Jesus Christ in the Old Testament
“For this says the LORD GOD, the Holy One of Israel, ‘ In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. But you were unwilling,’ ” – Isaiah 30: 15
“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.” – Isaiah 35: 5-6
“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.” – Isaiah 30: 18
We are able to see that Isaiah included several references to Jesus Christ within the chapters of the book. We learn that Jesus Christ is mentioned as the servant that would redeem Israel and the world through following the purpose of GOD. We learn that he is the Shepherd that would lead Israel to salvation and cure their disease. We learn that he is the merciful servant that gives Israel and the world the opportunity to repent of its sins and receive salvation.
In the times of Isaiah, we see that Israel had been sent a prophet in order to help them change course. They were receiving mercy by GOD by having a prophet tell them that they could still seek salvation and forsake sin. We see GOD being merciful when other prophets were sent to Israel around the same time from Jeremiah to Ezekiel. Within Isaiah, we learn that Jesus Christ would be sent in order to atone for the sins of Israel and the world and in great detail.
We learn that Jesus did specifically what he was called to do not only in ministry, preaching, delivering, healing, saving, worshipping, and following the word of GOD, but in opening the eyes of the blind, making the mute hear, and making the lame to walk. We learn that Jesus Christ was able to fulfill the promises made by GOD in Isaiah. While the prophesies were being fulfilled, we also know that Jesus prophesied about future events as well which again correlate with the events prophesied by Isaiah. We learn that this is from the same Spirit of Truth that allows believers to understand that Isaiah was inspired by the Spirit of Truth and Jesus Christ also was inspired by the Spirit of Truth. Therefore we know that this is truth.
Isaiah’s words also tell about future events that contain similarities to what Jesus spoke about in the end times. We know that there is an apportioned time in the future where Jesus will return on the day of the LORD and will establish peace on a new earth after the old earth is gone. We also know that there will be a new heaven after the old heaven is rolled up like a scroll in order to make way for the new. After Jesus fulfilled the words of the prophesies of the prophets, we are able to see that the next fulfillment could be the end time prophesies leading to the new earth and new heaven.