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Jesus fulfills the Prophecy: Grave with the Wicked

Another prophecy that was fulfilled (although St. John does not specifically link the fulfillment of this prophecy) is Jesus Christ was buried with the wicked.  Isaiah wrote about the coming of the Messiah in Isaiah 53.  Some of the prophecies I have already written about, e.g., Isaiah 53:5 "He, i.e., the Messiah, was pierced for out transgressions."  Four verses later, Isaiah wrote "He was assigned a grave with the wicked." 
   Here is the ultimate humiliation - Christ, the sinless one, the perfect one, is buried with the wicked.  The only person, the only human who never sinned, is buried.  In John 19:42 we read "Since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there."
   Once again we see that Christ controls even what happens after His death.

Jesus Fullfills the Prophecy: Piercing

   St John, an eyewitness account of the death of Jesus, wrote "Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of water and blood" (19:34).  John wrote further "the man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true.  He knows that he tells the truth and testifies so that you may believe.  These things happened sot hat the Scripture would be fulfilled. . . . 'They will look on the one they have pierced.' "  (That quote is form Zechariah 12:10)
     So even after His death, God is in control, and yet another prophecy is fulfilled.
      The key challenge is "Do you believe?"  God is in control of how Jesus died - and that control proves that God reigns.  Do you accept His reign?

Jesus Fullfils the Prophesy: No Broken Bones

    In Exodus 12:46, Moses wrote the requirements of the Passover.  For example, it had to be eaten in the house.  The lamb had to be roasted with fire.  It could not be eaten boiled or raw.  One other regulation was "Do not break any bones" of the Passover lamb (Ex. 12:46). 
     St. John writes in John 19:33 "But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs."  Generally, when a person is crucified, he could last a day or more on the cross.  To shorten the death, the soldiers would smash the leg bones so that the criminal would not be able to stand and thus would asphyxiate.  But Jesus was already dead, so there was no need to break His bones. 
     St. John writes "These things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled:  "Not one of his bones will be broken."
     See also Psalm 34:19-20:  A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers Him from them all.  He protects all His bones, not one of them will be broken."
     Even in His death, God controlled all the events.

Jesus fulfills the prophecy: I am thirsty

     Psalm 22 is the great Messianic psalm.  In vs. 18 there was the casting of the lots for Jesus's garments.  In vs. 15 we read:  "My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth."  If Jesus was beheaded like Paul, stoned like Stephen, hung on the gallows like Haman, death comes quickly.  Only when crucified do you thirst.
    In John 19:28 we read "Later, knowing that all was no completed, and so that the Scriptures would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.' "
     Once again, Jesus is in complete control, and prophecy after prophecy is fulfilled. 

Jesus fulfills the prophecy: dying on a tree

     For capital punishment in the New Testament era, the Jews stoned people to death.  For example, in Acts 7:57-58 the Sanhedrin stoned Stephen and in 14:5 the Jews plotted to stone Paul.  However, in Deuteronomy 21:23 we read "because anyone hung on a tree is under God's curse."  Jesus, to be under the curse, had to be crucified by the Romans, not stoned by the Jews.  And the Romans were reluctant to condemn Jesus.  Pilate said "Take Him yourself and judge Him by your own laws.  "But we have no right to execute anyone" the Jews objected.  This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled."  (John 18:32)
    Although Jesus was a captive, yet He was still in control of how He was going to die.  He had to die tree and Jesus engineered it so He would be killed by the Romans, not by the Jews.  Jesus controls the events because He is God.

Jesus fulfills the prophecy: crucified

     In Psalm 22:16 we read "they have pierced my hands and feet."  Once again this prophecy is fulfilled by the crucifixion. When I was in Israel I saw a skeleton from the Roman times.  (  So being crucified is the only way to have your hands and feet pierced.  Beheading, stoning, hanging, impaling, etc. do not pierce the hand and the feet.  But crucifixion does.  Jesus was crucified and by doing so, He fulfilled the prophecy.

Jesus fulfills the prophecy: cast lots for His garments

    Jesus is being crucified on the tree and yet He is still in control.  Although He is nailed to the cross and cannot lift a finger, yet He is in control.  His undergarment was "seamless, woven from the top to the bottom.  'Let's not tear it,' they said to one another.  'Let's decide by lot who will get it.' This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled which said, 'They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.' So this is what the soldiers did." (John 19:24-25)
       The prophecy is from the great Messianic psalm on Christ's death (Psalm 22).  In it we read "They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." (vs 18)
       Jesus, in control, made sure that the prophecy would be fulfilled, even though He was on the cross and humanly speaking could not do anything.  But in His deity, Jesus is in control.

