Why Jesus Had To Die

Why Jesus Had to Die

Dr. Jim Denison

Jesus fulfilled all Old Testament prophecies about his death during Holy Week. Such fulfillment is a powerful argument for his divinity, and for the trustworthiness of Scripture. If any book makes promises it does not keep, we are justified in dismissing the rest of its truth claims. But if a book’s prophecies rendered centuries earlier are clearly fulfilled in history, we can consider the rest of its claims to be reliable as well.

So, what are the chances that one man could fulfill the promises Jesus kept? Mathematician Peter Stoner once calculated the odds of one man’s fulfillment of just eight of the Old Testament Messianic predictions: one in 10 to the 17th power (one followed by 17 zeroes). That number would fill the state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars. Stoner then considered 48 of the Messianic prophecies, and determined their odds to be one in ten to the 157th power. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection kept promises his Father made centuries earlier, demonstrating his divinity and his authority over time and eternity.