Throughout history, many people have claimed to be the Messiah. Only Christ perfectly fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies.

Matthew recorded several of these prophecies in his book. He compared the Old Testament prophetic writings with the historical and eyewitness accounts of the disciples in order to prove that Jesus is the promised Messiah.

Reference in Matthew

Old Testament Passage

Prophecies about the Messiah and His Ministry

1:23

Isaiah 7:14

Born of a virgin

2:5–6

Micah 5:2

Born in Bethlehem

2:14–15

Hosea 11:1

Come out of Egypt

2:16–18

Jeremiah 31:15

Birth would cause grief and the death of children

3:3

Isaiah 40:3

Announced by a forerunner

4:15–16

Isaiah 9:1–2

Minister in Galilee

8:17

Isaiah 53:4

Bring healing

11:10

Malachi 3:1

Announced by a forerunner

12:18–21

Isaiah 42:1–4

Bring hope to the Gentiles

13:14–15

Isaiah 6:9–10

Many would not understand His teaching

13:34–35

Psalm 78:2

Speak in parables

15:7–9

Isaiah 29:13

Opposed by hypocrites

21:4–5

Zechariah 9:9

Arrive riding a donkey

21:42

Psalm 118:22–23

Rejected by some to their own undoing

22:44

Psalm 110:1

Recognized by David as Lord

26:31

Zechariah 13:7

Followers would scatter at His death

27:9–10

Zechariah 11:13

Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver

27:35

Psalm 22:18

Lots cast to divide His clothes