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"Jesus, Our Odd's On Favorite"

 "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…" 

1 Corinthians 15:1-6 (NKJV) 

Would you trust someone who could predict the future with 100% accuracy even hundreds of years before the events occurred? And not just His future but yours and mine too! I would hope so as that is exactly what God has done when He gave us the Bible, God's Word. Are you aware that the Bible is filled with prophecy that reveals to us history in advance? God wants us to trust Him and He gives us His Word that He can be trusted. The Word of God proves that everything God says will absolutely come to pass in His perfect time. 

Peter W. Stoner and Robert C. Newman wrote a book entitled Science Speaks. Their book was based on "the science of probability" and the odds of any one man in all of history fulfilling just eight of the 60 major prophecies fulfilled by the life of Jesus Christ. The probability that Jesus of Nazareth could have fulfilled even eight such prophecies would be only 1 in 1017. That's 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. 

The authors claim that that if you took 100,000,000,000,000,000 silver dollars you could cover the entire state of Texas two feet deep. I've been there and Texas is a very big state. The chances of Jesus Christ fulfilling just eight of the prophecies concerning His virgin birth would be like covering the state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars then marking one of them somewhere in the pile and then taking a man and blindfolding him and asking him to find the marked silver dollar on his first attempt. The odds of him finding that marked silver dollar the authors calculated would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. Impossible odds for man but not for God. 

Jesus told His disciples things that had to just boggle their minds and yet He did so to increase their faith in Him as the promised Messiah, to learn to trust His Word in that everything Jesus would say came to pass exactly as He said it would. Consider Matthew 21:1-4, "Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet…" Can you imagine the look on their faces when they saw that donkey with a colt tied to her? 

I would have loved to listen to Peter and what he must have been thinking as he made his way down to the shore at Jesus request in Matthew 17:24-27, "When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?" He said, "Yes." And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?" Peter said to Him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you." Can you imagine the look on Peter's face as he pulled in this fish and finding a coin in its mouth? How fast do you think he ran back on his return? 

Yet to me, the most amazing statement Jesus ever made was to the religious Jews in John 2:19-22, "Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" But He was speaking of the temple of His body. Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said." Nothing tops someone saying they were going to be killed but three days later they would rise from the dead. Only God could do that and the Good News of the Gospel is He did! 

You can trust God's Word, loved one. Everything, and I mean everything Jesus said would come to pass already has or is still yet to happen soon. Know this today, friend, the odds are with you not against you if Jesus is the Lord of your life. You can trust Him to fulfill His Word concerning you. Put your hope in Jesus, rest in His promises and obey His commands as He has your best interest in mind. Remember that Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly! I like the odd's of Jesus Words coming true! Don't you? 

"And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!" 

Mark 9:7 


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Tuesday, 23 October 2018