How can we be certain that Jesus is the Messiah?

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The Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah to come were so specific and so clearly fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth that both Jesus and apostles used these prediction to prove to the Jews that Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah. There are more than 125 Messianic prophecies. Let’s list just 12 of them:

ProphecyOld Testament ScriptureNew Testament Fulfillment
1.Born in BethlehemMicah 5:2Matthew 2:1
2.Born of a virginIsaiah 7:14Matthew 1:18-23
3.Of David’s lineageJeremiah 23:5Revelation 22:16
4.Attempted murder by HerodJeremiah 31:15Matthew 2:16-18
5.Betrayal by a friendPsalms 41:9John 13:18, 19, 26
6.Sold for 30 silver coinsZechariah 11:12Matthew 26:14-16
7.CrucifiedZechariah 12:10John 19:16-18, 37
8.Lots cast for His clothesPsalms 22:18Matthew 27:35
9.No bones brokenPsalms 34:20 Exodus 12:46John 19:31-36
10.Buried in rich man’s tombIsaiah 53:9Matthew 27:57-60
11.Year, day, hour of His deathDaniel 9:26, 27 Exodus 12:6Matthew 27:45-50
12.Raised the third dayHosea 6:2Acts 10:38-40

By His life, ministry, death and resurrection, Jesus showed the world that He is the Messiah the Son of God that came to save the world (John 3:16).

Dr. Peter Stoner, former chairman of the departments of mathematics, astronomy, and engineering at Pasadena College California, worked with 600 students for several years applying the “principle of probability” to the predictions of the Messiah’s first coming. They selected only eight from the many clear ones and finally decided the odds of all eight being fulfilled in one person in a lifetime is one in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

What would be the chances on the more than 125 prophecies of the Messiah?

It couldn’t just happen! Jesus is indeed the Messiah.

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