Letter 3: It is written – and it happened

“I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve [Apostles of Jesus]. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep {have died}”

(1 Corinthians 15:3 – 7).


The words “according to the Scriptures” refer to what had been written by the prophets who had lived hundreds of years before. It was these Scriptures that had been fulfilled in Jesus.


They reported the time and place of His coming (Micah 5:2, Daniel 9:24ff [this passage needs introductory help to be understood]); that He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), and what His name would be (Isaiah 63:8 [Saviour in Hebrew is Yeshua; this is the name Jesus actually had, while on earth]). Also His divinity was foretold (Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6 [Immanuel means‚God with us]) and it all culminated in the prophecies predicting His crucifixion and death. Allow me to mention just two or three of these prophecies. David wrote about Jesus around 1 000 BC, stating:


“Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing” (Psalm 22:16 – 18).


Isaiah the prophet spoke in 700 BC, saying: