3. Back to the Future

3. Back to the Future

Conversation #2 – Back to the Future

(Old Testament Prophecies that point to Easter)

Read John 12:12-16

The apostle John, who was writing his gospel 30+ years after the event of Easter, admitted that at the time the disciples did not realise the things that had been written about Jesus (in the Old Testament) were matching with the things that were being done to Jesus (John 12:16).  Elements of the Easter story seem to be referred to many times before they took place. 

Exploring the Text:

Each person in the group choose one prophecy about the cross.  Look up these prophecies and determine which part of the Easter story they are predicting.  If you have time, you might like to do a second or do the rest at home.

Prophetic ScriptureFulfilledSubject
a.Zechariah 9:9Mark 11:7-11 
b.Psalm 41:9Mark 14:17-18 
c.Zechariah 11:12Matthew 26:14-15 
d.Psalm 35:11Mark 14:57,58 
e.Isaiah 53:7Mark 15:4,5 
f.Isaiah 50:6Matthew 26:67 
g.Isaiah 53:5Romans 5:6-8 
h.Psalm 22:17,18Matthew 27:35-36 
i.Psalm 22:1Matthew 27:46 
j.Psalm 34:20John 19:32,33,36 
k.Isaiah 53:9Matthew 27:57-60 
l.Mark 8:31Mark 16:6 

Did you notice that there wasn’t any resurrection prophecies from the Old Testament?  This seems to be a little strange considering the number of prophecies to Jesus suffering and death.  In 1 Corinthians 15:4 the Apostle Paul affirms that Jesus was indeed raised “raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” but what Scriptures are Paul referring to?

While there is a generally agreed-upon theology of resurrection in the Old Testament (cf. Job 19:25–27; Ps 49:15; 73:23–28; Isa 25:8; 26:19; Ezek 37:1–14; Hos 13:14; Dan 12:1–4 etc.), many scholars find that the connections between Psalm 16:10 and Psalm 22, and Isaiah 53:10–11 and Daniel 12:2–3 as prophecies of Jesus’ resurrection, or the Jonah’s three days in the whale as a prophecy of Jesus’ three days in the tomb, require some creative interpretation.  However, we find in the gospels multiple references to Jesus’ predicting his death and resurrection three days later (eg Mark 8:31)     

Discussion starter: 
How do you respond to what we have just learnt?  How helpful is it to you to know that the Easter story was predicted and fits into a much larger story of God’s love for us? 

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