This is a series I wrote about 2 years ago and because there has been such an attack in the media concerning who He is, I thought it would good to post it again.
Jesus. Just the mention of His name either offends or brings peace. Who is He, this one who lived a short 33 years on the earth and yet impacted this world more than any other? A recent Time Magazine poll asked, which person had the most impact person of the 20th century. Overwhelmingly the people voted for Jesus. It became so lopsided that Time had to exclude His name putting in the stipulation that the poll concerned only those who lived in the 20th century. He has affected this world so much that history is really His story. His name has become a curse on he lips of many and yet at the same time many speak blessings in His name. Some will do everything to stamp out His name and yet others are willing to die rather than renounce Him as their Savior. Some say He was a good man who wanted to bring peace. Others say he was a madman or meant to con people.
Today we have such a wide opinion about who He is. The Mormons say He and satan are brothers and were born on another world. The Jehovah’s witnesses say He is the Arch Angel Michael. The Muslims say He was a prophet of Allah. Some say he was a wise man like Buddha or Confucius. Some groups even say He was an alien from another world. Jesus Himself even asked the question of His disciples. In the Bible in Matthew 16:13-17 it says; "When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" "Well," they replied, "some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets."Then He asked them, "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being."
Whoever you are, you can’t take a middle ground on who He is. He is either a blessing to you or a curse. He is either your Savior or just another man. Who Jesus is, is spiritually discerned but there are certain truths and facts that we will investigate that will reveal That He was just who He said He was.
Prophecy is defined as a prediction of the future made under Devine inspiration. In the Old Testament of the Bible there are 456 prophecies concerning the coming of Jesus. The probabilities of one person fulfilling every one of these prophecies is unbelievable. A few of those prophecies are as follows;
He would be born of a virgin. Isaiah14:7 – fulfilment – Matthew 1:8,
He would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 – fulfilment – Matthew 2:4-8,
King Herod’s attempt to kill Him, Jeremiah 31:15 – fulfilment – Matthew 2:16,
The ministry of John the Baptist, Isaiah 40:3 – fulfilment – John 1:23,
He would enter Jerusalem on a donkey, Zechariah 9:9 – fulfilment – Luke 19:35-37,
He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, Zechariah 11:12 – fulfilment – Matthew 26:15,
He would be crucified on a cross, Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53:12 – fulfilment – Matthew 27:38,
His resurrection from the dead, Psalm 16:10 – fulfilment – Acts 2:3.
In 1969, Professor Peter Stoner of Westmon College had 600 hundred students work on the probabilities of just 8 prophecies being fulfilled by one person. The students carefully weighed all the factors, discussed each prophecy at length, and examined the various circumstances which might indicate that men had conspired together to fulfill a particular prophecy. They made their estimates conservative enough so that there was finally unanimous agreement even among the most sceptical students. But then Professor Stoner took their estimates and made them even more conservative. He also encouraged other skeptics or scientists to make their own estimates to see if his conclusions were more fair.
Finally, he submitted his figures for review to a Committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. Upon examination, they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate in regard to scientific material presented. After examining eight different prophecies, they conservatively estimated that the chance of one man fulfilling all eight prophecies was one in 10 to the 17th power or a figure with 17 zeros!
To illustrate this imagine the state of Texas being covered in dollar coins over 2 feet deep which is the amount of coins equalling the probability of the 8 prophecies being fulfilled and then asking a blindfolded man to go in and find the one coin that was different from all the others. The chances of him finding it on the first try are almost impossible.
But of course there are many more than eight prophecies. In another calculation Stoner used 48 prophecies and arrived at the extremely conservative estimate that the probability of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person is 10 to 157th power.
How large is the number one in 10 to the 157th power? It contains 157 zeros!
The probability of one person fulfilling all 456 prophecies is a staggering, and yet Jesus fulfilled them all!
("The Case for Jesus the Messiah" (by John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon and Dr. Walter C. Kaiser), page 18-20: )
Who is Jesus? Prophecy proves that He was who He said he was. Only one being has the ability to bring about every prophecy, and that is God Himself. You must make the choice to believe or not.
Part II will be posted in a couple of days.