micah 2:12-13…Israel Regathered…John 10:14,26
    320. Micah 4:1-8…The Kingdom established – place of Birth Bethlehem…Luke 1:33, Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4,10,11
    321. Micah 5:2a…Born in Bethlehem… Matthew 2:1-2
    322.  Micah 5:2b…God’s servant… John 15:10
    323.  Micah 5:2c…from everlasting… John 8:58
    324.  Haggai 2:6-9…He would visit the second Temple… Luke 2:27-32
    325.  Haggai 2:23…Descendant of Zerubbabel… Luke 3:23-27
    326. Joel 2:28-32…Promise of the Spirit…Acts 2:17-21, Romans 10:13
    327. Amos 8:9…The Sun Darkened…Matthew 24:29, Acts 2:20, Revelation 6:12
    328. Amos 9:11-12…Restoration of tabernacle…Acts 14:16-18
    329. Habakkuk 2:14…Earth filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord…Romans 11:26, Revelation 21:23-26
    330. Zechariah 2:10-13…The Lamb on the Throne…Revelation 5:13, 6:9, 21:24
    331. Zechariah 3:8…God’s servant… John 17:4
    332. Zechariah 6:12-13…Priest and King… Hebrews 8:1
    333. Zechariah 9:9a…Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem… Matthew 21:8-10
    334. Zechariah 9:9b…Beheld as King… John 12:12-13
    335.  Zechariah 9:9c…The Messiah would be just… John 5:30
    336.  Zechariah 9:9d…The Messiah would bring salvation… Luke 19:10
    337.  Zechariah 9:9e…The Messiah would be humble… Matthew 11:29
    338.  Zechariah 9:9f…Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey… Matthew 21:6-9
    339.  Zechariah 10:4…The cornerstone… Ephesians 2:20
    340.   Zechariah 11:4-6a…At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders… Matthew 23:1-4
    341.  Zechariah 11:4-6b…Rejection causes God to remove His protection.. Luke 19:41-44
    342.  Zechariah 11:4-6c…Rejected in favour of another king… John 19:13-15
    343.   Zechariah 11:7…Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant… Matthew 9:35-36
    344.  Zechariah 11:8a…Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them… Matthew 23:33
    345. Zechariah 11:8b…Despised… Matthew 27:20
    346.  Zechariah 11:9…Stops ministering to the those who rejected Him… Matthew 13:10-11
    347.  Zechariah 11:10-11a…Rejection causes God to remove protection… Luke 19:41-44
    348.  Zechariah 11:10-11b…The Messiah would be God… John 14:7
    349.  Zechariah 11:12-13a…Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver… Matthew 26:14-15
    350.  Zechariah 11:12-13b…Rejected… Matthew 26:14-15
    351.  Zechariah 11:12-13c…Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord… Matthew 27:3-5
    352.  Zechariah 11:12-13d…The Messiah would be God… John 12:45
    353.  Zechariah 12:10a…The Messiah’s body would be pierced… John 19:34-37
    354.  Zechariah 12:10b…The Messiah would be both God and man… John 10:30
    355.  Zechariah 12:10c…The Messiah would be rejected… John 1:11
    356.  Zechariah 13:7a…God’s will He die for mankind… John 18:11
    357.  Zechariah 13:7b…A violent death… Matthew 27:35
    358.  Zechariah 13:7c…Both God and man.. John 14:9
    359.  Zechariah 13:7d…Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him… Matthew 26:31-56
    360.  Malachi 3:1a…Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah… Matthew 11:10
    361.  Malachi 3:1b…Sudden appearance at the temple… Mark 11:15-16
    362.  Malachi 3:1c…Messenger of the new covenant… Luke 4:43
    363.  Malachi 3:3…Our Sins Are Purged…Luke 1:78, John 1:9; 12:46, 2 Peter 1:19, Revelation 2:28; 19:11-16; 22:16
    364. Malachi 4:5…Forerunner in the spirit of Elijah… Matthew 3:1-2
    365. Malachi 4:6…Forerunner would turn many to righteousness… Luke 1:16-17

    And for leap year, you can have Psalm 21 as a Messianic Hymn and David’s praise.

