Justified under the Old Covenant - Part 2 - 07/02/2004
Sure does thank you. However another question arrises, how do we know that Jesus was the promised Messiah, sent to the Jewish people, who denied him then and still do.How are we sure?
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
First, let me state that not all Jews rejected Jesus as the Messiah, and not
all Jews do today. Keep in mind that Jesus' original disciples were Jews.
Jesus gathered a larged number of followers during His three year ministry,
and most of them were Jews. Within a few years of His resurrection, Jesus
had tens of thousands of Jewish followers. Today, there are hundreds of
thousands of Jewish believers in Christ (also known as Messianic Jews)
worldwide. So to simply state that Jews reject Jesus is not accurate.
So, how do we know that Jesus is the Messiah? Through prophecy, mostly.
The Old Testament is replete with prophecies regarding the coming Messiah.
Jesus fulfilled all of them. For a list of Messianic prophecies fulfilled
by Jesus, check the following page:
have actually done the math on the probability of one person fulfilling
these prophecies. The probability of just eight
of the prophecies
being fulfilled in one man is one chance in one hundred million billion.
That's many more people than have ever walked the earth! Mathemetician
Peter W. Stoner calculated the odds of one person fulfilling forty-eight of
the prophecies as one in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion,
trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion,
trillion! The odds make it virutally impossible for any one person to
fulfill all the Messianic prophecies, but Jesus -- and only Jesus -- did
just that. The reason Jesus faced rejection by many Jews (which is one of
the Old Testament Messianic prophecies) is because many Jews misinterpreted
some prophecies and expected the Messiah to be a political figure that would
crush the Roman oppressors. Instead, they got a Savior, led like a lamb to
the slaughter. Jesus' appearances after his resurrection convinced many
skeptics, including Saul of Tarsus, who previously was a persecuter of
Christians. One Jewish believer noted that he had never really been taught
the Messianic prophecies. When He read the Old Testament himself, he was
shocked to realize it was talking about Jesus. If you want more info on the
topic, I encourage you to visit the Jews for Jesus website (www.jewsforjesus.org
and to read the book The Case for Christ
, by Lee Strobel.
Ben and Jennifer Rast