Imagine that in some dusty old library, you came across a book written in the 1600's. Hand written and bound, and gathered from unknown writers over decades, the book told you the following tale. There will be a huge lottery jackpot in the future, worth $400 million, and it gives the winning numbers and the date the prize will be given. In order to prove the accuracy of its predictions, it goes on to tell the story of a man by the name of Richard Hailey, who would be born in the State of Tennessee in the early 1960s. He and his family would leave Tennessee for Florida, but return after a short time to Tennessee, where his father worked in sales. The boy would grow into a man, and join the Navy, where he traveled the world for 9 years. At the end of his travels, he would return to his home in Tennessee, along with a wife and 6 children. There, he would work at a variety of jobs, get divorced, and after a long time, find a new wife.
Now imagine after reading this book, that you googled Richard Hailey and found out that every detail of the story written 400 years ago was true. What would you say about such a book? And more importantly, what would you say about the rest of the information in that book? Would you buy a lottery ticket?
Well stop imagining and let's start reading that Book, because the Old Testament records the life of Jesus Christ in that amount of detail. That's a big claim I know, but I'm going to back it up right now.
|Psalm 2:6-9 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.|
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
|God will send His Son to rule as King|
|Genesis 3:14-15 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:|
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
|God's Son will be born of a virgin, and will fight against Satan|
|Genesis 17:7-8 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.|
And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
|God's Son will be born of the bloodline of Abraham.|
|Genesis 21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.||God's Son will be born in the bloodline of Isaac, not Ishmael|
|Psalm 132:11 The LORD hath sworn [in] truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.||God's Son will be of the line of David, and will sit on his throne.|
|Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.||God's Son will be born of a virgin, and will live among men.|
|Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of thee shall he come forth unto me [that is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth [have been] from of old, from everlasting.||God's Son will be born in Bethlehem.|
|Psalm 72:10-11 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.|
Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.
|God's Son will have kings bowing before him.|
|Hosea 11:1 When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.||God's Son will return to Israel from Egypt|
|Isa 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.||God's Son will be preceded by a messenger who will announce His coming to Israel.|
|Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.|
|Isaiah 9:1-2 Nevertheless the dimness [shall] not [be] such as [was] in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict [her by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.|
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
|God's Son will begin His Ministry in Galilee.|
|Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.||God's Son will enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey.|
|Isa 53:1-3 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?|
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
|God's Son will be despised by many.|
|Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, [in whom] my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.|
He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
|God's Son will minster to Gentile as well as Jew, and he will do so meekly, not with a lot of fanfare.|
|Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.||God's Son will not speak in His own defense at His trial|
|Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.||God's Son will be sacrificed to pay for our sins.|
|Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.||God's Son will be die among the wicked, even though he had no sin.|
|Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up [his] heel against me.||God's Son will be betrayed by his friend.|
|Zec 11:12-13Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give [me] my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty [pieces] of silver.|
And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"--that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty [pieces] of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.
|God's Son will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, and that price will be used to purchase the potter's field.|
|Isaiah 53:12Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.||God's Son will die as a criminal, even though he was innocent of all wrongdoing, for the purpose of interceding on our behalf, so we would not have to die for our sins.|
|Exodus 12:46In one house it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break one of its bones.|
Psalm 34:22He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.
|God's Son will not have any broken bones.|
|Zec 12:10"And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for [his] only [son], and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.||God's Son will be pierced.|
|Psa 22:18They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.||God's Son will have his garments taken from him, and divided amongst his enemies by chance.|
|Psa 16:10For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.||God's Son will go to Hell, but he will be raised from death by God|
|Psalm 110:1A Psalm of David. The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."||God's Son will be given a throne beside God, where He will sit until His enemies are cast down.|
|Gen 14:18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he [was] the priest of God Most High.|
Psalm 110:4The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You [are] a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."
|God's Son will rule as both priest and King, having both bloodlines.|
So there's the Book; what about that lottery ticket? How high is the jackpot, and how much do we have to pay for the ticket? Well the jackpot is salvation, and this is the part where I'm supposed to start preaching to you about how the ticket is free to you and me because Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has already purchased that ticket with His Blood.
I'm not going to do that because while it is 100% true, it's not entirely accurate. You see, there is a cost in accepting the ticket that Jesus bought for us, and that cost can't be counted in dollars and cents, or good deeds, or works, or a specific quantity of certain prayers said on specific days. In fact, there's only one thing in this earth that we can give to Jesus that will allow us to accept that ticket.
Ourselves. God doesn't want our money, our good deeds, or our intentions; He wants us, wholly and without reservation.
It's the hardest easy thing to do that you'll ever come across.