Ebenezer Lyrics by Neyi Zimu, Omega and Friends of Praise

African Gospel Lyrics

(Sung in Zulu)

Refrain:
Usigcinile kwaze kwaba la (Thus far, You have kept us)x3
Oh Nkosi Jesu, siyabonga! (Oh Lord Jesus, we thank You!)
(Repeat)

Usigcinile e kwaze kwaba lana (Thus far, You have kept me)
uJehova Usigcinile abantu bangafuni (Lord kept us even when others refused)
abantu bes’biza ngamagama (When people called us names)
kunzim’ ukhamba estrateni (When it was hard to walk on the street)
Sithi Oh Nkosi Jesu Siyabonga (We say Oh Lord Jesus we thank You)

E wasigcina lo Jesu singen’ esibetlela (This Jesus kept us when we were in Hospitals)
E wasigcina lo Jesu sifunana nomsebenzi (This Jesus kept us when job seaching)
E wasigcina lo Jesu ngeskhathi sexenophobia (This Jesus kept us during Xenophobia)
Oh Nkosi Jesu, siyabonga! (Oh Lord Jesus, we thank You!)

(Refrain)

Ebenezer! Ebenezer! Ebenezer!
Oh Nkosi Jesu Siyabonga (Oh Lord Jesus, we thank You!)
(Repeat)

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The Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4:9-10
“Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, ‘Because I bore him in pain.’ And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.’ So God granted him what he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). Who was Jabez? There is no mention of him anywhere else in the scriptures. From the context, it does appear that he was of the tribe of Judah, and some think that he was a son of Koz (cf. v. 8). There are other theories as to who and what he was, but our purpose here is simply to see what lessons we can learn fromthis passage of scripture.

First, consider the attitude of Jabez. He was honorable. Why he was more honorable than his brothers we are not told, but it may have to do with the nature of his prayer. There are two characteristics that are needed for one to be honorable in prayer. One of them is being earnest, which means intense, zealous, sincere, and determined. We are told that “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). The second of these characteristics is humility. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter5:6-7). The earnest, fervent prayer that is prayed in true humility ishonorable before God.

Another aspect of the attitude of Jabez is that he directed his prayer to God. Because we are to worship the Lord our God and serve Him alone, Jesus taught us to address our prayers, saying, “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 4:10, 6:9). To direct such a prayer to God demonstrates that one is trusting in and thus dependent on Him for everything that is needed. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

Second, consider the character of Jabez’s petition. He requested a personal blessing. To ask God’s blessing is to ask Him to bestow divine favor. There is nothing wrong with requesting God to bless us specifically. The Psalmist did. He prayed, “Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever” (Psalm 28:9). Jabez also asked God to enlarge his borders. This seems to relate to material prosperity. Thus, it is certainly scriptural for us to pray that God will bless us materially (note Matthew 6:11). However, the Bible offers no “quid pro quo” promise that if we do certain specified things for God then He will materially prosper us a certain specified amount, as some who hold the “Abundant Life–Health and Wealth” gospel teach. Rather, the Lord has simply said that if we serve Him faithfully, He will provide for us (Matthew 6:33).

Then Jabez beseeched that God’s hand would be with Him, no doubt to provide protection and guidance. Should we not pray with the Psalmist, “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:5)? Finally, Jabez expressed a petition that God would keep Him from evil. Jesus also indicated that His disciples should pray for God’s preservation and deliverance, as He taught them to say, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13). Of course, God’s protection, guidance, preservation, and deliverance are all provided for us through the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The reason why Jabez thus prayed was so that He might not cause pain. One commentator expressed it this way: “Let me not experience the grief which my name implies, and which my sins would well produce.” Another phrased it, “Grant that the grief implied in my name may not come upon me!” And likewise, it should be our prayer, “I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!” (Psalm 119:31). Finally, consider the response of God, who granted Him what he requested. The Lord has promised us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocksit will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). God has said that He will hear and respond to the prayers of His people. Oh, He may not always give us what we ask for, when we ask for it, in exactly the way that we asked. But He is the source of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Therefore, we can trust Him to answer our prayers by providing what He knows best that we need in harmony with His will, just as He did with the prayer of Jabez.

By Wayne S. Walker
From Expository Files 8.11; November 2001

 

It Is Well with My Soul

 

  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

         when sorrows like sea billows roll;

         whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

         It is well, it is well with my soul.

 

         Refrain:

         It is well with my soul,

         it is well, it is well with my soul.

 

  1. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

         let this blest assurance control,

         that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

         and hath shed his own blood for my soul.

         (Refrain)

 

  1. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!

         My sin, not in part but the whole,

         is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

         praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

         (Refrain)

 

  1. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

         the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

         the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

         even so, it is well with my soul.

