The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to our Christianity. If Christ has not been raised, our faith is futile; and we are still in our sins (1 Cor 15:17). So, what surety do we have for the foundation of our faith?
In the First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, [and] that he was raised on the third day according to the Scripture” (1 Cor 15:3-4). All throughout the Old Testament, prophets foretold the story of Jesus: His death and resurrection were prophesied and fulfilled in incredible detail.
However, that wasn’t the only prophecy to be fulfilled by Jesus. There were over 380 prophecies that relate to Jesus, and everything that was written about Him had to be fulfilled (Luke 24:44), and it was. Often when we read Old Testament Scripture in isolation (without the lens of why Jesus had to come), the scriptures don’t make sense. The 66 different books in the Bible, written at different times by different authors, all tell one story – The story of Jesus. He is the Scarlet Thread, woven all throughout Scripture.
It would have been impossible for one man to fulfil all the prophesies, yet Jesus did. Therefore, when we see the alignment of Old Testament prophesies and the supernatural fulfilment thereof in the New Testament, it confirms our faith. For that reason, we have surety of our faith in God, and faith in the Word of God.