The apostles throughout the New Testament appealed to two areas of Christ's life to establish His Messiahship. One was fulfilled messianic prophecy and the other was the resurrection. The Old Testament, written over a 1,500 year period contains several hundred references to the coming Messiah. All of these were fulfilled in Christ and they establish a solid confirmation of His credentials as the Messiah. Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel CANSWERSTV, http://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV?feature=mhee) is joined in studio by Steve Morrison, Ph.D, (websites: http://www.BIBLEQUERY.ORG, http://www.HISTORYCART.COM & http://www.MUSLIMHOPE.COM) for an analysis of this vital subject.
That Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah can be verified by the fact that He had 456 prophetic identifying characteristics mentioned in the Old Testament hundreds of years in advance & He fulfilled them all! What does the science of probability make of this? Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, Peter Stoner, has calculated the probability of one man fulfilling the major prophecies made concerning the Messiah. The estimates were worked out by twelve different classes representing some 600 university students.
The students carefully weighed all the factors, discussed each prophecy at length, and examined the various circumstances which might indicate that men had conspired together to fulfill a particular prophecy. They made their estimates conservative enough so that there was finally unanimous agreement even among the most skeptical students.
Larry Wessels graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas in 1981 with a degree in Advertising & on May 16 of that same year he had a supernatural "born again" experience (John 3:3-8, Romans 8: 8-17, etc.) by a sovereign act of the God of the Bible. Larry has been...