The second thing that Jesus fulfilled when he came to earth was all the Old Testament prophecies pertaining to the Messiah. The Roman Empire controlled all of Israel at the time of Jesus. The Israelites resented the Romans…so much so that they had warped and twisted the clear teaching of the Old Testament to make themselves believe that the coming Messiah’s purpose was to free them from their bondage to Rome. This misconception led to many men showing up and leading the Israelites in a revolt against Rome, something that the Israelites were always eager to do. These fake messiahs that came along all failed to complete one specific detail. They did not fulfill all Old Testament prophecies pertaining to the coming Messiah. Of all the men that claimed to be the messiah, Jesus was the only one who fulfilled all Old Testament prophecies. One of the most well known Old Testament prophecies that talks about Christ’s coming is Isaiah 53. This chapter in the Bible discusses with great detail the trial and death of Christ around 2000 years before it ever took place. The details of Christ’s death fulfilled this prophecy perfectly unlike the death of any previous “messiah.” Isaiah 53:5 says, “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities and the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.” That coincides perfectly with what Jesus did for us. He was wounded for what we did wrong, He was bruised for the sins that we committed, and the peace that we have is a result of the chastisement that was inflicted upon Him. In verse seven of chapter fifty-three, it says that He was oppressed and afflicted but did not speak. This prophecy is fulfilled in Matthew 27:12. “And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.”
In a book written by Josh McDowell titled “The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict,” he devotes a section of it entirely to prophecies fulfilled by Christ. A total of 61 prophecies are listed all of which were fulfilled perfectly by Jesus Christ. Being a probability fan, I just have to throw this in-the odds of one man fulfilling all Old Testament prophecies is one in two quintillion. Two quintillion is the number of silver dollars it would take to cover the state of Texas with a layer of 35 feet. But what is the most mindboggling is that Jesus is the only man who did fulfill all those prophecies and is the only man who ever will.
The last reason why Jesus came to earth was to give Christians an example to follow. This does not mean that we have to be sinless, but it does mean that we can try to live our lives in a way that is worthy of the calling with which we have been called (Ephesians 4). Christ’s coming did not stop at us simply becoming Christians; it teaches us how to live after we are saved. The apostle Paul once urged the recipients of his letters to be like him. Is that because Paul was a really great guy and one to emulate? No, it was because he was emulating Christ and he wanted others to be like Christ by watching him. We are ambassadors for Christ. An ambassador does his best to depict the person or country that he is there for as eloquently as possible so his listeners receive an upstanding portrayal of the person or country he is representing. We need to be ambassadors for a perfect, holy God. Christ came to set a standard that we should strive to meet so that we can be holy and upstanding ambassadors for God in an unholy and Christ-neglected world.
This concept of what Christ accomplished is very broad. Every point that I stated above could each be broken down into many more sub-points, and papers could be written on each of them with extensive detail. This paper that I have written is not an “end-all be-all.” I would recommend to everyone reading this that they should go and research this subject on their own. I have found it very intriguing.