SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Monday July 1, 1996

Christ in the Writings of the Old Testament Prophets
(Isa. 7:14; 9:6,7)

What references from the prophets do you think Jesus could have used during the walk to Emmaus?

Sometimes reffered to as "the gospel prophet," Isaiah provided many inspired forecasts of the Messsiah's ministry and sacrificed death . Isaiah foresaw the miraculous birth of "Immanuel, God with us." Messiah would be the Deity (Isa. 9:6; compare John 14:8-11) and that He would occupy David's throne for eternity (Isa. 9:7; compare Luke 1:32,33). Filled with the Spirit the Messiah would perform a loving ministry of releasing sin-bound people from Satan's dominion (Isa. 42:1-7; compare Matt. 12:18-21). Isaiah forecast the Messiah's sacrifice for all human sin (Isa. 50:5,6; 52:13-53:12; compare the Gospels' accounts of Jesus' trial and death).

Study the following passages that also speak of the Messiah's ministry and death. Find applications of these passages in the New Testament:

Jesus directed attention to the Old Testament as a witness to Himself. He said, "These are the Scriptures that testify about me" (John 5:39, NIV). Peter reiterated the same point (1 Peter 1:11).