The Messiah - who are ya?
Now I know what you're thinking, 'he's manipulating scriptures', 'he's trying to build a case here and I don't have the Biblical background to refute him'. It is understandable for you to do so, I did the same once.
But the fact remains that around 60 separate prophecies about the coming Messiah have been identified from the Hebrew Scriptures. This is sizeable and more so when you consider that some of them occur in more than one place. I believe this is significant, so much so that, if you ever got the time to read through the Old Testament, say within a month or two, you will detect this expectation yourself as a major theme of the scriptures.
That's my challenge to you - frankly it's the only way you're ever going to believe that I haven't been selective in my choice of scriptures to prove my point.
And what is my point? My point is that I believe that all 60 odd prophecies are speaking of one man, and that man did appear as a historical figure. His name is Yeshua ben Yosef, Jesus son of Joseph, Jesus of Nazareth.
One man, in fact, is willing to put his money where his mouth is. This particular person, Fred Meldau, an American, is offering a reward of $1,000 to anyone who can find one person, living or dead, (apart from you-know-who) who has fulfilled just half of these prophecies! He reckons his money's secure as the mathematics back him up.
According to Peter Stoner in a book called "Science Speaks" (quoted in 'Evidence that demands a verdict', page 167, by J MacDowell) the chances of one man fulfilling just 48 of these prophecies is the following figure - 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ... (another 130 zeros later) ... 000. About the same chance as a Martian appearing on the centre circle during next year's Wembley cup final, scoring a hat trick, then marrying Prince Charles afterwards, with the honeymoon on the third ring of Saturn .... or thereabouts! (substitute Michael Jackson fror the Prince and the odds immediately half, but they're still pretty steep!)
So what makes me think that Jesus fulfilled these 60 prophecies, despite the odds? Let's look at the facts.