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Too Many “Coincidences”

December 26, 2007

A coincidence is considered to be the noteworthy alignment of two or more events or circumstances without obvious causal connection. The word is derived from the Latin co- (“in”, “with”, “together”) and incidere (“to fall on”). The relations of these connecting details or events or circumstances will decide whether their happening in connection with one another is more than a coincidence. Too many coincidences would result in a knowledge that they weren’t actually coincidences, but by design. Design and coincidence are mutually exclusive, and someone intellectually honest will evaluate that with evidence of design as design.

The events in the birth of Christ are enough to believe the Bible and to believe in Christ. They are events that are controlled from the outside of time and space. They are not merely what some people call a “law of attraction.” The law of attraction refers to an esoteric principle that individuals experience physical and mental manifestations corresponding to their predominant thoughts, feelings, words, and actions; and that they thereby have the ability to control the reality of their lives through thought alone. The principle is based on the concept that a person’s thoughts (conscious and unconscious), emotions, beliefs and actions attract corresponding positive and/or negative experiences. Many people who accept this as a guide for right living do so on the basis of their faith in the universe and the universe’s “laws.” They place these “laws” on the same level as the actual laws for the universe—God’s. God rules this universe and He is Who should attract us—our loyalty, thinking, and submission. His design as seen first in creation and then through Scripture is our basis for believing in Him.

Consider these amazingly harmonious events surrounding the birth of Christ that are a basis for our believe in the Lord. I went through the narrative of the birth of Christ to look at the details to see how many different circumstances came together in this one segment of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no way that these could be fifty-nine coincidences. God made sure that mankind would know when the Messiah had come. For those who don’t think there’s enough evidence for Christianity, you should consider these.

1.  The Angelic Announcement of John the Baptist to Zacharias (Luke 1:8-17)

2.  The Dumbness of Zacharias (Luke 1:18-23)

3.  The Pregnancy of Elizabeth Despite Barrenness and Advanced Age (Luke 1:7, 18, 24, 25, 57)

4.  The Fulfillment of the Old Testament Prophecy of John the Baptist (Luke 1:16, 17, 76; Malachi 3:1; 4:5, 6; Isaiah 40:3-5)

5.  The Relative Age of John the Baptist to Jesus (Luke 1:26)

6. The Nazareth, Galilee Hometown of Mary and Joseph (Luke 1:26, Matthew 2:23; Isaiah 15:1-6; 17:9; Malachi 4:1)

7.  The Angelic Announcement of Jesus to Mary (Luke 1:26-38)

8.  The Pregnancy of Mary Despite Virginity (Luke 1:27; Matthew 1:18, 19, 23, 25)

9.  The Timing of the Pregnancy of Mary in Relations to Her Betrothal to Joseph (Luke 1:27)

10.  The Fulfillment of the Prophecy that the Messiah Would be Son of God (Luke 1:32; Psalm 2:7)

11.  The Davidic Line of Jesus (Luke 1:32, 69; Luke 2:4; Isaiah 9:7; Jeremiah 23:5, 6)

12.  The Jacobian Line of Jesus (Luke 1:33, Matthew 1:2; Numbers 24:17)

13.  The Relations of Elizabeth to Mary (Luke 1:36, 39, 40)

14.  The Prophecy of Elizabeth’s Pregnancy to Mary (Luke 1:36)

15.  The Leaping of John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s Womb (Luke 1:41, 44)

16.  The Detailed Knowledge of Elizabeth of Mary’s Pregnancy (Luke 1:41-44)

17.  The Prophecy of Elizabeth of Jesus (Luke 1:43)

18.  The Prophesied Greatness and Historical Perspective of Mary for Bearing a Child (Luke 1:48)

19.  The Abrahamic Line of Jesus (Luke 1:55, 73; Genesis 12:3; 17:4; 22:16, 17)

20.  The Dual Knowledge of the Name John for John the Baptist with Both Zacharias and Elizabeth (Luke 1:13, 59, 60)

21.  The Speaking of Zacharias upon John’s Naming (Luke 1:64)

22.  The Prophecy of the Ministry of Jesus by Zacharias (Luke 1:67-75)

23.  The Prophecy of the Ministry of John the Baptist by Zacharias (Luke 1:76-79)

24.  The Miraculous Genealogy of Joseph (Matthew 1:1-17)

25.  The Angelic Appearance and Prophecy to Joseph in a Dream (Matthew 1:18-25)

26.  The Separate Revelation of the Name Jesus to Mary and Then to Joseph (Luke 1:31; Matthew 1:21)

27.  The Fulfillment of the Prophecy of the Virgin Birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 7:14)

28.  The Protection of Mary Emotionally by Sending Her to Elizabeth’s House During the Bulk of Her Pregnancy, Making the Announcement to Joseph, and Then Sending Her to Bethlehem for the Birth

