What are the odds of Jesus being the Messiah? In this broadcast, Jeff Tobler walks us through eight prophecies that were fulfilled to prove that Jesus was and is the Son of God, the long awaited Messiah. Part 2 covers the two remaining prophecies.
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ANNC: Welcome to Eternal Promises, with your host and founder, Jeff Tobler. “Because all of the promises of God in Christ are Yes and in Him, AMEN!” (1 Corinthians 2:10) “And this is THE promise He’s promised us, even eternal life!” (1 John 2:25)
JEFF: Hi this is Jeff as part of one of the prophecies the probability that Christ could have fulfilled those prophecies. So I want you to the tune in tomorrow also to hear the remainder of the broadcast We’re going to go through prophecies one through six in this one, so stay tuned.
ANNC: To participate in the show we invite you to submit your question or comment online at EternalPromises.org/radio. And now, here’s your host, Jeff Tobler.
JEFF: Well thank you Scott. This is Jeff Tobler with Eternal Promises, and I want to welcome you to the program. The primary focus of Eternal Promises is to encourage you with this promise: 1 John 2:25 says, “And this is the promise God has promised us, even eternal life!… this is the promise God has promised us, even Eternal Life!”
Well today we’re going to focus on the eternal promise that declares that Christ, the Messiah, Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. You see the promise of eternal life comes through Jesus. John 14:6 says that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no man comes to the Father but through Him. Without Jesus we wouldn’t have the promise of eternal life.
So let’s review the promise we find in Matthew 2:6 which says:
”but you Bethlehem in the land of Judah are no poor relation or from your people will come a Ruler who will be the Shepherd of my people Israel.”
Interestingly, Matthew is quoting from an Old Testament prophet named Micah and that would be found in Micah 5:2. And what we want to discover today, is what is the probability of Jesus really being the Christ? There are many skeptics out there who, and I was one of them by the way, who would look at it and say well, okay, so someone has written that Jesus is the Christ or, as some of the atheist today would say, that Christ was made to be a God by the early church. Well, all of that is false and if we had the time to go through all the other arguments, we could do that and we may in future broadcasts; but, today we’re going to deal with eight prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. And we’re going to look at the probability of one man being able to fulfill all eight prophecies.
So let’s get started. We’re going to start with the first one that I just mentioned found in Micah 5:2. Here we go.
But you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, of the clans of Judah, are no poor relation—From your people will come a Ruler who will be the shepherd of My people, Israel, Whose origins date back to the distant past, to the ancient days.
Now, we’ll jump ahead to the New Testament where we find the fulfillment and it’s found in Matthew 2:6, but we’re going to go ahead and read the whole context starting at verse one. Here we go.
Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in the province of Judea, at the time when King Herod reigned. Not long after Jesus was born, magi, wise men or seers from the East, made their way from the East to Jerusalem. These wise men made inquiries.
They said, “Where is this newborn, who is the King of the Jews? When we were far away in the East we saw His star, and we have followed its glisten and gleam all this way to worship Him.”
King Herod began to hear rumors of the wise men’s quest, and he, and all of his followers in Jerusalem, were worried. So Herod called all of the leading Jewish teachers, the chief priests and head scribes, and he asked them where Hebrew tradition claimed the long-awaited Anointed One would be born. Well the scribes and priests said,” An ancient Hebrew prophet, Micah, said this: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are no poor relation—For from your people will come a Ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’”
Okay, so you have the Old Testament prophecy and you have the New Testament fulfillment of that prophecy being quoted by Matthew. What are the odds of Jesus fulfilling this prophecy? Let’s look into it. We’ve got the odds being 2.8 x 10 to the fifth or 1 in 280,000! Pretty astounding isn’t it?
Well let’s go on to the next prophecy. The prophecy of Christ’s announcement by John the Baptist being fulfilled. It starts in Malachi 3:1. Going like this:
“Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts.
That’s Malachi 3:1 and the other part of this prophecy is found in Isaiah 40:3. It says this:
The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight the paths of our God.”
Okay, well we find the New Testament fulfillment in Mark chapter 1:1-3
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.”
Now that’s Mark quoting Isaiah 40 and he goes on to quote Malachi:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’”
Well there you have it. The Old Testament prophecy and the New Testament fulfillment of Christ being declared by John the Baptist.
Well what are the odds of fulfilling this prophecy? Well, it’s 1 x 10 to the third or 1 in 1000. So it’s not as dramatic as the first one; but, it’s still pretty substantial.
Let’s go on to the third prophecy. This is Christ entering Jerusalem riding a donkey. This prophecy we’re going to go to the Old Testament in Zechariah, that’s a minor prophet, in chapter 9:9 and it goes like this:
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Proclaim it aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is righteous and saving, He is gentle and mounted upon a donkey, Even a young foal.
Okay, we’re going to go to Matthew 21. The actual fulfillment verse found in verse five but we’re going to read it in context.
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he sent them.” All of this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road;
Well, what are the odds of this prophecy being fulfilled? There 1 x 10 to the second or one in 100!
Let’s go on to the fourth prophecy which would’ve been Christ being betrayed by a friend. Now this, of course, refers to Judas betraying Jesus Christ. And we’re not going to have time to go through the whole setting there. Most of you are familiar with it. If you’re not, you can go through the Gospels and see what happened.
Okay, so this is about Judas betraying Jesus Christ. It has been prophesied that there would be someone who was a friend of the Messiah someone who is close to him. And Judas was; he was in the inner circle and yet betrayed Jesus Christ. So what are the odds of that being fulfilled? Well, the odds are 1 x 10 to the third or that would be one in 1000! The question is what is the probability, what are the odds of one man being able to fulfill all eight prophecies?
ANNC: Jeff will be back in just a moment to share some closing thoughts.
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JEFF: And so we’re going to go on to the fifth prophecy which would be that Christ was betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver. And that comes out of Zechariah 11:12. Now if you’ll remember, Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. What are the odds of that prophecy being fulfilled? Well, it’s 1 in 10 to the third or 1 in 1000 just like the last prophecy we had. Now it’s important to remember that this is an Old Testament prophecy written before the time of Jesus, before the time of Judas. This was written before anyone could have manufactured it and that’s verifiable.
So let’s move on to the sixth prophecy that was fulfilled. This is that 30 pieces of silver were cast down and used to buy a potters field. That’s in the New Testament; but, we can look back and see that this is prophesied in Zechariah 11:13. What are the odds of that being fulfilled? This is a very improbable fulfillment and this is 1 x 10 to the fifth or 1 in 100,000! This just doesn’t happen by means of people putting together these manuscripts years later and trying to work it out so that they can fool us in the future. You see these manuscripts were verifiably accurate before the time of Christ. We have the Dead Sea Scrolls corroborating that and much more manuscript evidence.
This is Jeff and we had to break this broadcast up into two segments. Tomorrow, you’re going to hear the second half. So stay tuned!
ANNC: You’ve been listening to Eternal Promises with your host and founder, Jeff Tobler. On behalf of all of us at Eternal Promises thank you for listening! And we encourage you to lay hold of God’s promises in you life today, by loving the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. Because all of the promises of God in Christ are YES, and in Him, AMEN.
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