March 9, 2019

Against the Odds - John 7:40-42

The odds, it has been calculated, that any other man could fulfill all of these and all the other prophetic claims about Jesus are as impossible as these odds that you could fill the solar system with golf balls and mark one golf ball with a red dot then ask a golfer with a blindfold on to go out and swing and hit the red dot ball on the first swing.

Family Discussions:

  1. What do Jesus' fulfilled prophecies tell you about your faith?
  2. What difference does today's devotional make in your life and your belief system today?
  3. How else can we be sure that Jesus is who he said he was when he claimed to be God?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 You know, we often use the word awesome and amazing. Well, I'm gonna tell you something today. This is awesome. This, this is amazing. We're in John chapter seven, verse 40 through 42, and it says this, "On hearing his word, some of the people said, 'Surely this man is the prophet.' Others said, 'He is the Christ.' Still, others asked, 'How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the scripture say that Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the place where David lived?'"

00:46 Listen, the men of the Bible lived by what the Old Testament said. So check this out. Josh McDowell is one of the most intelligent men I know, and he's a whole lot of fun. He wrote a book called "The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict." And Josh pointed out from his research that during the thousand or more years that the Old Testament was written before Jesus' birth, several hundred specific prophetic details are given that accurately predict the birth, the life, the death, and the resurrection of the Messiah who was to come.

01:17 Here's just a few of the following prophecies that give interesting details of Jesus' coming, as I've gotten from Josh's book. First of all, it says that he would be born of a virgin - Isaiah 7:14. That was fulfilled in Matthew chapter one. It says he'd come from the family line of Jesse in Isaiah chapter 11. That was fulfilled in Luke chapter three. It said he'd be from the House of David - Jeremiah 23:5. That was fulfilled in Luke chapter three. It says he'd be born in Bethlehem in Micah 5:2. That was fulfilled in Matthew 2:1. He would be preexistent, Micah 5:2 says. That was fulfilled in Colossians. He shall be called Emmanuel, Isaiah 7:14 says. That was fulfilled in Matthew chapter one. He would be proceeded by a messenger. Sound familiar? Isaiah 40:3 says. That was fulfilled in Matthew chapter three. His ministry would begin in Galilee,

02:08 Isaiah nine said. That was fulfilled in Matthew chapter four. He would be sold or betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, Zechariah 11 and 12 said. That's fulfilled in Matthew 26. His hands and feet would be pierced. A thousand years before the crucifixion, 800 years before the crucifixion was even invented, it says in Psalms chapter 22 that his hands and his feet would be pierced.

02:36 You know what? The odds, it has been calculated, that any other man could fulfill all of these and all the other prophetic claims about Jesus are as impossible as these odds that you could fill the solar system with golf balls and mark one golf ball with a red dot then ask a golfer with a blindfold on to go out and swing and hit the red dot ball on the first swing. It's crazy to imagine, but so it is with any other man fulfilling all 300 prophecies as being the true Jesus of the Bible. He must be Lord and God.

03:22 Here's the questions for the day. What do Jesus' fulfilled prophecies tell you about your faith? And then secondly, what difference does today's devotional make in your life and your belief system today? And then lastly, how else can we be sure that he is who he said he was when he claimed to be God? And here's the lifeline. If you have a difficult task today, know that if you're a believer that the only one, the only Jesus of prophecy, lives in your heart, and it's he who can do his work through you.

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