Summary: God created the world in perfect order. When God sent His Son Jesus Christ to earth, 61 Messianic prophesies were fulfilled. What are the odds?
The 39 books of the Old Testament were written over the course of 1500 years, starting with the creation of the universe and ending about 400 years before the coming of Jesus Christ.
To better understand Jesus Christ, in God’s perfect process, I think it’s a good reminder to look at where he came from. In the Old Testament, there are 61 major Messianic prophesies and approximately 270 ramifications that were fulfilled in one person, Jesus Christ.
Author and Teacher Josh McDowell, in his book, “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” writes; The Christian Publishing Company of Denver offered $1000 to anyone who could find someone other than Jesus, living or dead, who fulfilled only half the predictions concerning the Messiah. No one has ever been able to find anyone throughout history and present day, other than Jesus.
Look at this example concerning the Messianic prophesies fulfilled, not 61, not half, but only 8. “We find that the chance of any man or woman might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all 8 prophesies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (17 zeros after the 1.) In order to comprehend this staggering probability, suppose we take 10 to the 17th power of silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now paint one silver dollar red and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but at some point he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have in getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophesies would have had in writing these 8 prophesies (only 8) and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them according to their own wisdom.” But they all came true in Jesus Christ.
In the ancestry of Jesus alone, prophesies are fulfilled. Let’s go back a few years.
Noah had 3 sons, Shem, Japeth and Ham. Today all the nations of the world can be traced back to these three men. In Genesis 9 and 10, God eliminated 2/3rds of them from the line of Messiahship. The Messiah will come through the lineage of Shem.
Continuing down, a descendant of Shem named Terah had 3 sons, Abram, Nahor and Haran. Once again, God eliminated 2/3rds of them and declared that the Messiah would be born through the lineage of Abram, later known as Abraham. Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Many of Abraham’s descendants were eliminated when God selected his second son Isaac. Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Many of Isaac’s descendants were eliminated when God chose his second son Jacob. In Genesis 28 we read that the Messiah will come through the lineage of Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons, who would become the twelve tribes of Israel. When God selected Jacob’s son Judah, He eliminated 11/12ths of the remaining descendants.
And with all the family lines within Judah’s tribe, Jessie was the divine choice. In Samuel we read that Jessie had 8 sons and God eliminated 7/8ths of Jessie’s family line and we see that the Messiah will come from the lineage of Shem, the race of the Jews, the line of Isaac, the line of Jacob, the tribe of Judah, the line of Jessie, but He will also be descended from Jessie’s youngest son, from the house of David.