1. Did you know that King David composed a graphic portrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ about 1000 years before it happened? While He was hanging on the cross, Jesus even quoted Psalm 22 to point out to everyone that the fact that His hands and feet would be pierced had been prophesied long ago. At the time this Psalm was written, crucifixion hadn’t been invented yet.
2. Did you know that the prophet Isaiah prophesied incredible details about the life, suffering, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah about 700 years in advance? Just check out Isaiah 53.
3. Did you know that the prophet Daniel prophesied that Jesus would be presented as Messiah and that he also prophesied that it would be BEFORE the Jewish temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.? He made these two prophecies more than 500 years in advance. Check them out in Daniel 9:24-27.
4. Did you know that there are more than 300 prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament scriptures that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ? Examples of these are in Deuteronomy 18:15, Psalm 24:7-10, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 53, Ezekiel 37:26-27, Jeremiah 31:15, Daniel 9:25-26, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9 etc.
5. Did you know that the Bible does not say how many wise men came to see Jesus? The traditional number of three came about because three gifts are mentioned. Read Matthew 2.
6. Did you know that the name “Jesus” was given to Mary by an angel of God called Gabriel (Luke 1:26-31)? He also told Joseph that Mary was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph was going to divorce Mary, but the angel told him not to do this, and to name the child Jesus.
7. Did you know that Jesus had 4 half-brothers? Their names are James, Joseph, Judas and Simon. The Lord Jesus also had sisters, but they are not named or numbered in the Bible.