Oops, I forget to get into the fulfilled prophecies that support the Bible as a truly unique book. There are so many of them in so many different areas perhaps it would be good if we limited the course of our investigations a little. Let’s just look at the prophecies that are given concerning the possibility that Jesus was and is the Messiah.
Let’s take an objective look at just a few of the prophecies concerning the Messiah and see if we find the fulfillment in the life of Jesus. In order to make it a little more difficult… that someone might try to live in such a way as to only seem to fulfill them, let’s look at eight prophecies that would be beyond the ability of a person to arrange their life so as to seem to fulfill them.
Here are eight prophecies about the Messiah that would be beyond the ability of a person to control them for obvious reasons.
1. Place of birth (Micah 5:2)
2. Time of Birth (Daniel 9:25, Genesis 49:10)
3. Manner of Birth (Isaiah 7:14)
5. Manner of Death (Psalm 22:16)
6. People’s Reactions
In Jesus every one of these was fulfilled exactly! You might say, “but that’s only eight things.” Those aren’t all of them. In the life of Jesus there are
over 300 fulfilled Old Testament Prophecies!
But just considering those eight and all the variables that might occur within those eight, Professor Peter Stoner in His book, “Science Speaks” writes…
“We find the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies in 1 in 1017 (that’s 17 zeros after the one). In order to help us understand this staggering probability if we took 1 in 1017 silver dollars and put them on the face of the state of Texas they would cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of those silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man.”
Imagine what the odds would have been if we considered all 300 fulfilled prophecies and remember these are only the prophecies concerning the Messiah. The Bible has hundreds and hundreds of other fulfilled prophecies to its credit.
It is truly a divinely inspired book!
Let’s look at a little more if it.
In Mark 1:35-45 we read….
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. 43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
Answer these questions:
- What time of day did Jesus pray? (Mark 1:35)
- When the man with leprosy asked is Jesus was willing to heal him, what did Jesus say? (Mark 1:41)
- What did the man with leprosy do after Jesus healed him? (Mark 1:45)
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