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Mar 30, 2018

By Pastor Monte Knudsen

Faith Christian Outreach Church

It was 1910. Clarence Hiller had just finished painting the trim around his windows late in the afternoon. What happened that night actually changed criminal law forever.

Clarence awoke and noticed the gas light near his daughter’s bedroom was out. Suspicious, he went in to investigate. His wife heard a scuffle and tumbling down the stairs, then two gun shots and the front door slamming.

Police arrested Thomas Jennings, a convicted burglar, just a mile away. He had blood on his clothes, his left arm was injured and a gun in his pocket. The same caliber used to kill Mr. Hiller. But they weren’t sure it was the murder weapon. A search for more clues led them outside the home where the break-in happened. There imprinted on the moist paint of the window trim were clear fingerprints of someone’s hand.

Fingerprint evidence was still a new concept in 1910. Never had it been used in court. Four different experts testified the prints in the paint matched perfectly those of Thomas Jennings. He was found guilty and was later hanged. The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the ruling.

Today, fingerprint identification is pivotal evidence. Evidence that is conclusive and authoritative.

There is another kind of evidence that is equivalent to fingerprints. It’s called prophecies. God gave prophecies about the Messiah or “fingerprints,” so when He came, people would know — Is this a fake? A fraud? Or is this the one who matches the prophecy? The fingerprints?

There are 333 fingerprints about the Messiah. For example:

Isaiah 7:14 The Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin will conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.

Psalm 22:14-18 describes in scientific detail his crucifixion 700 years before this tortuous act was ever practiced:

-My bones are out of joint — cannot hold himself up.

-My strength is dried up like a potsherd — no moisture.

-My tongue cleaves to my jaw — dehydration.

-The wicked gather around me, they pierce my hands and my feet.

-They look upon me and stare, they part my garments among them, they cast lots for my vesture.

The fingerprints are unmistakable.

Isaiah writes he will die with the wicked, and his grave will be with the rich.

Matthew tells us he was crucified between two thieves, and when they removed him, there came a rich man of Arimathea and asked for the body of Jesus and laid him in a new tomb. The accuracy of the prophecies are so specific it’s impossible to refute.

The fingerprints are also in the resurrection:

Hosea 6:2 After two days he will revive. The third day He will raise up, and we will live in his sight.

Psalm 2:7 God declares he would make Him alive.

Psalm 16:10 Neither will He allow the Holy One to see corruption.

The body begins to decay in 72 hours — three days. God wanted you and me to know who the Savior was. He left fingerprints everywhere so we could know. God loved you so much, He didn’t leave any room for doubt or unsureness.

John 3:17 says, “For God sent not His Son to the world to condemn it, but that the world through Jesus Christ might be saved.”

Maybe you’ve doubted, or questioned, or even ignored the overwhelming evidence. But the case for Jesus is a slam dunk. You can deny Him or you can receive Him. And when you receive Him, because He raised from death, He gives you new life, a new start. He forgives you of any and every sin you’ve ever committed. He redeems you.

The evidence is certain.

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