Subject: Evidences 51-66: The Death of Jesus Christ foretold for us in The Old Testament
We in America understand the phrase “Over my dead body”. It’s an English expression that someone says when they mean there is absolutely no way a person will allow something. It’s the same as saying “no way”. This is exactly what God the Father is saying to mankind with the Cross.
For anyone to end up in hell, they have to literally trample over the dead body of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son that He sent to be our Savior in three distinct ways: 1) save us FROM ourselves – how can anyone deny we have morally failed at one time and need a solution to the guilt we carry inside, and 2) save us TO a personal relationship with God, who promises to completely forgive each one of us by wiping away that guilt we willingly carry like a heavy weight on our backs, or a ball and chain shackled to our ankles, and 3) save us FROM the just punishment of eternal death we all deserve if we are intent on trusting in ourselves to carrying our guilt and refuse to trust Christ, whose already paid for it.
Why do you think Jesus Christ told us in John 8:32 & 36 that only He has the power to free us from our guilt and the penalty it brings: “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free… if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed”? Why would they willingly reject such a free offer?
But this is America, the land of “I can do anything I put my mind to”. How dare Jesus claim only He can “save” me, that I choose hell because Jesus says “no way” I’ll go there if I allow Him to have any say in my decision. Well, listen to the Bible (Hebrews 10:29): “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” God says I am “trampling over His body”, treating His sacrifice as a “common thing”, and “insulting God’s grace”. when I reject the free gift of Jesus Christ and trust in myself.
CS Lewis explains this in ‘The Great Divorce’: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.”
But the Christian message isn’t just an emotional plea to your heart – its also an intellectual plea to your mind. Remember that in the past five weeks we’ve been searching the Old Testament to lay out the solid factual evidences in history for Jesus Christ as the substance of our Christian faith, the only Man in history who meets all of the detailed 50 requirements for the coming Messiah, who fulfills God’s promise to provide a way for any of us to spend eternity in heaven one day with Him.
In this week’s article, we’re adding evidences 51-66, which are the detailed requirements for the death of the Savior of the world. Anyone who claims to be the Christ must also meet these requirements. Here they are, for your consideration:
51. Isaiah 50:6 (730BC) = He is publically struck and spit on fulfill in Jesus = Matthew 26:67
52. Psalm 22:7-8 (1000BC) = He is publically mocked and ridiculed fulfill in Jesus = Matthew 27:31
53. Psalm 69:4 (1000BC) = He is hated without a cause fulfill in Jesus = John 15:25
54. Isaiah 53:12 (730 BC) = He is crucified as a worthless criminal fulfill in Jesus = Matthew 27:38
55. Psalm 109:25 (1000BC) = People shake their heads at Him fulfill in Jesus = Matthew 27:39
56. Psalm 38:11 (1000BC) = Friends stand far off and watch Him die fulfill in Jesus = Luke 23:49
57. Psalm 22:1 (1000BC) = His forsaken cry while on the cross fulfill in Jesus = Matthew 27:40
58. Psalm 22:15, 69:21 (1000BC) = He suffers thirst on the cross fulfill in Jesus = John 19:28
59. Psalm 22:16 (1000BC) = His hands and feet are pierced fulfill in Jesus = Luke 23:33
60. Zechariah 12:10 (500BC) = His side is pierced during crucifixion fulfill in Jesus = John 19:34
61. Psalm 22:14 (1000BC) = His heart is broken during crucifixion fulfill in Jesus = Matthew 27:6-10
62. Psalm 34:20 (1000BC) = His bones are not broken during crucifixion fulfill in Jesus = John 19:34
63. Psalm 22:18 (1000BC) = His cast lots for His clothing fulfill in Jesus = John 19:23-24
64. Psalm 31:5 (1000BC) = He commits Himself in death to God fulfill in Jesus = Luke 23:46
65. Isaiah 53:12 (730BC) = He intercedes for sinners on the cross fulfill in Jesus = Luke 23:34
66. Isaiah 53:9 (730BC) = He is buried in a rich man’s tomb fulfill in Jesus = Matthew 27:57-60
Next week: we’ll put all these 66 prophecies together and apply the science of Forensics and Statistics, to demonstrate once again that trusting in Jesus Christ isn’t just necessary – its totally logical.