FULFILLED PROPHECY ILLUSTRATION
Suppose someone predicted just 8 things about a person, any 8 things, for example:
(that’s 10 with 17 zeros - 1,000,000,000,000,000,000)!
To get a picture of this, let’s cover the state of Texas 2 feet deep in silver dollars. Hidden among them is 1 silver dollar marked with an “X”.
Then we’ll send someone “blindfolded” out to pick up just 1 coin.
The chances of them choosing the one with the “X” is: 1 in 10 (to the 17th power).
Yet - THERE ARE OVER 300 PROPHECIES (actually 333; most have already happened) ABOUT JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT! What are the chances of that?
*WELL, JUST FOR THE SAKE OF CONVERSATION, LET’S ASSUME that the Bible is the word of God.
* By saying JUST FOR THE SAKE OF CONVERSATION, you’re NOT asking them to agree with you. Rather you’re simply seeking to begin, or continue, sharing the Gospel. This is a very valuable statement; don’t underestimate it – it’s worth memorizing.
Jesus (the perfect God-man) never sinned. He didn't deserve to be punished. Yet Jesus willingly chose to take our place for the sin we deserve eternal punishment. He was God's way of providing a "perfect substitute".
This story demonstrates how we can now enter into a right relationship with God. A relationship where we can experience a life of peace, joy and love with our Creator - NOW. And a relationship with hope and assurance of life FOREVER in His loving presence. Not that we deserve it, but - because of what Jesus has done for us!
Jesus (God in the flesh) genuinely loves each one of us so much that He stepped in to suffer the wrath of God poured out upon sin. Your sin. Sin which God hates. Yes, God demonstrated His love in that, "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us". (Romans 5:8)