THURSDAY — Jesus proved the Bible is true—case closed!
Big Point: The fact that Jesus fulfilled many Old Testament prophesies and persistently proclaimed that the scripture is true is evidence that the Bible is true.
How often do you find yourself trying to predict what’s going to happen in a movie? Do you find you are one of those people who try to work out in your mind what will happen next? Or, do you find that you are, well, let’s say, somewhat on the obnoxious side, always asking questions during the movie to the person next to you about what will happen next? And, if you are like most, you want to know whether a movie is based on a true story and whether all the accounts in the story are true. In the Old Testament, many predictions were made of what would happen—they were known as prophesies and they were written hundreds upon hundreds of years ago. And, you can best believe, there were many who wanted to know if these prophesies ever came true. Well, they did.
In fact, Peter Stoner, Professor of Mathematics, among other professions, decided to do an experiment that wound up in a book that discussed biblical prophesies entitled “Science Speaks.” He decided to look at only eight prophesies. After looking at all the evidence, he found that the probability of only eight prophesies being fulfilled in Jesus is one-in-ten to the seventeenth power. Let’s just say that’s a lot of zeros! To put this in laymen’s terms, that’s like taking a quintillion Oreo cookies, spreading them over the entire state of Texas over two feet deep. Take the cream-filled center out of one then place it back in the pile. Then walk the entire state of Texas blindfolded to find that one “center-less” cookie. You think you could find it? Not likely! (Watch this fun clip to learn more: http://vimeo.com/2143938)
Based on the research above, it doesn’t seem probable that Jesus could fulfill those eight prophesies, but he did—time and time again as you will read below.
READ and THINK…What does the Bible say?
Read the following prophesies and the Old and New Testament references. Then, write out a few prophesies you were unaware of before now.
OT PROPHECY & NT FULLFILLMENT
Born of a Virgin
Born in Bethlehem
Anointed by the Spirit
Rides Triumphantly on Donkey
Betrayed By Friend
Silent Before Accusers
Beaten and Spat Upon
Cast Lots for Clothing
Crucified With Criminals
Given Vinegar to Drink
Forsaken By God
Pierced For Our Sins
His Bones Will Not Be Broken
The Day Turns Dark
He Will Rise Again
Prophecies yet to be fulfilled:
The following prophesies have yet to be fulfilled: 1 Thessalonians 4;16-17, Revelations 19:11-16 and Revelations 7:9-12. Take the time to look up these scriptures and write out the prophesy.
- Thessalonians 4:16-17:
- Revelation 19:11-16:
- Revelation 7:9-12:
LIVE…What will you do now?
Jesus emphatically declared that the Old Testament was indestructible down to the smallest of Hebrew letters as noted in Matthew 5:18 … “not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the law, until all is accomplished.” How about you—do you emphatically declare that the Bible is indestructible? Do you have any doubts about the Old Testament or the New Testament? Explain.
Do you struggle believing that the prophesies discussed above were made and actually came true? If so explain.
Why are fulfilled prophecies so important for us to know? Write out the prophesy that has inspired you most in your Christian walk. Describe why and how it has helped you and how often you use it as a means to strengthen your faith.
Considering all that you have learned in the past two days, suppose someone asked you why you believe the Bible is true. How would you respond?
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know & do?
Ask God to help you learn, understand and retain the prophesies that were made so many years ago and how they were fulfilled in the New Testament. Ask God to help you do this to not only strengthen your faith but to also strengthen others.