A very popular objection among Jews as to why Jesus could not have been the Messiah is because the messiah was not predicted in the Tanakh (the hebrew bible) to be someone who performed signs and wonders like healing the blind or raising up the dead and so on. This unfortunately is another mistake made by the Jewish nation to clearly see the picture that is portrayed in their scriptures. Moses, whom we must start with to consider predictions of the Messiah, said in Deuteronomy 18,
“the LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers – it is him you shall listen.” (Deut. 18:15 ESV)
So before we identify who this figure is, let’s ask what kind of person Moses was. He was a prophet, God’s spokesman, but most importantly he was someone who ushered in a new covenant with God, and to show that God was with him, he performed signs and wonders such as, tuning the Aaron’s staff into a snake, turning the waters in Egypt into blood, parting the Red Sea, so on. If this person who was going to be like moses was going to be identified, don’t you think there would be a display of signs accompanied with them just like Moses?
In Acts chapter 7, in Stephen’s famous speech to the Jewish council just before his martyrdom, speaking of Moses in relationship to the Jewish people Stephen said, “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’- this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.” (Acts 7:35-36 ESV) If we just consider the similarities of the two persons in this text, it is quite clear and even astonishing. Jesus, like Moses was rejected by his people, but God had still appointed this man to be “both ruler and redeemer”. Signs and wonders were performed by Moses and much more so by Jesus, verifying His coming. Moses might have split the sea to walk on dry ground, but Jesus walked on the water instead. Jesus, most certainly fits the picture of someone who was like Moses as Moses had foretold, and much greater.