         (Refrain)

 

YE THE BRANCHES

I Am The Vine, Ye Are the Branches–John 15:5
Christ had already said much of the branch; here He comes to the personal
application: “Ye are the branches of whom I have been speaking. As I am the
Vine, engaged to be and do all the branches need, so I now ask you, in the new
dispensation of the Holy Spirit whom I have been promising you, to accept the
place I give you, and to be My branches on earth.” The relationship He seeks to
establish is an intensely personal one: it all hinges on the two little words I and
You. And it is for us as intensely personal as for the first disciples. Let us present
ourselves before our Lord, until He speak to each of us in power, and our whole
soul feels it: “I am the Vine; you are the branch.”
Dear disciple of Jesus, however young or feeble, hear the voice. “You are the
branch.” You must be nothing less. Let no false humility, no carnal fear of
sacrifice, no unbelieving doubts as to what you feel able for, keep you back from
saying: “I will be a branch, with all that may mean–a branch, very feeble, but yet
as like the Vine as can be, for I am of the same nature, and receive of the same
spirit. A branch, utterly helpless, and yet just as manifestly set apart before God
and men, as wholly given up to the work of bearing fruit, as the Vine itself. A
branch, nothing in myself, and yet resting and rejoicing in the faith that knows
that He will provide for all. Yes, by His grace, I will be nothing less than a branch,
and all He means it to be, that through me, He may bring forth His fruit.”
You are the branch.–You need be nothing more. You need not for one single
moment of the day take upon you the responsibility of the Vine. You need not
leave the place of entire dependence and unbounded confidence. You need,
least of all, to be anxious as to how you are to understand the mystery, or fulfill
its conditions, or work out its blessed aim. The Vine will give all and work all. The
Father, the Husbandman, watches over your union with and growth in the Vine.
You need be nothing more than a branch. Only a branch! Let that be your
watchword; it will lead in the path of continual surrender to Christ’s working, of
true obedience to His every command, of joyful expectancy of all His grace.
Is there anyone who now asks: “How can I learn to say this aright, `Only be a
branch!’ and to live it out?” Dear soul, the character of a branch, its strength, and
the fruit it bears, depend entirely upon the Vine. And your life as branch depends
entirely upon your apprehension of what our Lord Jesus is. Therefore never
separate the two words: “I the Vine–you the branch.” Your life and strength and
fruit depend upon what your Lord Jesus is! Therefore worship and trust Him; let
Him be your one desire and the one occupation of your heart. And when you feel
that you do not and cannot know Him aright, then just remember it is part of His
responsibility as Vine to make Himself known to you. He does this not in thoughts
and conceptions–no–but in a hidden growth within the life that is humbly and
restfully and entirely given up to wait on Him. The Vine reveals itself within the
branch; thence comes the growth and fruit, Christ dwells and works within His
branch; only be a branch, waiting on Him to do all; He will be to thee the true
Vine. The Father Himself, the divine Husbandman, is able to make thee a branch
worthy of the heavenly Vine. Thou shalt not be disappointed.
Ye are the branches. This word, too Lord! O speak it in power unto my soul. Let
not the branch of the earthly vine put me to shame, but as it only lives to bear the
fruit of the vine, may my life on earth have no wish or aim, but to let Thee bring
forth fruit through me.

