Men's Moments April

By Bob Wilson

Well, it’s that time again, the NCAA Basketball Tournament with 68 college teams trying to make it to the Final Four. I don’t know if I will fill out my brackets again this year or not. To those who don’t know when I mention brackets what I’m talking about, the 68 teams who have made it into the tournament do so because of their won-lost records during the regular season. They are then matched up against other teams with similar records and placed in brackets. As you win, you keep moving through your bracket towards the end which is the sweet sixteen, the elite eight, the final four, and finally, the dynamic two playing for the championship.

My reason for not filling out my bracket is I haven’t followed basketball this year like I have in the past. You really need to know the teams to even have a chance to fill out your bracket half-way decent. No one in the history of the tournament has filled in a “perfect” bracket. Even sports experts can’t do it. The odds of a perfect bracket is 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 or 9.2 quintillion or 1 billion billions. Another way to look at those odds is: The number of trees on the planet is 3 trillion. Imagine that there was 1 single acorn hidden in one of those three trillion trees, and you were tasked with finding it on the first guess. Your odds of success are approximately three million times greater than picking a perfect bracket. It is fun to see if you can do better than your friends though.

Odds can have a positive impact on you or a negative one. If you use odds to prove that some story you heard or read is true, odds can be used to prove it. For example there are over 300 prophesies made about Jesus the Messiah before any of them ever happened because that’s what prophesies are, events that are in the future.

                Prediction                                                                                                           Fulfillment

Born in Bethlehem         Mic. 5:2                                                                Mt. 2:1

1 in 200 

Be preceded by a messenger   Isa. 40:3                                                  Mt. 3:1-2

1 in 20

Enter Jerusalem on a colt             Zec. 9:9                                                 Lk. 19:35-37

1 in 50

Be betrayed by a friend      Ps. 41:9                                                          Mt. 26:47-50

1 in 10

Have his hands and feet pierced    Ps. 22:16                                         Lk. 23:33

1 in 100

Be sold for thirty pieces of silver    Zec. 11:12                                      Mt. 26:15

1 in 10

These 6 prophesies were made more than 400 years before they were fulfilled. The calculations say that there is only one chance in 10 to the power of 19 that the prophets could have accurately predicted these specific events could have happened by chance alone. God made these promises and God keeps his promises. Amen.

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