The Odds Against Christmas

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our s for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

How exactly does Christmas fit into the whole Bible story? Sometimes it helps to step back and take a look at the big picture. Here it is in a nutshell.

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We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.

Ever wonder when the end will come and what it will be like? I do, approximately every 0.8 seconds.

Here’s what Jesus says. I humbly suggest that you carefully and prayerfully read each word. We’ve reviewed this together before but this time we bolded his key commands to make ’em easier to spot:

Jesus on the Future

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It’s Jesus’ final week on earth. He and his disciples were leaving the temple, which prompted this conversation:

One of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another, every one will be thrown down.”

Later, as Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew came to him him privately. They asked him when this would happen and what the sign would be of “his coming and of the end of the age.”

Jesus’ response blew their minds and still boggles theologians today. Few people have read this critically important passage — known as the Olivet Discourse — all the way through in one sitting. Don’t be one of those people. Please read it right now, asking the Spirit to help you dive deeeeeply into each word:

Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection

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After healing the demon-possessed boy, Jesus took his disciples and withdrew from the crowds so that he could teach them. He started by again predicting his coming death and resurrection:

OT Week: The BIG Picture

Yesterday, we kicked off OLD TESTAMENT WEEK here on GUWG.

Here’s a SparkNotes (or CliffsNotes for those of you who may be a bit old school like me) version of the OT …

Act 1: Creation
God creates Adam and Eve. They hang out in the Garden. All is good.

What Are the Odds?

1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000?

According to mathematicians, those are the odds Jesus beat when he fulfilled dozens of detailed prophecies about Him in the Old Testament. Pretty impressive when you consider that the odds of getting hit by lightning during your lifetime are 1 in 5,000.

What were some of those prophecies?

  • The Messiah would be born in tiny little Bethlehem (predicted about 700 B.C. in Micah 5:2).
  • His hands and feet would be pierced (predicted in Psalm 22:16 — 800 years before the Romans even started practicing crucifixion).
  • He would be betrayed for thirty silver coins that would be scattered on the temple floor and later used to buy a potter’s field (Zechariah 11:11-13).
  • He would be on the scene while the temple was still standing in Jerusalem — pretty amazing given that the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. and never rebuilt (Malachi 3:1).
  • He would be born to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).

That’s merely a sampling of the many prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. Coincidence? Accident? Myth? You decide.

DON’T BET AGAINST JESUS