3/17/19 - Prophecies of the Crucifixion
“For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, ‘Not one of His bones shall be broken.’ And again another Scripture says, ‘They shall look on Him whom they pierced.’” (John 19:36,37)
Psalms 22 is one of the places in Scripture that is filled with prophecy about Jesus, the Messiah. It opens with words that Jesus cried out on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (verse 1). The psalm goes on to talk about His suffering. “All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying, ‘He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!’” (verses 7,8; Matthew 27:43)
“I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.” (verse 14) Dislocated joints were common in crucifixions as was pressure and fluid that would build up around the heart. Note that none of His bones would be broken (Psalms 34:20).
“For dogs have surrounded Me” (as many Jews called the Romans in the first century); . . . “They pierced My hands and My feet” (22:16) (a reference to His crucifixion).
“They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots” (verse 18). Indeed, the soldiers divided Jesus’ cloak into four parts, but His tunic was woven in one piece, so rather than dividing it, they gambled for it. Both parts of the prophecy came true (John 19:23,24).
Some skeptics of the Bible have offered the illogical suggestion that the fulfilled prophecies were set up by Jesus and that He suggested their fulfillment and that His disciples accepted them as such. But how would He have orchestrated His virgin birth, the place of His birth, Herod’s slaughter of the innocents, the flight to Egypt, his boyhood in Nazareth, the manner of His death, and the actions of the soldiers? Then how can a mere man orchestrate His resurrection from the tomb?
These fulfilled prophecies (and many more) produce for us a preponderance of evidence that Jesus is exactly who He says He is. It shows us the reliability of God’s word. It teaches us the power of God to control the events of history, and His ability to always keep His promises.
My faith grows by leaps when I see God’s predictions and promises fulfilled in such a marvelous way. I hope it does the same for you.