Most people who have been around God’s Word know of Isaiah and his prophecies. Some prophecies Christ fulfilled in the first advent, which is what we will focus on today. Isaiah also has some prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled, which I wholeheartedly believe will eventually be fulfilled.
One example of Isaiah’s prophecies being fulfilled was in Isaiah 7:14. It says, “behold a virgin shall conceive.” We can see in Matthew 1:18 and 1:23 that a “virgin shall be with child.” So we know that a virgin woman was going to conceive, according to Isaiah, and later does exactly that. Another fulfilled prophecy was in Isaiah 11:1. “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse.” Jesse was King David’s father, and then in Matthew 1:6, 16, we see the family lineage that leads to Jesus’ birth.
One example of Christ’s characteristics consists of wisdom. Isaiah 11:2 says, “the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom.” The wisdom of Christ was fulfilled in Luke 2:52, and also in Matthew 13:54, which says “whence hath this man this wisdom.” So we know that Isaiah described that the Messiah would be a wise man, and when he finally came, we are told that the people thought He was wise.
Christ was to be a light. Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” This was also another fulfilled prophecy. We see its fulfillment in Matthew 4:12-16. Finally in Isaiah 11:3,4 Christ is our Judge. We see the prophecy fulfilled in John 5:22 and Matthew 25:32. Jesus will righteously judge all. So Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would come with a mission to be a light, and be our judge. We see that when he came, he shined as a light on earth, and that one day He will judge all at the seat of judgement.
It’s crazy to think that somebody can read the Bible and not believe in Christ. After reading Isaiah, and see the fulfilled prophecies, which were written hundreds of years before fulfillment, how could you not believe?