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Psalm 118:21-22- ” I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.”

Matthew 21:42- “ Jesus said to them,Did you never read in the Scriptures, `THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER STONE; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?

Acts 4:8-12 “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by this name this man stands here before you in good health. “He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
Corner Stone

I am going to take this opportunity to talk about a subject that is very dear to my heart: Christ being who he says he is. I will be explaining it in 2 parts, here and on “Jordan”. This part concerns the fulfillment of prophecy.

My husband has a book by Frank Harber called “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” that specifically touches on this subject. On pages 66-67, he talks about “Evidence of Messianic Prophecies”. “The truth of Christianity stands upon the fact that Jesus is the Christ. If it shown that Jesus did not fulfill the Messianic prophecies, then Christianity would not be true. No other religion has such a stringent test imposed upon it’s leader. In Jesus Christ, 456 identifiable prophecies were uniquely filled. Chances of any man fulfilling just 48 of such prophecies is a probability of 10 ^157 ( or ten to the 157th power). This figure, calculated by Peter Stoner, Professor Emeritus at Westmont College, has been confirmed by the committee of the American Science Affiliation. The fulfillment of Messianic prophecy at such a high level of probability indicates a supernatural agent. The fact that Jesus is the Messiah is not just a clever guess, nor could Jesus been an impostor who carefully arranged the fulfillment of all the Messianic prophecies. To reject Jesus as the Messiah requires an unbelief that runs counter to the laws of probability. ”

Now there were some that could have been fulfilled by a man, but some would have been impossible to control. For example, it was prophesied in Micah 5:2, that he would be born in Bethlehem some seven centuries earlier. And in Isiah 7:14, to be born of a virgin. And that he would be from the house of David. And both Mary and Joseph were from David’s lineage (isiah 11:1-5). How much control does one have over his birthplace, heritage and parents? And shortly after his birth, to escape the wrath of Herod, his parents to Jesus to Egypt, which fulfilled 2 prophesies: Hosea 11:1 about them leaving Egypt and Jeremiah 31:15 when Herod had all the 2 year old baby boys killed thinking he would kill Christ in the process. And the first 2 chapters of Matthew, 5 separate prophecies are fulfilled. And it goes on and on!!

Many people say that they Christians are unscientific. That trusting in just “faith” is trusting in nothing. Yet, when presented with the true picture, it is simply hard not to believe. For example, I’m going to use the lottery. I took it off this website.

http://www.webmath.com/cgi-bin/lottery.cgi?count=7&low=1&high=50

I calculated my odd of winning a 7 number lottery using the numbers 1-50 to be: 1 in 99,884,400. (taken from the above site.) Here are some other odds for the sake of comparison:

You have about a 1 in 2,000,000 chance of being struck by lightning.
A pregnant woman has a 1 in 705,000 chance of giving birth to quadruplets.
Someone eating an oyster has a 1 in 12,000 chance of finding a pearl inside of it.

Now, lottery odds can be pretty incomprehensible. How can we possibly have any “feeling” for the number 99,884,400? To help you with this, here’s a little experiment you can try to “get a handle on” what a 1 in 99,884,400 chance really means.

Get a piece of rope or string, that’s 103 feet long. In a wide open area, arrange the rope or string in a circle, end to end, the best you can. Get a single grain of sand or dirt (use tweezers!) and place it anywhere you wish inside the circle. Get a second grain of sand. Close your eyes, and “disorient” yourself as to where the grain of sand is that you placed inside of the circle (have someone spin you around or something!). While you’re inside the circle, drop the second grain of sand from 1 foot up.
Your chances of hitting the first grain of sand with the second is roughly equal to the odds of “1 in 99,884,400.”

So that that seem crazy? Impossible? Now go back to the original odds I gave you. For Jesus to complete just 48 of the 456- it would be 10 with 157 0’s behind it. Jesus HAS to be the Messiah! Hope you enjoyed that.

Hebrews 12:26-29- “And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”
Consuming Fire

I recently got a new Third Day CD. I was listening to their song “Consuming Fire” and instantly, these colors popped in my head!

You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Es-ZYUU6zc

I love the footnotes in my Bible.  I’m going to quote them here regarding these verses.

