How do we know that Jesus was the same man prophecied about in the Old Testament?

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God gives us enough evidence to base our faith in. Jesus performed miracles of healing and raised the dead as evidence of His power. The power to transform a sinner into saint is another evidence of the supernatural power that Jesus gives His children once they choose to follow Him.

And to build our faith in the Bible God gave us prophecies. Bible prophecy tells us what will happen in the future . Only God knows the future. The Bible has over 20% prophecies. No other religious book contains prophecy. The Old Testament predictions of the Messiah to come were so specific and so clearly fulfilled by Jesus.

There are more than 125 of prophecies about the Messiah. Let’s review just 12 of them:

Prophecy Old Testament Scripture New Testament Fulfillment
1. Born in Bethlehem Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1
2. Born of a virgin Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18-23
3. Of David’s lineage Jeremiah 23:5 Revelation 22:16
4. Attempted murder by Herod Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:16-18
5. Betrayal by a friend Psalms 41:9 John 13:18, 19, 26
6. Sold for 30 silver coins Zechariah 11:12 Matthew 26:14-16
7. Crucified Zechariah 12:10 John 19:16-18, 37
8. Lots cast for His clothes Psalms 22:18 Matthew 27:35
9. No bones broken Psalms 34:20; Exodus 12:46 John 19:31-36
10. Buried in rich man’s tomb Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60
11. Year, day, hour of His death Daniel 9:26, 27; Exodus 12:6 Matthew 27:45-50
12. Raised the third day Hosea 6:2 Acts 10:38-40

 

Dr. Peter Stoner, former chairman of the departments of mathematics, astronomy, and engineering at Pasadena College (California), conducted research for several years applying the “principle of probability” to the prophecies of the Jesus’ coming. He used  just eight prophecies and showed that the chances of all eight being fulfilled in one man in a lifetime is one in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

What would the odds be on the more than 125 prophecies of the Messiah? It couldn’t happen!

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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