Numbers

Don’t we all wish we could predict the future?

I know I do during March Madness as I fill out my brackets.  In past years, I had watched many of the regular season games and felt like I really knew which team was best and who was primed for an upset.  This year I did little research and hadn’t watched a game in its entirity all season, but still seem to doing OK.  Funny how that works.  But my bracket is far from perfect.

There were 11.57 million brackets filled out on ESPN.com.  Only 2 were perfect after 2 days of action.  None were perfect once Ohio St. lost to Arizona.  We couldn’t even make it through the end of the first weekend of the tournament with someone correctly predicting the outcome in all the games.

This got me thinking about all the prophecies Jesus fulfilled.  There are some amazing resources online about these staggering statistics.  I pulled my information from cbn.com (the link for the story is below)

It said that Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophecies.  That means things about Jesus were predicted hundreds of years before He came to earth, and yet He fulfilled them all.

The odds of someone fulfilling just 8 of the 300 prophecies is 1:10 to the 28th power.  That’s a 10 with 28 zeroes!

We can’t even comprehend the probability that someone could fulfill 300! I can barely fulfill my schedule for the day, much less things predicted years before.  It’s astounding!

Look at some of the promises made in the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled. (courtesy http://www.goodnewsdispatch.org/math.html)

Old Testament Prophecy New Testament Fulfillment Probability Christ to be born in Bethlehem
(Micah 5:2)
And Herod asked where Christ had been born … they answered Bethlehem
(Matt 2:4-6)
2.8 x 105 or 1 in 280,000 Forerunner of Christ
(Malachi 3:1)
John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ
(Mark 1:2-8)
1 x 103 or 1 in 1,000 Christ to enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey
(Zech 9:9)
Christ enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey
(Matt 21:4-11)
1 x 102 or 1 in 100 Christ to be betrayed by a friend
(Psalm 41:9)
Judas betrayed Jesus
(Luke 22:21)
1 x 103 or 1 in 1,000 Christ to be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver
(Zech 11:12)
Judas sold out Jesus for 30 pieces of silver
(Matt 26:15)
1 x 103 or 1 in 1,000 30 pieces of silver casted down and used to buy a potter’s field
(Zech 11:13)
30 pieces of silver used to buy a potter’s field
(Matt 27:3-10) 1 x 105 or 1 in 100,000 Although innocent, Christ kept silent when on trial
(Isaiah 53:7) Jesus kept silent when questioned
(Mark 14:60-61)
1 x 103 or 1 in 1,000 Christ crucified
(Psalm 22:16)
Jesus was crucified
(John 19:17, 18) 1 x 104 or 1 in 10,000

These numbers leave me speechless and the only thing that comes to mind is what the Centurion said when He witnessed the earthquake during the crucifixion and saw how Jesus endured the cross.  “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54)