On Easter Sunday, a day to eat the heads off of chocolate bunnies and overdose on candy, there was one monster noticeably absent from all the fun at the White House. Cookie Monster apparently did not get an invite and the usual suspects from Sesame Street did. Cookie Monster handled it the way any celebrity of his stature would, he tweeted his outrage.
Cookie Monster should have expected this especially since First Lady Michelle Obama launched the War on Fat Kids. Maybe it's because of his flamboyant lifestyle of high sugar, his slurred speech, or his protruding belly? My question is, aren't we all a little like Cookie Monster?
...yet Jesus did it. Jesus fulfilled the hundreds of Old Testament prophecies concerning “Messiah”. Mathematician and scientist Peter W. Stoner concluded that the probability of one person fulfilling just 48 of the over 300 prophecies was one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion (Science Speaks: Scientific Proof of the Accuracy of Prophecy and the Bible). Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the Old Testament foretold signs of the coming Messiah. These prophecies created a fingerprint only the true Messiah could fit. Against astronomical odds, Jesus – and only Jesus throughout all history – matched this prophetic fingerprint.
The following are a small sample of Old Testament Scriptures of Messianic prophecies fulfilled in Jesus (the Old Testament reference is noted first; with Jesus’ fulfillment of the prophecy in the New Testament written next):
The Messiah will be born of a virgin – Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-35
The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem – Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4-7
The Messiah will enter Jerusalem riding a donkey – Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-11
The Messiah’s first spiritual work will be in Galilee - Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:12-16
The Messiah will make the blind see, the deaf hear – Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 11:3-6, John 11:47
The Messiah will be betrayed by a friend – Psalm 41:9; John 13:18-21
The Messiah will be sold for 30 pieces of silver – Zechariah 11:12-13; Matthew 26:15, Matthew 27:3-10
The Messiah will be hated without a cause – Psalm 35:19, 69:4; John 15:23-25
The Messiah will be beaten, mocked, and spat upon -Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67, 27:26-31
The Messiah will be crucified with criminals – Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27, Luke 23:32-33
The Messiah will be pierced through hands and feet – Psalm 22:16; Luke 23:33, 24:36-39, John 19:18, 20:19-27
The Messiah’s bones will not be broken (a person’s legs were usually broken after being crucified to speed up their death) – Psalm 22:17, 34:20; John 19:31-33,36
The Messiah will be raised from the dead (resurrected) – Psalm 16:10-11, 49:15; Matthew 28:5-9, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:4-, John 20:11-16, Acts 1:3, 2:32
The Messiah will ascend to heaven – Psalm 68:18; Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9, 2:33-35, 3:20-21, 5:31-32, 7:55-56, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20-21, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2, 1 Pet 3:22
The Messiah will come before the destruction of Jerusalem (which occurred in 70AD) – Daniel 9:26; Jesus and His apostles spoke of this event in prophecy: Matthew 24:1-2, Luke 21:24, Deuteronomy 28:49-52
The Messiah will be rejected – Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 27:20-25, Mark 15:8-14, Luke 23:18-23, John 19:14-15
PEOPLE WILL HEAR AND NOT BELIEVE - Isaiah 53; John 12:37-40