It is What It is or Is It?
“It is what it is!” Maybe you have heard or even used this phrase yourself for a situation in which you feel a sense of hopelessness, even though a changing action is always possible and with the right knowledge of probability preferably more positive. Life is full of uncertainty and randomness but with the proper employment of probability, we can face the challenges and move forward through making an informed judgment.
The Old Testament contains 60 major prophecies and 270 ramifications about the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled every one of these predictions. The study of probability tells us that Jesus fulfilling only 8 of the 60 major prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. Josh McDowell, in his book, More Than a Carpenter, puts these odds in perspective.
Imagine that the entire state of Texas is covered with silver dollars that are 2 feet deep and one of the coins is marked. All of the silver dollars are then mixed up. A blindfolded man is then instructed to reach down and pick up the marked coin on his first try. The man’s chances of picking up the marked coin are the same as Jesus fulfilling just 8 of the 60 major prophecies, yet Christ fulfilled them all. Therefore, the probability of Jesus not being the Messiah is mathematically impossible.
The Power of Probability
In the days following the crucifixion and death of Christ, it is recorded that the disciples, His closest followers, and friends are hiding in fear behind closed doors. In their grief and fear, they forgot what He told them. They couldn’t see the probability of His resurrection and found themselves at the end of hope and with the residing attitude of “it is what it is.” And for some, even the report of seeing Christ alive from others was simply not enough. This is where we find Thomas. For him hearing about Christ’s resurrection wasn’t enough, he wanted to not only see but to feel His Lord in order to believe He had indeed overcome the grave.
Sometimes we, too, need our questions confirmed with answers, for there are times that we need to doubt to believe. This is when we need to latch onto the statistics of probability. Like Thomas, doubt leads to exploration and continuing to learn in order to understand and deepen our faith in the quest for answers. The disciples held the privilege of seeing to believe, but we have something they did not. We hold the written words of the Bible, compiled together with the testimony of the believers giving us the knowledge of probability.
It would be great to see the Savior in the flesh, but it wouldn’t make Him any more real to us than He already is. Backed with the knowledge of probability, we can place our hope fully in Christ giving us the confidence and inspiration to live life faithfully for Him. This allows us to explore the unknown and take the phrase, “it is what it is,” and use it as not an end of a situation but to explore the possibilities of hope holding the confidence of eternal life through our belief.
Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
John 20:29 (NLT)
The Probability of Faith
Three young boys eagerly shared their definition of faith in Sunday School class one morning. One said, “Faith is taking hold of God.” The second said, “Faith is holding onto God.” The last boy reported, “Faith is not letting go!” The teacher asked the class who was right? The class was silent before a little girl in the back said, “All three!”
This is faith backed with the knowledge of probability. Fully acknowledging the recorded accounts in all 4 Gospels, the prophecies of the Old Testament, testimonies of the eyewitnesses, along with countless other documents and artifacts give great evidence to believe that Christ is the Messiah and the probability of Him not being who He said He was, as previously stated, is mathematically impossible.
We don’t hold the privilege of Thomas in seeing and touching, but Christ can be as real to us in the Spirit as He was in the flesh to the disciples. Our advantage over them is not only hindsight but that we have the Holy Spirit. We don’t have to wait for Him to come to see us, for He is with us all the time.
The Possibilities Seen with Probability
“It is what it is,” isn’t an end but a beginning of possibilities. This is a challenge to explore and understand the uncertainties of life along with its roadblocks helping us not only grow personally but to help others grow as well. For we all come to God from different places to accept the probabilities or reject them. But through faith, salvation along with the promises of perfect justice through life eternal is the reward and that probability is too great to ignore.
Won’t you challenge yourself to acknowledge the tremendous probability that living a life of faith serving God provides not only peace but joy in the present? Allow your convictions to see and understand that the truth of Christianity rests heavily on the Resurrection. For it is the trustworthiness of the witnesses who saw Christ after His death that turned the world upside down. Find your motivation to share your knowledge with others knowing that your belief will be fully rewarded one day. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that God is preparing a place for all who faithfully believe and follow Him.
Love in Christ,
But to us, probability is the very guide of life.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you explore the possibilities when the uncertainties of life occur? Have you fully considered the probabilities of Christ? Share your thoughts on how the knowledge of probability can change your future for a life of positive possibilities.
McDowell, J. (1987). More Than a Carpenter. Carol Stream: Living Books 34th edition.