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::Devotional:: ‘The Odds Are Astonishing’

December 4, 2009

The details of the Christmas story, the birth of Christ, are powerful and astonishing revelations of prophecy foretold hundreds of years before they happened.  In fact the more detailed the prophecy the more amazing the revelation and the more amazing the revelation the less the events can be explained as chance.  

The law of compound probability says that for every uncertain detail added to a prediction or prophecy the probability of being completely correct decreases by 50%.  For example, if I predicted that it would rain tomorrow I have a 50% chance of being correct.  It will either rain or not rain, right?  Suppose I were to say that it would rain tomorrow morning, between midnight and noon.  Well, since I added a detail the probability that I will be right decreased by another 50%, down to 25%.  Now, for me to be correct not only does it have to rain tomorrow but it has to do so in the morning.  See how that works?  The more details the less likely I am to be completely correct.  Unless of course that prediction is coming from God.

Consider some of the prophecies surrounding the birth of Jesus:

  • The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem – Micah 5:2
  • The Messiah will be born to a virgin and will be called Immanuel – Isaiah 7:14
  • John the Baptist will be a prophet, going before the Lord and preparing the way – Luke 1:76
  • The line and throne of David will be eternal – 2 Samuel 7:16

There are so many more through the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ that the odds truly are amazing.  It is good to take a moment during this season and think about how truly miraculous the birth of Jesus was.  

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.  Psalm 105:1-3

Consider the details and be awed by God.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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