He was always promised

After Jesus died and rose to life, He walked and spoke with two of His followers about how the ancient scriptures had always pointed forward to Him.

“‘And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”

Luke 24:27 (NIV)

This Lent join us on a daily journey through some of the Old and New Testament scriptures that showed the promise of Jesus and His work to rescue us from the darkness of sin. In this daily journey toward Easter may you be encouraged with the truth that God has always had a plan to be with you. He was always promised to us.

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”

1 Peter 1:18-20 (NIV)

Starts Wednesday 17 February 2021

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Daily Reflections

Wednesday 17 February 

Ash Wednesday

Old Testament Prophecy

Genesis 3:15

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’”

New Testament Fulfilment

Revelation 12:9, 17

“The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient snake called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him…Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring – those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” 

Thought

From Genesis to Revelation – from the beginning of the Bible to the end – God promised that Jesus would come as Messiah to save us from sinfulness. Thank God in your prayers for the gift of Jesus.

Thursday 18 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Jeremiah 31:31

“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Hebrews 9:15

“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

Thought

The Holy Almighty God entered into a covenant (agreement) with us because He loves us!


Friday 19 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Psalm 118:22–24

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.”
 
New Testament Fulfilment

Acts 4:11-12

“Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’”
 
Thought

Jesus understands rejection. Give thanks to Him in prayer today for strength in tough times because He understands.


Saturday 20 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Isaiah 7:14

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 1:22-23

“All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).”

Thought

A virgin giving birth to a baby is miraculous, but it did happen! Jesus is still doing amazing things today. What can you thank God for today?

Sunday 21 February 

First Sunday of Lent

Old Testament Prophecy

Daniel 9:25

“‘Know and understand this: from the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven “sevens”, and sixty-two “sevens”.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Galatians 4:4-5

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”

Thought

Timing is important to God. But we need to remember that His timing is not always ours. What or who do you need patience with today?

Monday 22 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Isaiah 53:1

“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

New Testament Fulfilment

John 12:37-38

“Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. This was to fulfil the word of Isaiah the prophet: ‘Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’”

Thought

It’s hard to believe that people wouldn’t believe in the God of the universe, especially after so many miraculous signs. Thank God for the gift of faith and ask Him in prayer today for even more faith.

Tuesday 23 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Malachi 4:5–6

“‘See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.’”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 17:10-13

“The disciples asked him, ‘Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?’ Jesus replied, ‘To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognise him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.’ Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.”

Thought

Elijah was a real physical prophet of God, and he also represented a type of prophet, which was fulfilled by John the Baptist. These were two simple men who obediently followed the call of God to declare His love. God has called you as well.

Wednesday 24 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Deuteronomy 18:15

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Luke 24:19

“‘About Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.”

Thought

Jesus has always been the best prophet to reveal God to us. We learn of God’s endless love through Jesus.


Thursday 25 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Zechariah 12:10

“‘And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”

New Testament Fulfilment

John 19:34, 36-37

“Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water…These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken,’ and, as another scripture says, ‘They will look on the one they have pierced.’”

Thought

Jesus was pierced on the cross to ensure His death. His death ensures your salvation. All you have to do is accept Him and His gracious gift.


Friday 26 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Psalm 22:18

“They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”

New Testament Fulfilment

John 19:23–24

“When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. ‘Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another. ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.’ This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, ‘They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.’ So this is what the soldiers did.”

Thought

This prophecy contains such specific details about what would happen to Jesus. Details matter to God. Your details matter to God. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Matt 10:30). Thank Him in prayer today for seeing and understanding the details that make up your life.

Saturday 27 February 

Old Testament Prophecy

Hosea 11:1

“‘When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 2:13–15

“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’”

Thought

Jesus and his family were refugees in Egypt. He understands what it’s like to face hardship. You can give your worries to Him.

Sunday 28 February 

Second Sunday of Lent

Old Testament Prophecy

Zechariah 11:12–13

“I told them, ‘If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.’ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’– the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 27:9–10

“Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: ‘They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.’”

Thought

No price can be put on what Jesus did for us on the cross that very first Easter. Praise God for His free gift of forgiveness and salvation.


Monday 1 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Daniel 7:13-14

“‘In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 16:27

“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.”

Thought

Jesus, the Son of Man, has promised to return for us in the glory He rightly deserves. His death and resurrection have bought your freedom. Praise Him today for His gracious gift.


Tuesday 2 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Genesis 22:2, 7-8

“Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love – Isaac – and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will show you.’…‘The fire and wood are here,’ Isaac said, ‘but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together.”

