There are over 300 specific prophecies concerning the Messiah, the majority of which Jesus fulfilled (some still remain, which he will fulfill when he returns). Below is a short list of just some of the prophecies fulfilled in him:[1]

 

  1. He was to be of David’s family—2 Sam. 7:12-13; Matt. 1:1
  2. He would be born to a young woman (virgin)—Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23
  3. He would be born in Bethlehem—Micah 5:2; Matt. 2:6
  4. He would minister in Galilee and Nazareth—Isa. 9:1-2; Matt. 4:12-17
  5. He would be announced in advance by an Elijah type—Malachi 4:1, 3-5; Mark 1:2, 3
  6. His mission would include Gentiles—Isa. 42:6; Luke 2:32
  7. His ministry would include healing—Mal. 4:2; Matt. 12:10
  8. He would teach through parables—Ezek. 20:49; Matt. 13:3
  9. The leadership would reject him—Ps. 118:22; Matt. 21:12-13
  10. 10. He would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem—Zech. 9:9; Matt. 21:6-9
  11. 11. He would be smitten and the sheep scattered—Zech. 13:7; Matt. 26:31
  12. 12. People would cast lots for his garments—Ps. 22:18; Matt. 27:34
  13. 13. He would be pierced—Zech. 12:10; John 19:34
  14. 14. Not one of his bones would be broken—Exod. 12:46; Ps. 34:20; John 19:33
  15. 15. He would die among criminals—Isa. 53:12; Mark 15:28
  16. 16. He would make his tomb with the rich—Isa. 53:9; Matt. 27:57-60
  17. 17. He would rise from the dead—Ps. 16:10; Jonah 1:17; Luke 24:6, 7

 

The mathematical probability that one person could fulfill all of these prophecies is beyond comprehension. It was reported that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) calculated the odds of Jesus fulfilling just eight of the prophecies and the result was 1 in 100 trillion.[2] These are the same odds as a blind man selecting one specific silver dollar among those covering an area the size of Texas two feet deep. Furthermore, the chances of one man fulfilling merely 48 prophecies is the same as 10 to the power of 157, which is more than the odds of finding one atom among all the atoms of all the known galaxies of the universe. In other words, the fact that Jesus fulfilled almost 300 prophecies is proof beyond mathematical comprehension that he is the Messiah.  Certainly for the committed skeptic there may never be proof enough, but for those who are genuinely seeking answers, the evidence is clear that Jesus is who he said he is, and he did what the records say he did.



[1] Taken from Dr. Chuck Missler, Learn the Bible in 24 Hours (Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN, 2002).

[2] Source: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1503477/pg1