This Easter we are going to be studying Isaiah 53. Whether you are a Christian yet or not this chapter should change your life forever! Here is why. It is the best known Old Testament prophecy written about the coming Messiah. Though written hundreds of years before He ever lived, died or rose again, it predicts the life of Jesus and the events of Easter perfectly. What are the odds of that!
Speaking of odds did you know that the odds of …
Becoming an astronaut are 13,200,000 to 1
Becoming a pro-athlete are 22,000 to 1
Being injured by fireworks are 19,556 to 1
Getting a hole in one are 5000 to 1
Having twins are 90 to 1
But the odds that only eight of these prophecies from Isaiah 53 were fulfilled in Jesus are 100, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 to one, or 1 in 1017! That is incredible! It would take the same number of two pound coins to cover the state of Texas. Now imagine walking out into the middle of the state and picking up the correct coin. What would be the odds?
Jesus said He did all He did to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah so we might come to acknowledge he was crushed for our transgressions for all we like sheep have gone astray.
That Jesus fulfils this prophecy against all odds attests to the Divine inspiration of the Bible and confirms that Jesus was who He said He was, the Son of God and Saviour of the world.
As we approach Easter may this divine precision cause us to marvel at God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. May the believer marvel and the sceptic come to believe. The fulfilment of this prophecy against all odds makes up the undeniable case for Easter and a sure reason to celebrate.