In the third game of the 1932 World Series, Babe Ruth points to the center field bleachers while at bat, then hits the next pitch into the center field bleachers for his final post-season home run of an epic career. Before Super Bowl III, Joe Namath, sitting beside the pool being interviewed by reporters, guaranteed his Jets would beat the famed Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl. A few days later, he led his team to victory over the Colts.In January of 1994, I witnessed one of these predictions. The Cowboys won the 1993 Super Bowl and along the way beat their rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. A year later, the Cowboys were once again matched up against the 49ers to see who would go to the Super Bowl.
Dallas was buzzing with excitement the week of the NFC Championship game. On Thursday before the game, coach Jimmy Johnson called into Randy Galloway’s sports talk show on the radio and guaranteed the Cowboys would win. He said, “We will win the ballgame. And you can put it in three-inch headlines. We will win the ballgame.”
Celia and I happened to be out to dinner with friends that night, at a crowded restaurant that had a line out the door waiting for tables. We were finally seated in a corner booth. The atmosphere in the restaurant was very excited as people were talking about what Jimmy Johnson said. Then, Jimmy Johnson walked in and was seated at a table directly in front of us. The atmosphere became electric as everyone entering came by the table, shook Jimmy’s hand, and took pictures with him. Two days later, they won the game 38-21.
As captivating as all of these predictions were, none compare with ones Jesus made over 2000 years ago. Jesus told His disciples repeatedly that He came to die, to give His life for ours, but they struggled to imagine it was so. Before He was crucified, He repeatedly told His disciples He would be leaving them.
"The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things," He said."He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day He will be raised from the dead."(Luke 9:22)
“Jesus said,“The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory, and God will be glorified because of Him…”(John 13:31)
“When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:20)
“But now I am going away to The One who sent me…” (John 16:5)
“In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.” (John 16:16)
“Yes, I came from The Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to The Father.” (John 16:26)
Over and over again, Jesus predicts what is about to happen. He then lays down His life for us, is crucified, and raised to life. After appearing to His disciples and followers, He ascends to where He now sits, at the right hand of GOD. The prediction of all predictions comes true. And you know why Jesus did this? Well, He told us that, too.
“For this is how much God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17)