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.

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

Act 2: The Fall
Adam and Eve decide to go their own way. Not good.

Act 3: The Plan
God puts in motion His plan to save mankind. All will be good again.

So, what’s the plan? God gave his people lots of clues in the form of prophecies uttered by guys with cool Bible names like Ezekiel, Isaiah, Elijah and many more. In fact, the Old Testament contained dozens and dozens of prophecies about God’s plan.

So, what exactly is the plan? Here it is in one word:

JESUS

Mathematicians have calculated the odds that Jesus beat when he fulfilled all the detailed Old Testament prophecies:

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Or, to put it another way, let’s say someone covered my entire home state of Wisconsin twelve feet deep with cheese balls and marked just one with an “X.” The odds that you could wander the state blindfolded and pick just the right cheese ball in one try are less than the odds Jesus overcame when he fulfilled all the messianic prophecies.

Here’s a mere sampling of some of the prophecies fulfilled by Jesus:

  • He would be born in tiny little Bethlehem.
  • He would be born to a virgin.
  • 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.
  • His hands and feet would be pierced (predicted 800 years before the Romans even started practicing crucifixion).
  • His killers would gamble for his clothes.
  • He would come back to life after death.

The bottom line?

DON’T BET AGAINST JESUS

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