THE VINE

I am The Vine, Ye Are The Branches –John 15:5
In the previous verse Christ had just said: “Abide in me.” He had then announced
the great unalterable law of all branch-life, on earth or in Heaven: “not of itself”;
“except it abide.” In the opening words of the parable He had already spoken: “I
am the vine.” He now repeats the words. He would have us understand–note
well the lesson, simple as it appears, it is the key of the abiding life–that the only
way to obey the command, “Abide in me,” is to have eye and heart fixed upon
Himself. “Abide in me…I am the true vine.” Yea, study this holy mystery until you
see Christ as the true Vine, bearing, strengthening, supplying, inspiring all His
branches, being and doing in each branch all it needs, and the abiding will come
of itself. Yes, gaze upon Him as the true Vine, until you feel what a heavenly
Mystery it is, and are compelled to ask the Father to reveal it to you by His Holy
Spirit. He to whom God reveals the glory of the true Vine, he who sees what
Jesus is and waits to do every moment, he cannot but abide. The vision of Christ
is an irresistible attraction; it draws and holds us like a magnet. Listen ever to the
living Christ still speaking to you, and waiting to show you the meaning and
power of His Word: “I am the vine.”
How much weary labor there has been in striving to understand what abiding is,
how much fruitless effort in trying to attain it! Why was this? Because the
attention was turned to the abiding as a work we have to do, instead of the living
Christ, in whom we were to be kept abiding, who Himself was to hold and keep
us. we thought of abiding as a continual strain and effort–we forget that it means
rest from effort to one who has found the place of his abode. Do notice how
Christ said, “Abide in Me; I am the Vine that brings forth, and holds, and
strengthens, and makes fruitful the branches. Abide in Me, rest in Me, and let Me
do My work. I am the true Vine, all I am, and speak, and do is divine truth, giving
the actual reality of what is said. I am the Vine, only consent and yield thy all to
Me, I will do all in thee.”
And so it sometimes comes that souls who have never been specially occupied
with the thought of abiding, are abiding all the time, because they are occupied
with Christ. Not that the word abide is not needful; Christ used it so often,
because it is the very key to the Christian life. But He would have us understand
it in its true sense–“Come out of every other place, and every other trust and
occupation, come out of self with its reasonings and efforts, come and rest in
what I shall do. Live out of thyself; abide in Me. Know that thou art in Me; thou
needest no more; remain there in Me.”
“I am the Vine.” Christ did not keep this mystery hidden from His disciples. He
revealed it, first in words here, then in power when the Holy Spirit came down.
He will reveal it to us too, first in the thoughts and confessions and desires these
words awaken, then in power by the Spirit. Do let us wait on Him to show us all
the heavenly meaning of the mystery. Let each day, in our quiet time, in the inner
chamber with Him and His Word, our chief thought and aim be to get the heart
fixed on Him, in the assurance: all that a vine ever can do for its branches, my
Lord Jesus will do, is doing, for me. Give Him time, give Him your ear, that He
may whisper and explain the divine secret: “I am the vine.”
Above all, remember, Christ is the Vine of God’s planting, and you are a branch
of God’s grafting. Ever stand before God, in Christ; ever wait for all grace from
God, in Christ; ever yield yourself to bear the more fruit the Husbandman asks, in
Christ. And pray much for the revelation of the mystery that all the love and
power of God that rested on Christ is working in you too. “I am God’s Vine,”
Jesus says; “all I am I have from Him; all I am is for you; God will work it in you.”
I am the Vine. Blessed Lord, speak Thou that word into my soul. Then shall I
know that all Thy fullness is for me. And that I can count upon Thee to stream it
into me, and that my abiding is so easy and so sure when I forget and lose
myself in the adoring faith that the Vine holds the branch and supplies its every
need.

EXCEPT YE ABIDE

As the Branch Cannot Bear Fruit of Itself, Except It Abide In the Vine; No More
Can Ye, Except Ye Abide in Me–John 15:4
We know the meaning of the word except. It expresses some indispensable
condition, some inevitable law. “The branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it
abide in the vine. No more can ye, except ye abide in me.” There is but one way
for the branch to bear fruit, there is no other possibility, it must abide in unbroken
communion with the vine. Not of itself, but only of the vine, does the fruit come.
Christ had already said: “Abide in me”; in nature the branch teaches us the
lesson so clearly; it is such a wonderful privilege to be called and allowed to
abide in the heavenly Vine; one might have thought it needless to add these
words of warning. But no–Christ knows so well what a renunciation of self is
implied in this: “Abide in me”; how strong and universal the tendency would be to
seek to bear fruit by our own efforts; how difficult it would be to get us to believe
that actual, continuous abiding in Him is an absolute necessity! He insists upon
the truth: Not of itself can the branch bear fruit; except it abide, it cannot bear
fruit. “No more can ye, except ye abide in me.”
But must this be taken literally? Must I, as exclusively, and manifestly, and
unceasingly, and absolutely, as the branch abides in the vine, be equally given
up to find my whole life in Christ alone? I must indeed. The except ye abide is as
universal as the except it abide. The no more can ye admits of no exception or
modification. If I am to be a true branch, if I am to bear fruit, if I am to be what
Christ as Vine wants me to be, my whole existence must be as exclusively
devoted to abiding in Him, as that of the natural branch is to abiding in its vine.
Let me learn the lesson. Abiding is to be an act of the will and the whole heart.
Just as there are degrees in seeking and serving God, “not with a perfect heart,”
or “with the whole heart,” so there may be degrees in abiding. In regeneration the
divine life enters us, but does not all at once master and fill our whole being. This
comes as matter of command and obedience. There is unspeakable danger of
our not giving ourselves with our whole heart to abide. There is unspeakable
danger of our giving ourselves to work for God, and to bear fruit, with but little of
the true abiding, the wholehearted losing of ourselves in Christ and His life.
There is unspeakable danger of much work with but little fruit, for lack of this one
thing needful. We must allow the words, “not of itself,” “except it abide,” to do
their work of searching and exposing, of pruning and cleansing, all that there is of
self-will and self-confidence in our life; this will deliver us from this great evil, and
so prepare us for His teaching, giving the full meaning of the word in us: “Abide in
me, and I in you.”
Our blessed Lord desires to call us away from ourselves and our own strength, to
Himself and His strength. Let us accept the warning, and turn with great fear and
self-distrust to Him to do His work. “Our life is hid with Christ in God!” That life is
a heavenly mystery, hid from the wise even among Christians, and revealed unto
babes. The childlike spirit learns that life is given from Heaven every day and
every moment to the soul that accepts the teaching: “not of itself,” “except it
abide,” and seeks its all in the Vine. Abiding in the Vine then comes to be nothing
more nor less than the restful surrender of the soul to let Christ have all and work
all, as completely as in nature the branch knows and seeks nothing but the vine.
Abide in Me. I have heard, my Lord, that with every command, Thou also givest
the power to obey. With Thy “rise and walk,” the lame man leaped, I accept Thy
word, “Abide in me,” as a word of power, that gives power, and even now I say,
Yea, Lord, I will, I do abide in Thee

