Jesus in Prophecy, His Messianic Purpose Foretold

Bible Summary. There are many prophecies in the Old Testament that foretell the purpose of the Messiah’s ministry. These prophecies are fulfilled in the New Testament by Jesus as well as confirm that Jesus is the Messiah. Messianic prophecies concerning Jesus’ purpose and ministry include Jesus’ proclamation of the acceptable year of the Lord, Jesus being the Intercessor, Jesus being the redeemer of the new covenant, Jesus being the chief cornerstone, and Jesus being a prophet like Moses. See below for scriptures concerning Jesus in prophecy in regard to his purpose and ministry.

Jesus and the Cornerstone

Jesus and the Cornerstone


The Messiah Proclaims the Acceptable Year of the Lord.

The Prophecy: Isaiah 61:1-2a, ”The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD …”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Luke 4:16-21 “… he (Jesus) found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears”

The Messiah Will Be Our Intercessor.

The Prophecy: Isaiah 59:16, ”And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Hebrews 9:15“And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance”

A Illustration About Prophecy: Prophecy In the Past Tense …

The Messiah the Redeemer of the New and Everlasting Covenant.

The Prophecy: Jeremiah 31:31-34, ”Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant … I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people … I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more …”, Isaiah 55:3-4;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Luke 22:20, “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”.

The Messiah is the Stone the Builders Rejected Who Will Become the Head Cornerstone”

The Prophecy: Psalm 118:22-23, ”The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”,;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Matthew 21:42, “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”.

The Messiah Will Be a Prophet like Moses

The Prophecy: Deuteronomy 18:15-19, ”The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me …”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Acts 3:22-26, “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up … God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”.