Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School
The wonder of the lights and the magic of Christmas are all around us this time of year. It’s Tricia’s favorite time of the year and her decorations are beautiful.
As fascinating as all the sights and sounds may be, as believers this is a time of the year when we think about the power of prophecies fulfilled in the Gospels. Think about it this way …
Mathematically speaking, the odds of the Old Testament prophecy describing the birth of Jesus coming to fruition are nearly impossible!
The math professors put it this way:
- The chances of 1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies? 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.
- The chances of 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power.
- The chances of 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies? Only Jesus!
The Prophet Micah lived in the eighth century B.C. and described a wonderful future in which the city of Bethlehem would see the birth of a ruler greater than David.
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past (Micah 5:2).”
And then we see the prophecy fulfilled in the Gospels. “Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod (Matthew 2:1).”
And so, this Christmas season we rejoice because “unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).”
Wishing all of our families a very Merry Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.