Every main aspect of Christ’s life had an important role in the work of salvation and several were foretold in prophecy.
His virgin birth was foretold by the prophet Isaiah as a sign of God’s power “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14). God will be satisfied with nothing less than a church properly described as a virgin, that is, pure from sin.
His incarnation united the divided families of earth and heaven. Through a dream Jacob saw the stairway to heaven the represented Christ “He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Gen. 28;12). Jesus brought Deity down to earth in order that He might carry humanity with Him back to heaven.
His sinless life as a human gives us an example of submission to God (John 15:10; 1 John 2:6) and sanctification (John 17:19). And as God, He grants us the same power He had that we may be able to obey God’s commands (Rom. 8:3, 4).
His vicarious death made it possible for us to have life and for Him to justify “many” (Isa. 53:5, 11; Rom. 5:9; Titus 2:14). By faith in His death we are freed from the penalty of sin, and by faith in His life, from its grip (Rom. 5:1, 10; Phil. 4:7).
His wonderful resurrection assures us that one day we too shall “put on” immortality “Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep…” (1 Cor. 15:12–22, 51–55). As the first fruits were the assurance of the collecting of the harvest, so the resurrection of Christ is the assurance that all who put their faith in Him will also be raised from the dead.
Finally His ascension affirms His promise to come back and take us with Him to meet the Father, and thus finish the work of salvation “I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also…” (John 14:1–3 also Acts 1:9–11)
These aspects of Christ’s mission on earth were all predicted in the Old Testament prophecies for the restoration of the believers. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6, 7; also Is. 53; 61:1–3; Ps. 68:18).
For more on the Messianic prophecies, check out: What are some of the Messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled?
In His service,
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