Jesus predicted that His disciples would not be captured

St. John writes in 6:39:  "And this is the will of Him [His Father] who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day."  In chapter 17:12 we read that "None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled."  In 18:8-9 Jesus tells the soldiers to allow His disciples to go.  What power that the soon-to-be prisoner commanded the soldiers with weapons to allow His disciples to go.  They came for all, and only Jesus goes with them.  Even Peter, with a bloody sword having just attacked the high priest's servant and cut off his ear, is not taken.  Jesus had power over His enemies.  The prediction must come true, and it does.

Jesus Predicted Simon Peter's Denial IV

   Jesus not only predicted who would deny Him (Peter, one of the core three), and when (before the rooster crows), but also how many times (three).  John wrote:  "I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown Me three times!" (John 13:38)
    This is an amazing prediction because Jesus knew exactly how many times Peter would deny Him.  Peter could have denied Christ once, and then realizing what he had done, scampered away.  He could have denied Him twice and realizing that he might be found out and also seized, could have escaped.  But Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him three times.  There would not be one, two, or four denials, but exactly three denials. 
      Only if Jesus was God, could such a prediction have come to pass.

Jesus Predicted Simon Peter's Denial III

   Jesus had picked twelve apostles to follow Him.  Out of those twelve, there was an inner group of three apostles:  Peter, James, and John.  Jesus predicted that not a lesser known apostle, but one of the core three apostles would deny Him.  Peter, as one of the core three, had seen Jesus raise Jairus's daughter from the dead (Mk. 6:37).  Peter, as one of the core three, had seen Jesus transfigured (Mt. 17:1).  Peter, as one of the core three, would be with Jesus when he went further into the garden of Gethsemane to pray (Mt. 26:37).  Peter was the only apostle who had walked on the water (Mt 14:29).  From outward appearances, Peter should have been a stalwart.  However, since Jesus is God, Jesus knew that Peter, one of the core three, would deny  Him.

Jesus Predicted Simon Peter's Denial II

    Jesus not only predicted that the sword wielding Peter would deny him, but when it would occur, "before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times" (John 13:38).
    In my research I have found three possible explanations. 
1.)  a normal rooster.
2.)  the priest who was assigned to open the gates, something like a town crier, all is well.
3.)  reveille call by a Roman trumpeter.
     Whatever it was, I don't know.  I do know that Peter knew exactly what it was because after he denied knowing Christ, and the rooster crowed.  (John 18:27)

Jesus Predicted Simon Peter's Denial I

     After having just predicted that Judas Iscariot would betray Him, Jesus now predicted Simon Peter's denial.  Simon Peter vehemently declared his love for Christ ("I will lay down my life for you" John 13:37).  Simon Peter had a sword and when the temple guards and the Romans come to capture Jesus, he attacks Malchus's servant and tries to split his head.  He misses and cuts off an ear.  Yet Jesus predicted that Simon Peter would deny Him.
    Jesus is certainly God.  Who else could predict the future with such regularity?

Jesus Predicted His Resurrection and Ascension

  Jesus not only predicted His betrayal by Judas Iscariot, but also His resurrection and ascension into heaven.  John wrote "My children, I will be with you only a little longer.  You will look for me and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now:  Where I am going, you cannot come. . . . Where I am going, you  cannot follow now, but you will follow later" (John 13:33, 36). 
    Where was Jesus going that Peter could not follow?  If it was to the grave, then everyone goes there.  If they had not run away, they too could have been crucified.  Rather Jesus predicted that He would rise from the dead and then ascend into heaven.  If we believe, we too will be raised from the dead and we too will be taken up into heaven.
    Thank you Lord that we will not always be buried but that we will be raised.

Jesus Predicted Judas Iscariot's Betrayal

     At the Last Supper, Jesus predicted the betrayal of Judas.  There are 12 apostles and He knew that Judas would betray him.  None of the other disciples had a clue.   John wrote "His disciples stared at one another, at loss to know which of them He meant" (John 13:22).  Jesus knew and not a single of the other 11 apostles knew who the betrayer would be.
    Jesus, as God, knew what 11 other people could not figure out.

Jesus's Humility among the Miracles I

     St. John wrote that Jesus "now showed them the full extent of His love"  (John 13:1).  Jesus took off His outer clothing and then washed the disciples feet. 
     Although He had performed many miracles, seven of which John recorded, miracles so powerful that no one could repeat them, miracles so often (average of one per month for three years), that there was no doubt that He was God.  Yet He humbled Himself and washed the apostles' feet. 
     Although He was king, yet He had a servant's heart.

May we too have a servant's heart and serve others.