Herald Journal Columns
Dec. 27, 2004 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

The Messiah - truth or myth?

By Rev. Robert Rupprecht, St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood

As we approach the season of Christmas, we immerse ourselves in shopping, preparations for parties, dinners, and myriads of activities that center themselves on the festivities and excitements of the season.

But how is our conviction of the event of the season? Is it just a story, or did it really happen?

As the centuries have passed, have we made the events of Christmas folklore, like Santa Claus, or was there really a baby? Was this baby truly the Messiah, God’s own Son?

As you search through the Bible, you’ll find many statements made about the coming of the Messiah, the “Promised One.” We are told by the prophets in the Old Testament that the infant would be a descendant of David; born in the city of David, Bethlehem; and that He would be the greatest King of Israel, with His own unique kingdom.

Others would search for this child, and other children would die because of Him. He, later, would be rejected by His own people and would be lifted up on the “tree” for the sins of all mankind.

The shedding of His blood, His death, and resurrection would provide forgiveness for you and for me.

All in all, there are over 300 Messianic prophecies given in the Old Testament of the Bible, speaking on various aspects of who this Messiah was to be, and what He was to do for mankind.

What are the chances that one person could fulfill each of those prophecies in the New Testament? With each prophecy, there is a two- to-one probability: yes, he fulfilled it; no, he did not fulfill it.

Remember that some of the prophecies were things done to the Messiah, not done by Him. The Messiah would have no control over those external actions done to Him. What are our findings?

For Jesus, the Messiah, to fulfill 20 prophecies accidentally, the odds are more than a million to one.

When the number increases to 100 prophecies fulfilled, less than one-third of all the prophecies, the probability balloons to: 1,267,650,600,228,229,401,496,703,205,376 to 1.

To fulfill over 300 prophecies, the number would be nearly 100 digits long!

By now, you may wonder “What’s the point?”

The point is: the Messiah is no accident! Jesus is no accident!

The baby in the manger in Bethlehem was divinely planned! The baby Jesus is real! It all happened!

Jesus, the Messiah, has fulfilled all prophecy as scripture proclaims – with the exception of one.

Jesus said He would come again. What do you plan on doing with that prophecy? Do you perceive it as a myth, or the truth?

May all of you have a blessed Christmas, and a God-filled new year!

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