December 20, 2018

John 10:41 (NLT) — 41 And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.”

Not only did everything that John said about Jesus come true but everything that was said about him in the Old Testament came true. And because of that we can put tremendous faith in the scriptures and tremendous faith in Jesus. In the following prophecies the prophecy of David took place about a thousand years before the birth of Jesus. Isaiah, Micah and Zechariah about seven hundred or so years before the birth of Jesus. And Malachi about four hundred years before the birth of Jesus.

David prophesied that Jesus’ hands and feet would be pierced.

Psalm 22:16 (NLT) — 16 My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet.

Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would remain silent as the false charges against him were read.

Isaiah 53:7 (NLT) — 7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

Isaiah also prophesied that Jesus would be buried in a rich man’s grave.

Isaiah 53:9 (NLT) — 9 He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.

Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.

Micah 5:2 (NLT) — 2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.

Zechariah prophesied that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9 (NLT) — 9 Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.

He also prophesied that Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for thirty pieces of silver and that the silver would be used to buy a potter’s field.

Zechariah 11:12–13 (NLT) — 12 And I said to them, “If you like, give me my wages, whatever I am worth; but only if you want to.” So they counted out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—this magnificent sum at which they valued me! So I took the thirty coins and threw them to the potter in the Temple of the Lord.

Malachi prophesied that Jesus would have a forerunner announcing his coming.

Malachi 3:1 (NLT) — 1 “Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

From what I understand the chance of those eight prophecies concerning one person coming to pass is 1 in 10 to the 28th power.  Which can be illustrated like this:

If you cover the entire state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars, one of which has a red mark on it, and tell your friend to walk through the entire state—through the Panhandle down to the Gulf, through Dallas, Houston, and Corpus Christi, from north to south, east to west—and choose one silver dollar. The statistical probability that he will choose the one with the red mark is 1 in ten to the 28th power!

However their are not just eight prophecies in the bible concerning Jesus.There are about three hundred! And the probability of one individual perfectly fulfilling all three hundred is beyond the ability to illustrate.

When you hold the Bible in your hands you are holding the Truth. When you believe in Jesus you are believing in the Truth. Merry Christmas!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. I’ve heard that many unsaved people are very intelligent. They can turn words inside out and upside down to always come up with a very logical explanation in their mind as to why the truth is not true. They are brilliant, word smart people! I sort of understand how this is possible for them to do because words can be put in many different orders and make perfect sense. But when it comes to numbers, there is an exact order…no fudging and no mixing them around to come up with different orders for the right answer. So why then, do these statistical probabilities mentioned above not bring them to a place of belief when there is no denying the math? I’m sure there is an answer to this in their minds. Thank you Lord that I have never had to work so hard to simply believe!