I found something in the Old Testament that show that the Savior of the world, who would die for our sins, could be not other person than God himself. You see right through the Old Testament, what ever was offered to God had to be without blemish i.e. without any fault. I have mentioned a few verses below that show the same.
The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.
“If the animal you present as a burnt offering is from the flock, it may be either a sheep or a goat, but it must be a male with no defects.
“If the people bring a sheep as their sin offering, it must be a female with no defects.
For a guilt offering, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value. Through this process the priest will purify you from your unintentional sin, making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven.
Now that you have seen that you have seen that a sacrifice can only be acceptable when it is with out fault. Now in the case of man, without fault would mean that he is pure in his thinking, in his heart and also his actions.
Note: Such criteria cannot be applied to any animal. So they can be termed without fault as long as they are physically ok and mentally stable.
Now I would like to show you that there is no being that God created that exist without fault. Be it man or the spirits or any of the prophets or even the angels for that matter. I would like to state some verses that show the same.
2 Chronicles 6:36 (man)
36“If they sin against you— for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near,
1Kings 22:19-23 (spirits)
19And Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left; 20and the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another. 21Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ 22And the LORD said to him, ‘By what means?’ And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’ 23Now therefore behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the LORD has declared disaster for you.”
1 Kings 13:18 (prophets)
18And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.'” But he lied to him.
Job 15: 15 (angels)
Why, God does not even trust his angels; even they are not pure in his sight.
So you see that the man, who would pay the price for the sins of all men, would also be God because He alone is without any fault. He was conceived without sin lived a sinless life and died through no fault of his own. This person who was fully man is Jesus and this is one of the many ways that shows that he was also fully God because only a man can suffer and die and only God could be without sin and so be the sacrifice for all sin & live in flesh even after death.
A Prayer of Praise The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.
Wait I have not finished yet. I would like to show you something quoted in my Old Testament, which you can call God’s trademark and Jesus does just that ….. just exactly that. Let me quote Psalm 107:23-30.
23 Some sailed over the ocean in ships,
earning their living on the seas.
24 They saw what the Lord can do,
his wonderful acts on the seas.
25 He commanded, and a mighty wind began to blow
and stirred up the waves.
26 The ships were lifted high in the air
and plunged down into the depths.
In such danger the sailors lost their courage;
27 they stumbled and staggered like drunken men —
all their skill was useless.
28 Then in their trouble they called to the Lord,
and he saved them from their distress.
29 He calmed the raging storm,
and the waves became quiet.
30 They were glad because of the calm,
and he brought them safe to the port they wanted.
Now moving to Mathew 8:23-26 of my New Testament, I’ll show you Jesus pulling off this move, here it is…
23 Jesus got into a boat, and his disciples went with him. 24 Suddenly a fierce storm hit the lake, and the boat was in danger of sinking. But Jesus was asleep. 25 The disciples went to him and woke him up. “Save us, Lord!” they said. “We are about to die!”
26 “Why are you so frightened?” Jesus answered. “How little faith you have!” Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop, and there was a great calm.
I would like to tell you 4 (Simon, Andrew, James & John) of 12 disciples were fishermen …experienced in sailing boats. So you see the remarkable similarity.
- In both passages the waters were stirred up by a fierce storm.
- In both passages the boat was out of control despite having experienced sailors on board.
- In both passages they called out to God (Jesus) in their distress.
- In both passages God (Jesus) and only God himself calms the storm and the waters.
Note the quotation JESUS ORDERED THE WINDS AND THE WAVES TO STOP. This shows that Jesus used his own authority & who else can have such authority other than God.
So you see from all of the above, the Messiah who was promised to man was God himself. Only God can save man, man cannot save man. It will be like a blind man leading a blind man….both are doomed to fall. One more thing knowing Jesus is privilege I say this because He has given us the gift of Salvation at the cost of his own life & we can only say that salvation is ours when we accept what he has done for us. I hope you are getting my drift you know you cannot say something is yours if you reject it when it is given to you. As it is quoted in my Old Testament in Psalm 91:14
God says, “I will save those who love me
and will protect those who acknowledge me as Lord.