During the season of Lent, we will be anticipating the death and resurrection of Jesus by studying an assortment of Old Testament Messianic prophecies. This series, called Prophets of the Cross, will run through Easter Sunday, and include a Good Friday service.
The Old Testament contains dozens of prophecies of the Messiah, and some of these foretell the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as Lent is the season of anticipation of the crucifixion and resurrection, so the ancient Hebrew prophets anticipated the great, saving work of God. These passages all look forward to the most profound event in human history, shedding a unique light on the character of God and his purposes for humanity. As we walk through these prophecies together, we will participate in the anticipation of God’s salvation, culminating in a celebration of his victory over sin and death.
If you would like to read along with us as we study these prophecies, please refer to the schedule below.
March 5th – Genesis 3
March 12th – Genesis 15
March 19th – Psalm 110
March 26th – Jonah 2
April 2nd – Psalm 22
April 9th – Zechariah 9
April 14th (Good Friday) – Isaiah 53
April 16th (Easter) – Isaiah 25
The Prophets of the Cross are men who spoke about something they did not live long enough to see or experience. In this way, their whole lives were an experience of anticipating God’s salvation. In his first letter, the apostle Peter wrote, “Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.” In a similar vein, the author of Hebrews wrote about these prophets (and other Hebrew men and women of faith), “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” Because we live after the promises of God’s salvation have been fulfilled, we can be filled with gratitude at the kindness and love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. At the same time, like the Prophets of the Cross, we live by faith as we wait for the final appearing of the glory of God.