We’d been talking. We agreed that if the evidence proved Jesus was real, then He was real whether anyone believed it or not. We had also agreed that how someone felt about Jesus really had nothing to do with the facts of reality.
Then we started our research. We learned that the answer to his question was that the odds of Jesus of Nazareth matching over 300 “hints” given hundreds of years before He came were . . . well, an unimaginable number. One chance in a septillion (that’s a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion)!!
Then my young friend asked, “So what were some of the Old Testament ‘hints’ that Jesus matched?” We went back to work.
Our Google searched turned up a list. “Okay,” I said, “I’ll read the prophecy, and you read the fulfillment given in the list, and how long before it happened. Will that work for you?”
He leaned closer to the computer screen. “Mmm . . . Okay.”
|Prophecy: The Messiah would be from the lineage of King David.
|Fulfillment: “Jesus … the son of David …”
Luke 3:23, 31
|Prophecy: The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.
|Fulfillment: “They gave him thirty pieces of silver.”
|Prophecy: The Messiah would have his hands and feet pierced.
1000 B.C. (Crucifixion was not even invented until 600 years later!)
|Fulfillment: “They came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there – Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side.”
|Prophecy: People would cast lots for the Messiah’s clothing.
|Fulfillment: “The soldiers . . . took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said, ‘Let’s not tear it but throw dice to see who gets it.’”
|Prophecy: The Messiah would appear riding on a donkey.
|Fulfillment: “They brought the animals to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.”
|Prophecy: A messenger would be sent to herald the Messiah.
|Fulfillment: John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know.”
After we finished, he leaned back and said, “Whoa . . .”
Then I remembered something to help him visualize the statistic about Jesus’ fulfillment of eight of the 300+ prophecies. “Do you know what a chance in 1017 power looks like?”
“No, just a lot of zeros.”
“Well, if you spent $20 every SECOND (that’s $1200 every minute), you wouldn’t run out of money for 158 1/2 Million years. And that’s just eight pieces of the puzzle, not the whole picture of over 300 pieces of prophecy.”
Again, he looked at the computer. “Whoa . . .”
I turned to look at him. I wanted him to really hear what I was about to say. “Here is what you would have to do to accomplish what Jesus did: Draw a picture of a snowflake. Then go to a swimming pool full of snow. Now put on a blindfold. Then reach in and find the one snowflake that matches your picture on the first try.1“
“No way!!” he laughed.
I laughed with him, then got serious. “That’s right. No way. That’s because you aren’t God.”
He stopped. He was on the verge of getting the point. I wanted to see his eyes when he got it.
“Jesus did it, and that’s because He IS God. Only there were 12 1/2 trillion pools of snowflakes. Jesus was like the one snowflake out of trillions of pools of snow that matched all the pieces in the puzzle-picture the prophets drew.”
I paused. And finally I saw it. His eyes grew wide and sparkled. Then he smiled.
“So what do you think? Was Jesus the real deal?” I asked.
The look on his face said it all. Then he whispered, “Yes!”
1 CALCULATION: METHOD
A cubic foot of snow contains 1 Billion snowflakes. http://www.livescience.com
An Olympic sized swimming pool is 88,263 cubic feet. http://www.livestrong.com
The odds of eight prophesies being fulfilled: 1017 = 80,263,000,000,000 snowflakes http://www.y-jesus.com
The odds of 300 prophesies being fulfilled in one person:
1 in a Septillion, Dr. Peter Stoner, Astronomer & Mathematician
1 Septillion divided by 80T flakes in one pool = 12.5 Trillion pools