Probability Vs. Certainty

Adapted from a letter mailed to my family in March 2004.

My dear family,

Another week has come to an end. Well almost to an end. It is Friday night in Texas.  You guys know that I have a new job and the commute is a little over an hour each way. It is a great time to listen to books on tape. My church pastor loaned me a series entitled “The Case for Christ” by Lee Stroebel. It is pretty interesting. There are eight tapes all told. I listen to a side going to work and the other side coming home.

Tonight the narrator spoke about prophesy in the Bible. In this discussion Mr. Stroebel interviewed a Messianic Jew about how he came to know Christ. The ‘formerly’ Jewish man said he started reading the Old Testament purposely looking for the prophesies that dealt with the Messiah. He said he found 48 prophecies and studied them closely. Each of the 48 are directly related to Jesus being the Jewish Messiah. Each prophesy has come to pass.

What are the odds that 48 prophesies about Christ could come to pass?

The man had the opportunity and experience to develop the probability of just one man being the subject of the just these 48 known prophesies. The probability as a ratio is staggering. The probability moves from chance to certainty.  The Jewish man offered this example:

Take one silver dollar and paint it red. Cover the state of Texas in silver dollars two feet deep. Blindfold a person and set them loose in the state to find the red silver dollar. What is the probability that person will find the painted coin?

Those are the odds that a man other than Jesus could be the Messiah! Astronomical odds? They are, but each prophecy concerning Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, our Savior has come to pass except the last one. And, it is equally certain He will return.

Here is a small example.

Isaiah 7:13, 14
Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well? “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

There is this:

Matthew 1:20-25
But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”  And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

What is the probability?  The Bible is True. It is God’s Word to us.  To believers it is not a probability.  Christ Jesus is our Savior.  He is a certainty.

There is more. Visit this link and study each for yourself. Don’t take their word or mine.

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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