ABIDE

Abide in Me, and I in You–John 15:4
When a new graft is placed in a vine and it abides there, there is a twofold
process that takes place. The first is in the wood. The graft shoots its little roots
and fibers down into the stem, and the stem grows up into the graft, and what
has been called the structural union is effected. The graft abides and becomes
one with the vine, and even though the vine were to die, would still be one wood
with it. Then there is the second process, in which the sap of the vine enters the
new structure, and uses it as a passage through which sap can flow up to show
itself in young shoots and leaves and fruit. Here is the vital union. Into the graft
which abides in the stock, the stock enters with sap to abide in it.
When our Lord says: “Abide in me, and I in you,” He points to something
analogous to this. “Abide in me”: that refers more to that which we have to do.
We have to trust and obey, to detach ourselves from all else, to reach out after
Him and cling to Him, to sink ourselves into Him. As we do this, through the
grace He gives, a character is formed, and a heart prepared for the fuller
experience: “I in you,” God strengthens us with might by the Spirit in the inner
man, and Christ dwells in the heart by faith.
Many believers pray and long very earnestly for the filling of the Spirit and the
indwelling of Christ, and wonder that they do not make more progress. The
reason is often this, the “I in you” cannot come because the “abide in me” is not
maintained. “There is one body and one spirit”; before the Spirit can fill, there
must be a body prepared. The graft must have grown into the stem, and be
abiding in it before the sap can flow through to bring forth fruit. It is as in lowly
obedience we follow Christ, even in external things, denying ourselves, forsaking
the world, and even in the body seeking to be conformable to Him, as we thus
seek to abide in Him, that we shall be able to receive and enjoy the “I in you.”
The work enjoined on us: “Abide in me,” will prepare us for the work undertaken
by Him: “I in you.”
In–The two parts of the injunction have their unity in that central deep-meaning
word “in.” There is no deeper word in Scripture. God is in all. God dwells in
Christ. Christ lives in God. We are in Christ. Christ is in us: our life taken up into
His; His life received into ours; in a divine reality that words cannot express, we
are in Him and He in us. And the words, “Abide in me and I in you,” just tell us to
believe it, this divine mystery, and to count upon our God the Husbandman, and
Christ the Vine, to make it divinely true. No thinking or teaching or praying can
grasp it; it is a divine mystery of love. As little as we can effect the union can we
understand it. Let us just look upon this infinite, divine, omnipotent Vine loving us,
holding us, working in us. Let us in the faith of His working abide and rest in Him,
ever turning heart and hope to Him alone. And let us count upon Him to fulfill in
us the mystery: “Ye in me, and I in you.”
Blessed Lord, Thou dost bid me abide in Thee. How can I, Lord, except Thou
show Thyself to me, waiting to receive and welcome and keep me? I pray Thee
show me how Thou as Vine undertaketh to do all. To be occupied with Thee is to
abide in Thee. Here I am, Lord, a branch, cleansed and abiding–resting in Thee,
and awaiting the inflow of Thy life and grace.