The Christian faith is built upon the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. Jesus’ death removed the barrier of sin between humankind and God, and brought into being a new era of relationship.
Prophecies given hundreds of years before Jesus was even born were precisely fulfilled when Jesus died. Every one of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion was carried out.
The Old Testament prophesied that Jesus’ soldiers would pierce his hands and feet, cast lots for his clothing, and hurl insults at him. This prophecy was, indeed, fulfilled.
Mark 15:25-32 says, ‘It was the third hour when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: ‘the King of the Jews” . Those who passed by hurled insults at him in the same way the chief priests and teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. (See also Ps. 22:16-18; John 19:23-24).
Another Old Testament prophecy predicted that none of Jesus’ bones would be broken. This prophecy was carried out as well. John 19:33 says, ‘But when they came to Jesus, and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. (See also Ps. 34:20; Zech. 12:10.)
Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be despised and rejected by men, and in addition would experience much sorrow and suffering. Jesus certainly did face sorrow and rejection. During his ministry Jesus was rejected by some of his followers (John 6:66), the Pharisees (John 7:47-53), Judas Iscariot (Matt. 26:14-16), Peter (Matt. 26:69-75), and even God the Father (Matt. 27:46).
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