A 740 year old prophecy was fulfilled when the follower of Christ known as Matthew, wrote the history of the birth of Jesus Christ. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us)”. Jesus’ birth was the beginning of the end.
Shortly after the world was created the relationship God had with the human race and the creation was marred. Instead of a Garden of Eden, the earth became a place of pain. God’s perfect creation was blemished by selfishness, greed, and the lust for power. Men and women no longer lived in a place of plenty, but a place filled with poverty. Poverty not in the scarcity of material things, but in the brokenness of the foundational relationships humans have with God, others, themselves and the rest of creation according to Corbett and Fikkert in their book “When Helping Hurts”. All of creation groaned for restoration. Centuries later Jesus’ birth marked the beginning of the end of this epoch.
His birth was merely one of the many prophecies concerning Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of the world. In his book “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” Josh McDowell states that the chance that any man could fulfill even eight of the major prophecies that Jesus did are 1 in 10 to the 17th power; that is, one in 100,000,000,000,000,000. These prophecies concerned things such as where he would be born, to whom, his genealogical lineage, and by whom he would be betrayed.
In order to help us comprehend these staggering odds, suppose we take this many silver dollars (10 to the 17th power) and lay them on the face of Texas. This many silver dollars would cover the entire state two feet deep in coins. Now imagine that one of those silver dollars was painted red. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel anywhere in the state he wants to, and pick up one silver dollar by the end of the day. Keep in mind that traveling at seventy miles per hour; he could not drive across Texas in a day. His chances of getting the marked silver dollar are approximately the same as a person fulfilling eight major prophecies of the Messiah by chance.
Now, consider that Jesus fulfilled forty-eight prophecies. The odds that any one man fulfilled all forty-eight by chance are 10 to the 157th power. There is no practical way even to illustrate that number. Max Anders in his book “Jesus” said that there is about as good a chance of a tornado going through a junk yard and assembling a perfect automobile.
When we look at the fulfilled prophecies in the life of Christ, the Bible becomes a very convincing book, and Jesus becomes a very convincing Messiah, whose purpose is to restore humankind’s broken relationships with God, others, themselves, and the rest of creation. Jesus began the healing process when He first came to earth. His birth is celebrated as Christmas, the beginning of the end. He will complete the process of restoration at His Second Coming, the end of the beginning.
Don’t give up when life is heavy. God is at work—for you!