351 Old Testament Prophecies perfectly fulfilled In Jesus Christ.
What are the odds?
Answer; Its 1 to the 10th power= 10000000000 to 1
In Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of man is?”
The wide range of opinions, speculations, assumptions , even shots in the dark really have not changed much in 2000 years!
Jesus face has graced the cover of most major leading magazines in the world. More has been written about Jesus then any single person in human history yet he still remains thee most mysterious, controversial, and polarizing figure in human history.
We don't have to look any further then Matthew 16 to understand why! Verse 15-16 explains it “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
There it is! A thermonuclear statement that would forever transform the landscape of human history.
Peter was the first! but untold millions have followed, receiving the very same life altering revelation when Jesus said; blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven !
My wife's favorite movie of all times is the "10 commandments" with Charlton Heston playing Moses.
Of course the movie comes from the story recorded in Exodus 3. Moses was standing before a fiery burning bush on mount Sinai. God told Moses I'm sending you back to Egypt to deliver my people out of slavery!
When Moses with knees knocking and voice trembling asked God; what is your name and who should I say sent me? God's answer was! Tell them "I AM" sent you. meaning I am the eternal , eternally unchangeable, I have no past, no future yet I am eternal present, self existing, self-sufficient.
So when Jesus said this in John 8:24, 58 " For unless you believe that (I AM) you will die in your sin, and before Abraham was I AM!"
That statement infuriated the religious and political leaders of that day and from that point on they conspired to put Jesus to death.
Unknowingly they were playing right into God's eternal redemptive plan! (see below)
As I'm writing this my thoughts are drawn to a historical story that we celebrate yearly yet sadly so few comprehend its magnitude!
Luke 1:26-33 God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
mysterious, controversial, and polarizing absoluetly!
Jesus also said this about himself; I AM the bread of life, I AM the light of the world, I AM the good shepard , I AM the resurrection and the life, I AM THE way, the truth, and the life!
The world beheld the most extraordinay things human eyes have ever witnessed! He raised the dead! healed the lame , opened blind eyes and deaf ears! walked on water, feed 5000 with a couple fish and a few loaves of bread.
But the most shocking! amazing! historical fact is that Jesus himself made a preplanned personal sacrifical offering of his life on the cross! (There it is from above mention, Gods eternal redemptive plan at work) He said his eternal planned purpose was to restore, save, rescue lost humanity from its terminal condition, and permanent seperation from God.
Jesus perfectly satisfied Gods justice making it possible for you and I to receive Gods mercy!
Jesus did the impossible by rising again from the dead three days after His death. He single-handedly destroyed the power that death held as the final word. Jesus said for those who would receive, except and fully embrace his free will offering! "eternal Life"
I end my first blog with this very personal question?
Matthew 16 :15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?
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