THE CRUCIFIXION PROPHECY
Did you know that Jesus’ crucifixion was a prophecy fulfilled? Jesus was born to die. He came to lay down His life for us, according to prophecy. See more Prophecy, a solid foundation
It is about 1000 BC. King David wrote a psalm, a prophetic portrait of the cross. We read “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? I am despised of the people. All my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. They pierced my hands and my feet. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” (Psalm 22)
Many years later, at the time of the crucifixion we read “My God , My God, why have you forsaken Me? When they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments by casting lots.” (Matthew 37) Also, they pierced Jesus’ hands and feet, when they drove the nails through.
The prophet Isaiah wrote about the crucifixion about 800 BC. “He is despised and rejected of men….. we esteemed him not. He was wounded for our transgressions…. bruised for our iniquities. All we like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.” (Isaiah 53)
The crucifixion was foretold long before it happened. To this day, this prophecy touches the Jewish people, like no other. There are many of these testimonies on One for Israel. See here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJn8g2oF7a4
PASSOVER, THE REHEARSAL
God instituted the passover for Israel to rehearse it every year. This writing is in the book of Exodus, the second book of the Torah. This is long before the prophets recorded it.
Exodus 12:3 and 6. “On the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the memberbers of the community of Israel must slaughter them.”
This was at the time when the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt. God was moving to bring them out, back to the promised land. He send various plagues to Egypt in order for the pharaoh to let them go. The tenth plague was the death of the first born in every household.
The Egyptians was in mayhem, but God told Israel what to do that they may live. Every family took for themselves a lamb without blemish. Four days later, they killed the lamb, painted the blood on the doorpost. That night the angel of death saw the blood and past by. We read about it in Exodus. Exodus 12:29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt.
There was not a house in Egypt that was not touched by death. Except the houses where the blood was on the doorpost. Those escaped death.
This passover lamb was the substitute for the Lamb of God, that one day would come, that we may live. Israel rehearsed it over and over, and still they did not recognise the Lamb of God.
LAMB OF GOD, CRUCIFIED
On the 10th of Nisan, in the year 33 AD, it is time to celebrate passover. The Jews bring there lambs into Jerusalem. The lambs are being inspected, for four days. Every lamb has to be without any blemish, according to the laws of the Torah, given by God.
On the other side of Jerusalem, Jesus came riding on a donkey into Jerusalem. The people, and later Pilate examined Jesus and found no blemish. Luke 23:13-15 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man. I have examined him in your presence.”
Peter wrote about this in 1 Peter 1:19 the precious blood of christ, as of a lamb without blemish.
God allows the religious leaders of the time to reject the Lamb of God. On the 14th of Nisan, four days later, they crucified Jesus Christ. They missed the Lamb of God. Instead, the people went back home to slain the substitute lamb. To this day they are still using the substitute, while waiting for the promised Messiah.
EVEN THE DONKEY IS IN PROPHECY
In the year 500 BC the prophet Zechariah wrote about the donkey. “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. (Zechariah 9:9)
A few hundred years later Jesus rode into Jerusalem, according to prophecy. We read in Matthew 21:2 Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.
All this in order for Jesus to enter into Jerusalem according to prophecy. John 12:14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy.
BEFORE TIME BEGAN
Jesus was not murdered, because no one can take His life from Him. The plan was for Jesus to die for the sins of the world. 1 Corinthians 2:8 “We declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Jesus moment of victory was at the cross. This event divided time into BC and AD when the world took notice. Even in death, He reigned. Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
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