Saturday, October 17, 2015

Christian Outdoor Object Lessons 1: GPS Object Lesson

Key Verse

"For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones." Matthew 24:24 WEB

Note: This lesson is best used with an audience of teenagers and older. 

With a GPS we can find any point on earth. It doesn’t matter if we have never been there, nor if it is on a high peak, nor if it is in the middle of the ocean.

Jesus said that false messiah’s would come claiming to be the true one. Matt 24:24. How do we know that Jesus was the only true messiah? With a few key prophecies we can see that Jesus fulfilled predictions made centuries before him.

Prophecies concerning the Messiah

Born in Bethlehem - Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1;
Was poor and lowly - Isaiah 53:3; Mark 2:7; Matt. 8:19-20
From the lineage of David - Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 3:31
Herod kills the children - Jeremiah 31:15; Mt 2:16-18
Light to Gentiles - Isaiah 49:6; Acts 13:46-48
Jesus’ own prediction:
The destruction of the temple – Matt. 24: 1-2; Wars of the Jews by Flavius Josephus

Picture of the stones of the Temple in Jerusalem that were caste down in 70 A.D.

With just 12 or so numbers in the right sequence we can find a lost person. One person out of 7+ billion people, at one point out of 197 million square miles of earth’s surface! If they can send out their GPS location to Search and Rescue those little numbers are all that’s needed. Likewise, we only need a few pieces of information to find out that Jesus was the messiah as he claimed. He was born in just the right place, at just the right time to fulfill the prophecies of the messiah. No other person could meet all those requirements.

There are over 300 prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament. Some of these seem less clear or specific than others. In the book Science Speaks by Peter Stoner, he talks about a research project that took just 8 of the most obvious prophecies about the Messiah and determined the probability of one man fulfilling them. In chapter 3 he mentions their findings. “we find that the chance that any man [who] might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 10^17.”

That is 1 with 18 zeros after it! A 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 chance that any person could fulfill those 8 prophecies. Those are pretty impossible odds that anyone else could have fulfilled those prophecies. But we have evidence that Jesus did. We serve an awesome God!


Written By David F. Garner
Photo Credit: David F. Garner

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