The Greatest Prophecies of the Bible
Those About Jesus
17 "Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. 18 I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God's law will remain until its purpose is achieved. NLT
This message was preached October 19, 2003 at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at ToulonBaptist.com
If you have been to church very much in your life then you know quite a bit about Jesus.
But do you know that many things about the life of Jesus were foretold hundreds of years before He was born?
Floyd Hamilton wrote a book in which he shows that the OT contains over 330 distinct predictions which were literally fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
In his book Evidences that Demand a Verdict, Josh McDowell list 61 distinct predictions made in the OT that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
That is still to many to cover in a message so we will focus on just 8.
- The Prophesies
- Jesus is to be born in Bethlehem
- Micah 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."
- Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
- Bethlehem was no large city but a small insignificant village among hundreds like it in Judah.
- When the prophet said Bethlehem he excluded thousands of others.
- He would be proceeded by a Messenger
- Isaiah 40:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.
- Matthew 3:1,2 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
- All of John's life was aimed for this since before he was born.
- How could you arrange someone to be born six months before yourself.
- Had Jesus just showed up on the scene this prophecy would not have come to pass.
- He will enter Jerusalem on a donkey
- Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
- Luke 19:35-37 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
- Jesus had been to Jerusalem many times but never on a donkey before.
- As matter of fact He did not own one but had to borrow one.
- He would be betrayed by a friend
- Psalm 41:9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
- Matthew 10:4 . . . Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
- How do you arrange to have a friend betray you.
- It had never occurred to any but Judas.
- He was to be sold for 30 pieces of silver
- Zechariah 11:12 Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
- Matthew 26:15 and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
- How would you arrange the price of your betrayal.
- What if it had been 29 or 31
- What if they had paid him in gold instead of silver.
- What happened to the money
- Zechariah 11:13 And the Lord said to me, "Throw it to the potter"--that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord for the potter.
- Matthew 27:5,7 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple . . . 7 And they consulted together and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
- Judas fulfilled the first part of this and the Jewish leader fulfilled the other.
- He tried to undo what he had done but they were not interested in that.
- So Judas threw the money into the temple at their feet.
- They were so conscious of right and wrong that they knew they could not take blood money and return it to the treasure from which it was taken.
- So they decided to put it to good use by purchasing a potters field to bury strangers in.
- He would be dumb before His accusers
- Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
- Matthew 27:12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
- He would be crucified between two thieves
- Psalm 22:16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
- Luke 23:33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
- When this Psalm was written crucifixion had not even been invented as yet.
- The method of execution in Israel was by stoning.
- Several times in Jesus life they attempted to kill Him but not by crucifixion and they failed.
- Between two thieves
- Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
- Matthew 27:38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
- Why only two? The Roman's were accustom to putting large numbers to death at once. The spectacle of a large group dying in such a manner was quite intimidating.
- Or since Jesus was the prime target, why not alone.
- It is pretty hard to arrange the events that surround your execution.
- What are the odds
- Peter Stoner in Science Speaks
- Says that the probability of just those 8 passages being fulfilled in just one person down through the centuries is 1 to 1017. That is 10 followed by 17 zeros.
- Big numbers are hard to comprehend so to illustrate. He says this would be like taking that many silver dollars and putting them all over the state of Texas. They would be about 2 feet deep. Mark just one of them and then send a man in blindfolded and have him walk as far as he wants and pick up just one dollar. Those are the odds. Not too good are they.
- Stone calculated that the chances of fulfilling 48 of these predictions would be 1 in 10157
- Now the tell me that all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the world is about 7,500,000,000,000,000,000, that's a big number even for congress.
- Now they tell me that all the stars that we can see with even the most powerful telescope is twice the number of grains of sand in all the world including the Sahara Desert.
- To put some number on that according to Dr. Simon Driver the number of stars that we can see with the most powerful telescope is 7 x 1022 or 70 thousand million million million - 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
- That makes the number of grains of sand in all the world to be 3.5 x 1022
- So let us say that the next time the space shuttle goes up that we put one grain of on its wing and somewhere in the mission it falls off and comes back to earth. (This still wouldn't be quite right for I am told that in the Sahara Desert the sand might be hundreds of feet deep.
- Now if you send someone out to pick up just one grain of sand at night and then they pick it up and with the most powerful telescope holds it next to just one star in the heavens that those odds are only 2.4546
- Now why did God tell us all this before He brought it to pass?
- So that we might believe
- These predictions were not simply promises to give hope to a peop;le who needed it.
- They were given to give undeniable proof that there is a God and He has chosen to communicate with us
- To Get Our Attention
- God's message
- God loves us and wants us to have a relationship with Him.
- He wants us to know that our sin keeps that from happening.
- He wants us to know that He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die so that our sins can be forgiven.
- What shall our response be to that love?
- Shall we give it a half hearted welcome?
- Shall we waver in our affections?