‘…that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled…’ Matthew 26:56 NIV
The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus fulfilled no less than 29 different Old Testament prophecies. The odds of that happening are virtually impossible! Mathematician Peter Stoner has a graphic example similar to this: suppose New South Wales was covered in dollar coins half a metre deep. One of the coins has a mark on it. What is the probability that a blindfolded person could, on their first attempt, select that exact coin? That’s the likelihood of just eight prophecies being fulfilled in one lifetime. However Jesus fulfilled 29 of them in one day! Let’s look at some of the prophecies He fulfilled: (1) ‘…They pierced My hands and…feet.’ (Psalm 22:16 NKJV) (2) ‘They divide My garments…and…cast lots.’ (Psalm 22:18 NKJV) (3) ‘…in that day…I will make the sun go down at noon, and…darken the earth in…daylight.’ (Amos 8:9 NKJV) Jesus predicted both His death and His resurrection. He told His critics, ‘…"Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."…the temple He had spoken of was His body.’ (John 2:19-21 NIV) Jesus pre knew every event, including Judas’ betrayal, the high priest’s hypocrisy and Peter’s denial – and didn’t stop them. Why? ‘That the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.’ So you can trust your Bible because it’s true. And something else is true too. God is ‘…able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…’ (Ephesians 3:20 NIV) Note the words ‘immeasurably more’. What seems impossible to you at the moment is all in a day’s work for Him. So start trusting Him to work on your behalf.
SoulFood: 2 Chr 5-7, Luke 14:25-35, Ps 119:81-88, Pr 21:17-19
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