“In years past, atheists have put up billboards in places like New York City to discourage people from attending church at Christmas time (or any time, for that matter). Now they’re bringing their campaign to the Bible belt.” Jerry Newcombe
In years past, atheists have put up billboards in places like New York City to discourage people from attending church at Christmas time (or any time, for that matter). Now they’re bring their campaign to the Bible belt.
A report from their own source (news.atheists.org, 12/1, 2014 years after the reported birth of Jesus) notes: “The billboards feature a young girl writing a letter to Santa; her letter reads, ‘Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.’ The billboards are located in Memphis; Nashville, St. Louis; and Ft. Smith, Arkansas.”
Of course, the premise of this whole campaign is that Christianity is supposedly a “fairy tale.” But, in fact, Jesus is “the Truth.” Here I’ll focus only on prophecies fulfilled by Jesus. Only God knows the future. Only God could have written the Bible.
I teach an adult Sunday school class of about 60 or so in a Presbyterian church in South Florida. Months before the beginning of the new year (2014), I asked my class to take a moment and write down one prediction for the new year. I also wrote down my own “prophecy.”
These were not to be fortune cookie type statements, such as “You will soon meet somebody interesting.” Instead, these were to be some sort of prediction of the future. In our class, how many of us made a correct prediction? There was none—no, not one. (You try it sometime.)
Yet in the Scriptures, we can see some 350 prophecies foretelling the coming of Jesus—including His ancestors, His place of birth, His ministry, His death, and His resurrection.
One could argue that He fulfilled some of His prophecies on His own. (This is the essence of the skeptical book,The Passover Plot). But try choosing your own parents. As to His horrible death, David wrote 1000 BC, “they have pierced my hands and my feet.” That was a few hundred years before the Syro-Phonecians invented crucifixion. The Romans later perfected it.
Christ is not the last name of Jesus, but His title. It comes from the Greek word, “Christos,” from the Hebrew word, “Meshiach,” (Messiah). The English translation is: “Anointed One.”
Jesus is the Anointed One described in Psalm 2, where it says that the kings of this world declare war against the Lord and against His Anointed One. (Even the war on Christmas was foretold.)
The Old Testament was written between c.1400-c.400 BC, and it gives us a picture of Jesus from the Hebrew prophets.
Consider just a few facts—of Christ in the Old Testament: