Fulfilled Prophecy

Fulfilled prophecy of Jesus' crucifixion

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JOHN 19 BIBLE STUDY
6-18 Crucify Him
19-24 King of the Jews
25-27 His Mother
28-30 (A) Father, Forgive Them
28-30 (B) It Is Finished
28-30 (C) Sour Wine
31-35 Broken Legs

36-37 Fulfilled Prophecy

38-42 Joseph of Arimathea
JOHN 19:36-37  36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”

Is there any other significance to Jesus being pierced?
Yes, it fulfilled the prophecy, "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced..." (Zachariah 12:10)

What about Jesus’ legs not being broken?
That fulfilled another prophecy: "He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken." (Psalm 34:20)

Were any other prophecies fulfilled?
Prophecies about Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus are found throughout the Old Testament. One of them, spoken through David 1,000 years in advance describes the details of His crucifixion long before that method of execution was even invented, as well as His cry from the cross: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?... 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!”... I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; you have brought Me to the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots." (Psalm 22:1,7-8,14-18) Still another prophecy, given through Isaiah about 700 years in advance, explains the reason for Jesus' sacrifice, and foretells His death with the robbers ("with the wicked") and His burial by rich men ("with the rich at His death"): "3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked, but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:3-12)

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