New Testament Fulfilment

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Thought

Jesus was the one and only Son – the lamb – who could save us from sin and provide eternal life. What a gift!

Wednesday 3 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Exodus 12:21-23

“Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, ‘Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the door-frame. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the door-frame and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.”

New Testament Fulfilment

John 1:29

“The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Thought

It took the blood of a lamb without blemish to cleanse us of sin. Jesus is that perfect Lamb who takes away the sin of the world.

Thursday 4 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Numbers 24:17a

“‘I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 2:2

“…and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’”

Thought

When God commands, even the skies respond to His will. As predicted, the star appeared to declare the arrival of our Messiah.


Friday 5 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Micah 5:2

“‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.’”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 2:4–6

“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: ‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”’”

Thought

Bethlehem may have felt like an insignificant village, but God had plans to use it in a mighty way. You may feel insignificant, but God can use a willing heart to do mighty things. Are you ready to obey what He’s calling you to?


Saturday 6 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Psalm 110:1

“The Lord says to my lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’”

New Testament Fulfilment

1 Corinthians 15:25–26

“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

Thought

Praise God that Jesus has conquered death! We look forward to resurrection Sunday that proves the power of God. We look forward to the soon return of Jesus when death and suffering will be no more!


Sunday 7 March 

Third Sunday of Lent

Old Testament Prophecy

2 Samuel 7:8,12, 16

“‘Now then, tell my servant David, “This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel… when your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom…Your house and your kingdom shall endure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.”’”

New Testament Fulfilment

Luke 1:32-33

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’”

Thought

Even something as basic as what family line the Messiah would come from didn’t escape the planning of God. It’s the same for you. When your ancestors were making choices hundreds of years ago, God knew it would eventually produce you! God has always loved you.


Monday 8 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Isaiah 9:6–7

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Luke 1:32-33

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’”

Thought

How reassuring that God’s kingdom will never end! The values of His kingdom are something we can live right now, as we wait for the reality of His peaceful, righteous kingdom in person.


Tuesday 9 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Malachi 3:1

“‘I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 11:9-11

“Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: ‘“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.” Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

Thought

What an honour! John the Baptist was given the privilege of preparing people to hear the message of Jesus. You have the same honour. Who can you help to meet Jesus today?


Wednesday 10 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Genesis 14:18

“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,”

New Testament Fulfilment

Hebrews 6:20

“where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest for ever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Thought

Several people in the Old Testament pre-figured Christ to help us understand more about Him and His work to save us. As you read scripture, prayerfully ask God for wisdom to understand Him and His mission.

Thursday 11 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Isaiah 61:1–2

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,”

New Testament Fulfilment

Luke 4:17–21

“and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”

Thought

This is like Jesus’ mission statement. And what a beautiful mission it is! How can you join in today? Ask God in prayer to show you ways to proclaim good news, bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim freedom and help people escape this world’s darkness.

Friday 12 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Genesis 12:1-3

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. ‘I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’”

New Testament Fulfilment

Acts 3:25

“And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, “Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.””

Thought

Truly all peoples on earth have been blessed through Abraham, an ancestor of Jesus the Christ. The plans of God always come true!


Saturday 13 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Numbers 21:8-9

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.’ So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.”

New Testament Fulfilment

John 3:14

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’”

Thought

Jesus was lifted up on the cross and then again after His resurrection. As we look up to Him, we live. We can also lift Him up by our testimony, so that others can see Him too. How can you lift Jesus up today?


Sunday 14 March 

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Old Testament Prophecy

Ruth 2:20

“‘The Lord bless him!’ Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.’”

New Testament Fulfilment

Ephesians 1:7

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

Thought

The Hebrew word for guardian-redeemer is a legal term for one who has the obligation to redeem a relative in serious difficulty (Biblegateway.com). Praise the Lord for the redemption that Jesus provides through His blood spilt on the cross for each of us. He is our guardian-redeemer.

Monday 15 March 

Old Testament Prophecy

Isaiah 11:1

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”

New Testament Fulfilment

Matthew 1:1,6

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:… and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,”

Thought

Imagine being named in the family of Jesus. And as a child of God you are! Give thanks to Jesus today for making the way.

The Hebrew word for guardian-redeemer is a legal term for one who has the obligation to redeem a relative in serious difficulty (Biblegateway.com). Praise the Lord for the redemption that Jesus provides through His blood spilt on the cross for each of us. He is our guardian-redeemer.

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