“That the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Mt 26:56 NIV
The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus fulfilled no less than twenty-nine different Old Testament prophecies. The odds of that happening are virtually impossible! Mathematician Peter Stoner explains it this way: “If you were to cover the state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars, then on one, place a mark. What is the probability that a blindfolded person could, on their first attempt, select that dollar? That’s the likelihood of just eight prophecies being fulfilled in one lifetime. And Jesus fulfilled twenty-nine of them in one day!” Let’s look at some of the prophecies He fulfilled: (1) “They pierced My hands and… feet” (Ps 22:16 NKJV). (2) “They divide my garments…and…cast lots” (Ps 22:18 NKJV). (3) “In that day…I will make the sun go down at noon, and…darken the earth in…daylight” (Am 8:9 NKJV). Jesus predicted both His death and His resurrection. He told His critics, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days…the temple he had spoken of was his body” (Jn 2:19-21 NIV). Jesus orchestrated every event, including Judas’ betrayal, the high priest’s hypocrisy, and Peter’s denial. Why? “That the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” So you can trust your Bible because it’s true. And something else is true too. God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Eph 3:20 NIV). Note the words “immeasurably more.” What seems impossible to you at the moment, is all in a day’s work for Him. So start trusting Him to work on your behalf.