“Evetually the world will crumble, adn only God’s kingdom will last.  Those who follow Christ are part of this unshakable kingdom, and they will withstand the skaking, sifting, adnburning.  WHen we feel unsure about eh future, we can take confidence from thse verses. No matter what happens here, oru future is built on a solid foundation that cannot be destroyed.  Dno’t put you conficence in what weill be destroyed; instead, build your life on Christ and his unshakable kingdom.”

“There is a big difference between the flame of a candle and the roaring blast of a forest fire.  We cannot even stand near a raging fire.  Even with sophisticated fire-fighting equipment, a consuming fire is often beyond human control. God is not within our control either. we cannot force him to do anything for us through our prayers.  He cannot be contained.  Yet, he is a God of compassion.  He has saved us from sin, and he will save us from death. But everything that is worthless and sinful will be consumed by the fire of his wrath. Only what is good, dedicated to God, and righteous will remain.”

Often as I read the Old Testament, I’m reminded about the true character of God. God is a holy God, and justice is his. Vengeance is his. And anything unholy cannot be in his presence. So in the Old Testament, if God encountered the unholy, he consumed with fire or struck dead on the spot.   I am so glad for the gift of our Saviour.  Because of Jesus’s sacrifice, I can come to God and be acceptable to him, without the risk of immediate death.  But I think so many have preached on the love and mercy and compassion of God, that they’ve forgotten about his holiness.  They no longer fear him, and reverence him.  This scripture says that as a gratitude for the gift of eternal life, we should serve him with reverence and awe.  Do you have a healthy “awe” for the Lord?

MARK 1:1-11- “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“BEHOLD , I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU,
WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY; T
HE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,`MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.’ ”
John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey.
And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. “I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”

Jordan

Taken from this picture sent to me by my friend Nesreen of an aerial view of the Jordan River.

I am going to take this opportunity to talk about a subject that is very dear to my heart: Christ being who he says he is. I will be explaining it in 2 parts, here and on “Corner Stone”. This part concerns the fulfillment of prophecy and Christ being the Messiah. And I mention all this here because by John the Baptist preaching about Christ’s coming and in baptizing him, he fulfilled a scripture from Isiah.

My husband has a book by Frank Harber called “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” that specifically touches on this subject. On pages 73-74, he talks about “The Evidence of the Trilemma Argument.”

“Many non-Christians who have difficulty accepting that Jesus is God have no trouble professing that Jesus was a great moral teacher. However, this position is not only illogical but impossible. Jesus claimed to be divine, nothing less. If Jesus was not God, he would be far less than just a great, moral teacher; he would be deluded, or a deceiver. There would be nothing great about the teaching of a man who merely pretended to be God. His teachings, if believed, would steer people away from the truth. Jesus can not be regarded as a great teacher, but no divine. There are only 3 options as to who Jesus was in light of his claims.

POSSIBILITIES AS TO THE IDENTITY OF JESUS

Identity — Implications

1. Deity— His message should be believed and trusted.

2. Deceiver—His message is that of a false, religious teacher. Jesus tricked people into following him.

3. Deluded— Jesus was simply a mentally ill person who believed that he was really God.

Let us examine all three.

Option 1: Jesus was a Deceiver.

This option holds that Jesus was a liar and willfully deceived people about religious truth. Jesus certainly could not be regarded as a great, moral teacher if her were found to be a pathological liar. Jesus would be a hypocrite of the highest order, instruction his followers in honesty and virtue while he lived out a religious deception… The notion of Jesus willfully perpetuation a religious deception makes no sense. What would Jesus have to gain by such a lie?… Moreover, if Jesus had been a religious deceiver, he certainly would have changed his store in the face of an impeding death.

Option 2: Jesus was Deluded

Was Jesus merely a sincere person who mistakenly thought he was God? … Jesus never displayed such characteristics. In Jesus, we find one of the greatest intellects in all of history having total control of his mind and actions. His words not only had a profound influence of ht people of his day, but they also continue to improve the lives of men and women today. … Such a man does not fit the psychological profile of a deluded person.

Option 3: Jesus is Deity

Jesus was not a madman claiming to be God; he had the credentials to back up his claim. There is sufficient evidence to substantiate that Jesus is divine. If you agree that Jesus was neither a deceiver nor deluded, the the only alternative left is that Jesus is deity. Which option do you believe is correct? Some have opted to ignore this question, but this is the most important question in history. You cannot remain neutral about this issue because the stakes are eternal life? Do you believe that Jesus is God? … If you have never committed your life to Jesus Christ, why not do so today? “

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