Excerpt from “Why the Bible: Study Guide,” session 2 from God Connects by Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Can we find any demonstrations of the Bible’s divine origin?
If the Bible was written by people without God’s help, it could only record events they experienced in their lifetimes. It could never accurately predict or prophecy events that would occur hundreds of years after their deaths. But the Bible has hundreds of prophecies fulfilled long after the death of the writers. For instance, in Isaiah’s writings we find a vivid description of Jesus’ sufferings, death and resurrection. It was written about 700 years before those events took place.
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, and there was no deceit in His mouth.
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. Out of the anguish of His soul He shall see and be satisfied; by His knowledge shall the Righteous One, My Servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:3-11).
The verse you just read is only one example of hundreds of Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The following are other prophecies uttered hundreds of years before Jesus walked the earth… (download study guide at Lutheran Hour’s web site below the video)