A portrait of the life of Jesus, revealing the character of God – taken from the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
A personal note from Lisa – Although we live on opposite sides of the planet and have not yet met face to face, I consider this sweet lady a dear friend. We have communicated by email for some time and I have come to love her tender spirit as she honors God in all she does.
Lilian worked diligently over the past year, overcoming obstacle after obstacle that the enemy used to try to discourage her, to get this book into a format so it would be available to you. I am honored to have a copy in my library – the first one available in the United States!
She is a blessing in my life, and her book will no doubt bless you with reminders and fresh views of our Saviour.
Type of book
An overview of the character of Christ, using Scripture to reveal His identity, mission, and heart.
Why did you write this?
This book intends you to know Jesus and His resurrection power which is available for you in this life, when you receive Jesus into your life.
In the year 1999, the Lord led me to produce a teledrama proclaiming ‘The Christ of Prophecy’ as part 1 of the project. Six months later, in the year 2000, mid June, during a Sunday church service, while listening to the message preached by my husband, the Lord showed me a vision of the resurrection power of Jesus which broke down every barrier and conquered death. I was led to write the book, ‘Knowing Jesus – The Christ of Prophecy’ as Part 2 of the project.
The Promised Messiah, is the second edition of the book.
Who might benefit?
Anyone who would seek to understand that Jesus is the Son of God
Jesus was the fulfillment of all the prophecies of
This book introduces you to an opportunity to examine a series of prophecies about the Messiah (Saviour) that were fulfilled in the person of Jesus. These fulfillments reveal the character of God in the life of Jesus. They are given to us in an accepted literal nature in the recorded scriptures of the New Testament. They were written by those who lived in close relationship with Jesus during His three and a half years of ministry on earth and up to His death, resurrection and ascension.
Prophecy is inspired foretelling to unravel a plan of God
The book of Hebrews chapter 1: 1 says, “ In the past God spoke to our forefathers through prophets at many times and in various ways. Also, 2 Peter 1: 21 says, “prophecy never had it’s origin in the will of man but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit”.
In the part of the bible known as the Old Testament we read prophecies of historical events that literally took place years later, fulfilling the prophecies. Also detailed prophecies about Jesus from His birth to the resurrection were proven to have been fulfilled by the recorded scripture in the New Testament.
Prophet Isaiah lived and prophesied of God’s promise of a Messiah over 600 years before the birth of Jesus. This prophecy of Jesus’ virgin birth, in Isaiah 7: 14 says, “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.” The fulfillment is recorded in Matthew 1: 18.
The following are a few prophecies fulfilled in the life of Jesus
He was rejected Prophesied in Fulfilled in
By the Jews Isaiah 53: 3 John 1: 11
He suffered for Prophesied in Fulfilled in
Our sake Isaiah 53: 4, 5 Hebrews 13:12
He was struck Prophesied in Fulfilled in
And spat on Isaiah 50: 6 Mark 14: 65
He was crucified Prophesied in Fulfilled in
With sinners Isaiah 53: 12 Matthew 27: 38
The prophecies of the Messianic ministry of Jesus were two winged, a suffering Messiah and a kingly Messiah.
The Three Temptations of Jesus
- The First Temptation
When the tempter came to Jesus, he said, “If you are the Son of God, tell theses stones to become bread.” Jesus answered and said, “It is written: man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:3,4.
In Jesus’ denial to satisfy His hunger against the will of God, He proved the validity of His own words, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” Matthew 16:24. Though Jesus was hungry, physically empty, He was full of the Holy Spirit and did not succomb to ungodly suggestions.
- The Second Temptation
Then the devil took Jesus up into the holy city and set Him up on a pinnacle of the temple and said to Him “If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down: for it is written, He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone” Matthew 4:5,6. Because Jesus was firm in His knowledge of the Word of God, He was able to say, “It is also written: do not put the Lord your God to the test” Matthew 4:7. Jesus had a deep understanding of the promises of His heavenly Father. God is able to protect those who put their trust in Him, but we are not to endanger ourselves by simple trying to prove that promise.
- The Third Temptation
Satan tries to make us listen to him by offering worldly possessions and rank. Again the devil took Jesus up into a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them and said unto Him, “All these things will I give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
Jesus quotes Scripture “Away from Me Satan! for it is written “Worship the Lord you God and serve Him only” Matthew 4:8-10.
All three temptations were instances where Jesus acted in submission to the will of God and in obedience to the Word of God, to carry out His mission in fulfilling all righteousness.
From these three temptations, we see that Jesus did not submit to temptations. He had no need to prove Himslef to the world. His mission was the Father’s divine plan.
- The lust of the flesh – an urge to satisfy self in in some way that goes against the will of God.
- The lust of the eyes – craving possessions that leads man to submit to ungodliness. When man craves for what he sees with his eyes, dissatisfaction, jealousy, and stubbornness creep into his life.
- The pride of life – The pride of man’s heart makes him yearn for recognition in many areas of life. Not regarding the will of God, his own thoughts become importantand lead him to crave self importance, self confidence, self suffiency, self righteousness and self centeredness. the ultimate result will be disobedience to the will of God. When we truly follow the footsteps of the Lord, we will be in the right path to become over-comers in many areas of our lives.
About the Author
Lilian E. De Silva, who was born to a Christian family, was touched with the Truth of the Gospel in 1986 at the age of 44. She was inspired to begin her writing ministry and started writing gospel tracts.
Inspired by her husband’s message during a Sunday House church service, Lilian published her first book under the Title, ‘ The Christ of Prophecy ‘, in the year 2003, in Sri Lanka.
The Lord has given her opportunities in different areas to further the gospel. ‘ The Moratuwa Fellowship of Christian Women ‘, a team of over twenty five members from various Christian denominations, reached out with the gospel in Moratuwa.
The Pastors’ Wives Fellowship, which she was led to start in the year 2005, completing over twelve years (now 2018), still continues, gathering Senior Pastors’ wives from thirteen Christian denominations for fellowship and testimony.
The Lord led her to witness personally to a former President of Sri Lanka, at his residence. She has presented her books to two Presidents and a Prime Minister, of Sri lanka.
She has presented the gospel over the National Radio, National TV and on stage. Also at an annual event ‘Fete de la Musique’, at Alliance Francaise Colombo, in 2011.
Lilian is the wife of Lillan De Silva, who Pastor’d the Kadawatha Assembly of ‘The Gospel Ministries’ Church, Colombo, Sri Lanka, for over twenty years up to the year 2014. They are parents of three and grandparents of six, living in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
Young at heart, she performed at age 72 with her granddaughter.