What would you think of a judge who passed sentence without examining the evidence? You may reasonably say, “Not a very good judge!”
It’s reasonable to ask, “How can anyone make a right judgment without first examining the evidence?” The truth is no one can, and that’s why concerning the most important question “Why am I here?” we must examine the evidence for the meaning and purpose of life.
The evidence for God is all around us – but His word the Bible gives us overwhelming evidence for its truth.
Bible prophecies foretold in detail the persecution and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
1. That Jesus would be betrayed by a friend was prophesied in Psalm 41:9 about 1000 years before it happened, in 1000 BC.
2. That Jesus would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver was prophesied in Zechariah 11:12-13 about 500 years before it happened.
3. That Jesus would be spat upon and beaten was prophesied in Isaiah 50:6 about 700 years before it happened.
4. That Jesus would be silent before his accusers was prophesied in Isaiah 53:7 about 700 years before it happened
5. That God’s servant would die for our sins was prophesied in Isaiah 53:4-6 about 700 years before it happened.
6. The fact that Jesus would be pierced was prophesied by Zechariah 12:10 about 700 years before it happened.
7. That Jesus would be “numbered with transgressors” was prophesied in Isaiah 53:12 about 700 years before it happened.
8. That God’s servant would be buried in a rich man’s tomb was prophesied in Isaiah 53:9 about 700 years before it happened.
Professor Stoner and his students examined these eight prophecies according to the science of probability. The chance of ONE Man fulfilling ALL 8 prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. How BIG is that number??
If you covered the ENTIRE state of TEXAS with silver dollars, then dropped in a single marked dollar? And then mixed them all up? Your chance of finding that marked dollar, on your FIRST try, WEARING A BLINDFOLD would be 1 in 10 to the 17th power. This very large number is: 10,000,000,000,000,000.
Isn’t it amazing? God came to earth in human form to save you and me. To redeem us from the sin that separated us from God.
Peter the great Apostle of Christ preached on the day of Pentecost and this was part of his message: “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do to be saved?”
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2: 36-39)
The righteousness that is by faith says: “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:8-10)