Did Jesus arrange for His prophecies to come true?
Lee Strobel addresses whether Jesus and his disciples could have arranged for the fulfillment of prophesies. For example, Zechariah 9:9 states that the Messiah would ride a donkey. Couldn’t Jesus have easily arranged that? Listen and read on to see why this claim does not stand up to scrutiny.
Although Jesus could have certainly arranged to ride a donkey into Jerusalem, there are many prophesies that he couldn’t have arranged, such as:
- His ancestry, (Genesis 49:10)
- His place of birth, (Micah 5:2)
- His bones would remain unbroken on the cross, unlike the two others who were crucified with him, (Psalm 34:20)
- For soldiers to gamble for his clothing, (Psalm 22:16)
- Be betrayed by a friend for a certain amount of money, (Psalm 41:9, Zechariah 11:13)
- When he would enter into human history, (Daniel 9:25-26)
- His resurrection from the dead, (Psalm 16:10)
- His performing miracles, (Isaiah 35:5-6)
Strobel also addresses whether the disciples fabricated the fulfillment of the prophesies and rewrote history to make the prophesies fit. For example, Micah 5:2 states that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. Maybe the disciples made up the Roman Census to plausibly place Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem. However, the accounts were written while eyewitnesses were still living. If the accounts were untrue, the eyewitnesses would have disputed the accounts and stopped the Christian movement in its tracks. In addition, the writers died as martyrs for their beliefs. Why would they make up a story and die for it?
Finally, Strobel discloses that the Talmud made derogatory remarks about Jesus, such his being a sorcerer, but did not object to the claim that he fulfilled Messianic prophesies. Therefore, the evidence points to Jesus actually fulfilling the prophecies and validating his claim to be the Son of God.