“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” -Matthew 5:17
There once was an interesting man named Willard. He had the ability to tell the future, and he was always right. He could tell you what the weather will be like on your next birthday or who would win the World Series next fall. There was nothing he couldn’t foretell. He even predicted exactly how many people would be living in the United States ten years later. He was truly an amazing man!
Do you believe that story? Could there really be someone who has the gift of telling the future? Of course not! We know that no one can do that. Sometimes our weather forecasters can’t even get the weather correct the day before it happens. No one has the capability to accurately tell the future.
That’s exactly what’s so amazing about our Bible. It foretold the future, and it was always right. We call that a prophecy. A prophecy is a prediction or clue about something in the future.
We know that all the people who lived in the Old Testament had an unusual problem. God kept reminding them that one day a Savior would come to take away their sins. But they didn’t know exactly who or what to look for. How could they recognize him when he came? If we look closely at the words in the Old Testament, we find that God placed many clues or prophecies inside the books. Those clues gave little hints of the details about the Savior. For instance, there was a clue that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. There was a clue that wise men would come and worship the baby. There was a clue that someone close to Jesus would betray him for exactly thirty pieces of silver. There was even a clue that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey. The Old Testament was filled with clues about the coming Messiah. Someone added up the total number of Old Testament prophecies about Jesus and they found about three hundred of them. That’s amazing! But that’s not all. What makes these prophecies truly amazing is that every one of them was correct. All the prophecies came true just as they predicted.
We know why they came true too. They came true because God knows the future, and he cannot lie. Everything he says in his Bible is factually true. That’s what makes the Bible such a very special book.
But there’s more. The Bible also contains many more prophecies of things that are still going to happen. It tells us that one day Jesus will return to judge everyone. It tells us that those who believe in him will be taken to heaven and those who do not believe in him will be separated from him in hell. It tells us that when he comes we will hear trumpets blasting and see Christ come back surrounded by his angels. It tells us that our home in heaven has been prepared for us. All these prophecies have yet to come true.
Can we believe they will really happen? Absolutely! God has never made a promise that he didn’t keep. Every one of the Bible’s prophecies will be fulfilled just as they were spoken by God. God said it...so we can believe it!
In Christ, Mike Allard, Principal @ St. John’s