Prior to the 2015 season, no one predicted the Hawkeyes would accomplish perfection. If you would have, your prediction you would have been mocked and you would have lost all credibility among your peers. There is not a single superstar on the Hawks roster and everyone knows that a National Champion in football does not come out of Iowa City. If you would have predicted a 12-0 season people would have called you stupid, ignorant, and a fool. Fast-forward to today; there would be a different response. People might consider you a prophet.
So how does Hawkeye Football connect with Jesus? Simple, the Old Testament is like a preseason report. It sizes up the upcoming schedule of events and makes predictions regarding the outcome. For example, Genesis 3:15 predicts a seed of Eve will crush the head of Satan. Isaiah 9 predicts this child will be called Mighty God. Micah 5:2 predicts this child will be born in Bethlehem. 2 Samuel 7 predicts this child will come from the line of David and will be a King who reigns forever. Deuteronomy 18:15 predicts this child king will also be a prophet greater than Moses. Hosea 11:1 predicts this child will move to Egypt. Isaiah 53 predicts this child becoming an average looking man. Psalm 41 and Zechariah 11 predicts that this man would be betrayed. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 predicts his betrayal leading to a horrific death that would bring peace between God and man. These are just a few of the preseason predictions. In total there are over 300 Messianic predictions in the Old Testament made my numerous men over a period ranging from 1500 B.C. to 400 B.C. (Before Christ).
Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled them all.
Jesus was not a superstar by the world’s standards and he was raised in a home by average people who lived in the middle of nowhere. He was not the person you would think of when you think Savior of the World, yet here we are 2000 years after his birth still praising his name.
Why? Because He is who God said He would be...Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” – Isaiah 9:6