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Was Jesus Supposed To Die?

Posted by Mr. Nice Guy on July 24, 2009

I figured I’d make this post because some people don’t believe that Jesus had to die according to the Hebrew scriptures. People expected the Messiah to come and establish His kingdom on earth the first time around, but the scriptures were clear that He would die first. For those of you who like deep things, keep reading. If you like it simple, you should stop here.

Jesus said that He came to fulfill the scripture, so lets see if the OT supports His claim as far as His death is concerned.

1. He was crucified. (Luke 23:33)

David first prophesied this in Psalm 22:16. Zechariah again prophesies this in Zechariah 12:10.

Daniel prophesied that the Messiah would be “cut off” in Daniel 9:26. The word translated “cut off” is the Hebrew word “kareth” which means: to be executed for a capital crime. Jesus claimed to be God (John 8:58), which was a capital crime in Israel.

Stoning was the official form of capital punishment in Israel. They turned Him over to Pilate, the Roman because it was passover. The Roman’s form of capital punishment was crucifixion.

2. My God my God, why hast thou forsaken me (Matthew 27:46)?

I’m sure you’ve heard that before. Those are Jesus’ words as He hung on the cross. David prophesied those EXACT words in Psalm 22:1.

3. They cast lots for His clothes (Luke 23:34).

Casting lots is a little like playing dice. David also prophesied this in Psalm 22:18.

4. He died next to two thieves on a cross (Luke 23:39-41).

Not only did He hang next to the “transgressors” He also promised one that he would join Him in paradise. Isaiah gave the details in Isaiah 53:12.

5. He was burried in a rich man’s tomb (John 19:38 and Mark 15:43)

Joseph of Arimathaea was rich follower of Jesus. He served on the Jewish High Counsel known as the Sanheedrin. He followed Jesus in secret, and buried Him in a tomb that he had purchased for himself. (Isaiah 53:9)

6. He was beatin (Luke 22:63-64).

Isaiah 53:5, 50:6 gives a lot more detail on the torture He went through.

Those are only SIX of the OT prophesies that Jesus fulfilled by His death. There were a few more.  If you know statistics, the odds of one man fulfilling more than 10 starts to become a mathematical impossibility. Jesus fulfilled 150+ OT prophesies.

Based on just these six, it is pretty clear that the Jesus was supposed to die. Lots of people don’t understand how detailed the Bible is, all through it.  They simply look at it as a collection of stories, lessons, and rules, but it is vastly more complex than that. If you are one of those people that really likes to investigate what other people say, don’t take my word for it. Look up the verse I provided and read it for yourself. Here are a few other interesting prophecies surrounding Jesus’ death.

7. He would be wounded for His friends (John 20:26-28).

“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zechariah 13:6

I posted this verse because it is very deep.  If you remember the story of Doubting Thomas. The one that didn’t believe Jesus had been raised. He wanted to put his fingers in the holes in Jesus’ hands. Even though Zechariah was written centuries before the event, he is speaking as if it had already happened and the Messiah is telling him, that those are the very same wounds.

8. He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15).

Again, Zechariah 11:12 tells us that is how much they would pay.

9. The potter would end up with the 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 27:6-7).

Yep, Zechariah 11:13. God is talking to Zechariah and tells him to toss the 30 pieces to the potter because that was the price they had valued God at. Very interesting when you know the details.

The priests couldn’t accept the 30 pieces back into the treasury because it was blood money, so they used it to buy the potter’s field to bury the dead in.

10. He would be betrayed by a close friend (John 13:18-26)

David spoke of this in Psalm 41:9

How many of you have ever bother to explore and research what you believe and why you believe it? How many of you that don’t believe, have actually bothered to find out why you don’t believe? I’ve met many people that believe or don’t believe for many different reasons.  There are THREE things I’ve learned from both sets of people:

1. Most believers have blind faith. God doesn’t require blind faith. He has given us enough information that we can make an informed decision. We just have to be willing to accept what we learn.

2. Most non-believers don’t believe because another uninformed individual has told them something false, and they chose to believe a lie without investigating whether it is true or not.

3. The 3rd group is much like myself.  We seek and we find.  We search for knowledge and gain wisdom in the process. Very few things can be hidden from a man or woman intent on finding something.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2

God expects us to investigate. He doesn’t just want us to be content with what we already know, as some church people say. I’ve heard them say that if God wanted us to know, He would have put it in the Bible. That’s just being spiritually and mentally lazy IMHO. For you believers, the next time someone in church gives you that BS speech, ask them why this verse is in the Bible:

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

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