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ANATOMY OF THE MESSIAH

Our Messiah must go through many physical suf-
ferings before He can be the atonement for our
souls.   What factual questions need to be asked
about our Messiah?   To explore these questions
and find the truth is no shame, for God Himself has
put forth His truth so we would not be misled in any
way.   That is why we have the Bible, the truest book
ever written.

Y What must the Messiah do in order for us to know
that He is the Messiah?

He must suffer for our sins as the prophet Isaiah
foretold in the Bible.

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of
our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we
are healed."
  The Book of Isaiah 53:5
Y Does the Bible tell us where on His body He will
be wounded?

His hands and feet will be pierced:
"And one shall say unto him, What are these
wounds in thine hands?   Then he shall answer,
Those with which I was wounded in the house of
my friends."
  The Book of Zechariah 13:6
"For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of
the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my
hands and my feet."
  The Book of Psalms 22:16
His back and face will be smitten:
"I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to
them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face
from shame and spitting."
  The Book of Isaiah 50:6
"Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops:
he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the
judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek."

The Book of Micah 5:1
Not one bone in His body shall be broken:
"He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is
broken."
  The Book of Psalms 34:20
Y In Bible prophecy the Messiah is beaten so badly,
that His appearance is disfigured more than any man!

"As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so
marred more than any man, and his form more
than the sons of men:"
The Book of Isaiah 52:14.
Y What else must the Messiah endure to fulfill Bible
prophecy?

The Bible teaches that God will give Him to be the
flawless and perfect sacrifice for our sins:

"He was taken from prison and from judgment:
and who shall declare his generation? for he was
cut off out of the land of the living: for the
transgression of my people was he stricken.
  And
he made his grave with the wicked, and with the
rich in his death; because he had done no vio-
lence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.   Yet it
pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to
grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for
sin,
he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his
hand."
  The Book of Isaiah 53:8-10
"Therefore will I divide him a portion with the
great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he hath poured out his soul unto death:
and he was numbered with the transgressors; and
he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for
the transgressors."
  The Book of Isaiah 53:12
He will be resurrected after 3 days:
"After two days will he revive us: in the third day he
will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight."

The Book of Hosea 6:2
Y Has there ever in history been a man that has
fulfilled all these requirements?

Yes, there was such a man - he fulfilled each and
every messianic prophecy.

His hands and feet were pierced:
"And when they were come to the place, which is
called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the
malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other
on the left."
  The Book of Luke 23:33
His back and face were smitten:
"Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged
him."
  The Book of John 19:1
"And they smote him on the head with a reed, and
did spit upon him, and bowing their knees wor-
shipped him."
  The Book of Mark 15:19
"And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and
smote him.   And when they had blindfolded him,
they struck him on the face, and asked him,
saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?"

The Book of Luke 22:63-64.

Not one bone in His body was broken:
"But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he
was dead already, they brake not his legs:

But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his
side, and forthwith came there out blood and
water.   For these things were done, that the scrip-
ture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be
broken."
  The Book of John 19:33-34, 36
Messiah rose three days after his crucifixion:
"And that he was buried, and that he rose again
the third day according to the scriptures:"

The Book of I Corinthians 15:4.
Many messiahs have come and gone, but only the
true Messiah has come, has died, and been raised
from the dead.

Y What must I do to receive the promises of the
Messiah?

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and
truth came by Jesus Christ."
  The Book of John 1:17
"And by him all that believe are justified from all
things, from which ye could not be justified by the
law of Moses."
  The Book of Acts 13:39
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that
your sins may be blotted out, when the times of
refreshing shall come from the presence of the
Lord;"
The Book of Acts 3:19.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved."
  The Book of Romans 10:9
Repent and pray - ask the Messiah, the Lord Jesus
Christ into your heart, and you will be given life eternal!

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