Who Is the Christ?
Jesus began by explaining to them that God had spoken through Moses about the Christ saying, “I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.” (Deut. 18:18-
With these words the disciples were moved and captivated. They walked alongside Jesus not knowing who He was, but listening intently as He pieced together the scriptures concerning Himself.
In talking about Himself, Jesus told these disciples that the Christ was born of a virgin in Bethlehem just as the scriptures foretold. Isaiah foretold that, "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US." (Matthew 1:23 and Isaiah 7:14) Micah said, "AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH;
FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL." (Matthew 2:6 and Micah 5:2)
The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness
Jesus continued by explaining the message of John the Baptist. "For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, "THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WIDERNESS, MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!" (Matthew 4:3 and Isaiah 40:3) Jesus even told His followers that, "This is the one about whom it is written, 'BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.'" (Matthew 11:10 and Malachi 3:1) Jesus was asked by His disciples after His transfiguration, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" (As it says in Micah 4:5, "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.") Jesus answered them, "Elijah is coming and will restore all things; but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." (Matthew 17:11)