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Dance Before The King was inspired by The King of Kings Himself - Jesus Christ

Whether you have a faith or not, or whatever religion you belong to, this basically sums why I believe in Jesus. My parents brought me up to believe in Him, but after tough times, having an open mind, listening to and weighing up other peoples faiths, these are just a few of The Bible verses which have really helped me keep my faith in Jesus Christ.
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Prophecies about Jesus Christ - and how He fulfilled them!

Micah, who lived around 742 - 687 BC prophesied:

'"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."'
Micah 5 v 2 (NIV)

Fulfilment

'After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."'

Matthew 2 v 1 - 2 (NIV)
'So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.'
Luke 2 v 4 (NIV)
'While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she {Mary} gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.'
Luke 2 v 6 - 7 (NIV)

Isaiah, who lived around 700 BC prophesied:

'"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel"'
Isaiah 7 v 14 (NIV) - Immanuel means God with us

Fulfilment

  'This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.'
Matthew 1 v 18 (NIV)

'"You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 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 the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end."
  "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
   The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."'
Luke 1 v 31 - 34 (NIV)

A Psalm by David, a descendent of Mary (Jesus' mother) and Joseph, prophesying the way Jesus would die

'I am poured out like water,
  and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
  it has melted away within me.'

'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 v 14 and 16 - 18 (NIV)

Fulfilment

'When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.'

Matthew 27 v 35

  '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."'
John 19 v 23 - 24 (NIV)

Comparisons of Jesus to the Passover Lamb and how Jesus would die

Regarding the Passover lamb:

'"Do not break any of the bones."'
Exodus 12 v 46
'"They must not leave any of it till morning or break any of its bones."'
Numbers 9 v 12. This was God speaking to Moses. Both quotes were recorded by Moses around 1450 - 1410 BC as part of the Law God gave the Israelites.

'...he protects all his bones,
  not one of them will be broken.'
Psalm 34 v 20 from a Psalm by David

  '"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."'
Zechariah 12 v 10 Written around 480 BC

Fulfilment

This was said of Jesus just before he started his ministry:
  'The next day John {the Baptist} saw Jesus coming towards him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"'
John 1 v 29 (Written by John, Jesus' disciple).

This happened soon after Jesus had died on the cross:

'But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.'
John 19 v 33 - 34.

A prophecy about Jesus' Resurrection

'because you will not abandon me to the grave,
  nor will you let your Holy One see decay.'
Psalm 16 v 10

Fulfilment

  'So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him.'

Matthew 28 v 8 - 9
'"This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him."'
Part of Peter's address to the crowd at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost - Acts 2 v 23 - 24

Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God the Father

'The LORD says to my Lord:
  "Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet."'
Psalm 110 v 1, however, the whole Psalm is based on this theme.

Fulfilment

  'After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God."
Mark 16 v 19
  'When he had lead them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.'
Luke 24 v 50 - 51

The Apostle Paul's Conversion

After the Lord Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, the early Church was persecuted. One man determined to do this was Saul. However, while on the road to Damascus to persecute the Church there, this happened:

'As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
  "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.   "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."   The men travelling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.'
The full story is recorded in Act 9. This passage is from verses 3 - 9. Saul then changed his name to Paul and became one of the most famous apostles.
'They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy." And they praised God because of me.'
Paul's Letter to the Galatians, Chapter 1 v 23 - 24 (NIV).

Conclusion

These are just a few of the prophecies and verses about Jesus Christ. There were too many to include all of them here. I have tried to keep it to just a handful, but some are so interwoven, they were impossible to leave out. All verses were taken within the permission guidelines for quoting from The Holy Bible, New International Version. Source of reference: Life Application Bible (New International Version). Kevin J Foulger.

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