29.  The Decree of Caesar Augustus That Sent Mary to Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-3)

30.  The Place of Birthplace Bethlehem in Fulfillment of Prophecy (Luke 2:4-7; Micah 5:2)

31.  The Timing of the End of Mary’s Pregnancy Right When She Is in Bethlehem (Luke 2:6)

32.  The Angelic Announcement to the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-12)

33.  The Angelic Announcement to the Shepherds about a Manger and Swaddling Clothes (Luke 2:7, 12, 16)

34.  The Fulfillment of the Prophecy of the Worship of Shepherds (Luke 2:8-16; Psalm 72:9)

35.  The Heavenly Host of Angels Appearing Before the Shepherds, Speaking, and Then Going Back to Heaven (Luke 2:13-15)

36.  The Meeting of Simeon in Jerusalem So That He Could Make His Prophecy (Luke 2:21-35)

37.  When Visiting Jerusalem for Mary’s Purification, Simeon Prophesies Concerning Jesus Without Knowing Joseph, Mary, or Jesus (Luke 2:21-35)

38.  The Prolonging of Simeon’s Life by God to See Jesus Before He Died (Luke 2:26)

39.  The Fulfillment of the Prophecy of Jesus’ Ministry to the Gentiles (Luke 2:32; Isaiah 42:1; 49:1)

40.  The Protection of an Essentially Insignificant Anna until Very Old Age So That She Could Recognize this Time of Redemption in Jesus (Luke 2:36, 37)

41.  The Prophecy of Anna of Jesus (Luke 2:38)

42.  The Magi Interested in the Birth of Christ, Recognizing the Baby to Be King (Matthew 2:1, 2)

43.  The Prophecy of the Timing of Christ’s Coming Being First Available in the East Where the Magi Were From (Daniel 9:24-27)

44.  The Troubling of an Unbelieving Herod over the Birth of a Possible Messiah, Enough to Inquire of Religious Leaders and the Magi (Matthew 2:3, 7-8)

45.  The Understanding of the Religious Leaders in Jerusalem of the Birth in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:4-6)

46.  The Fulfillment of the Prophecy that Jesus Would Shepherd His People (Matthew 2:6; Ezekiel 37:24)

47.  The Magi Follow a Star to the Place in Bethlehem Where Jesus Was (Matthew 2:9-11)

48.  The Fulfillment of the Prophecy that the Kings Would Follow Light to Worship Jesus (Matthew 2:9-11; Isaiah 60:3)

49.  The Adoration of the Magi of Jesus with Worship and Gifts (Matthew 2:11)

50.  The Fulfillment of the Prophecy that the Messiah Would Be Worshiped by Kings (Matthew 2:9-11; Psalm 72:10,15)

51.  The Warning of the Magi in a Dream Not to Return to Jerusalem to Tell Herod (Matthew 2:12)

52.  The Warning of Joseph in a Dream to Go to Egypt because of Herod (Matthew 2:13)

53.  The Trip to Egypt in Fulfillment of the Prophecy (Matthew 2:13-15; Hosea 11:1)

54.  The Fulfillment of the Dream of Joseph about Herod (Matthew 2:16)

55.  The Fulfillment of the Slaughter of the Innocent Boys in Bethlehem with the Murders by Herod (Matthew 2:16-18; Jeremiah 31:15)

56.  The Message through a Dream to Joseph that Joseph, Mary, and Jesus Could Go Back to Nazareth in Galilee (Matthew 2:19-23)

57.  The Miraculous Genealogy of Mary (Luke 3:23-38)

58.  The Fulfillment of the Promise to Judah (Luke 3:33; Numbers 24:17)

59.  The Fulfillment of the Promise to Isaac (Luke 3:34; Genesis 17:19)

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