365 Prophecies: Prophecy 242
Those who see the Messiah suffering will think that His punishment is for His own sins.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 53:4c … Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 27:39-43 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
On the afternoon that Jesus was crucified, there were two criminals on either side of Him, who were also dying. They had made such a mess of their lives, that they were about to pay for their crimes.
Not so for Jesus. The testimony of all those who had known Him intimately for many years is that He had never sinned.
Hebrews 4:15 (Paul) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
1 Peter 1:19 (Peter) but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
There is not a single reference in the Bible where Jesus is said to have committed a sin. When Pilate came face to face with Jesus, his observation and judgment was: I find no fault in Him.
Luke 23:4 So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”
In order for anyone to accuse Jesus of sin, their accusations would have to be contrived. It is said that when the Jews were seeking to convict Jesus of crimes serious enough to put Him to death, they went looking for false testimony of His guilt.
Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, 60 but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward 61 and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’ ”
In order to place blame on Jesus which would necessitate His death, people had to lie about Him.
Many of those who observed the accusations against Jesus, believed Him to be guilty, by the false testimony of those who sought His death. They were led to believe that Jesus had committed crimes worthy of death because the religious leaders of Israel had said that He was guilty. Today, people make the same fatal error in their evaluation of Jesus. They accept the testimony of others about who Jesus is, rather than doing the important work of investigation themselves.
Isaiah prophesied that when the Messiah would be put to death, those who observed His punishment would believe that He was being punished by God for His own evil deeds.
…Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
Let us consider the impossibility of this prophecy.
First, that the Messiah would be accused of sin and put to death, was an unthinkable consideration for most Jews of that day. According to the Hebrew scriptures, the Messiah would be without sin: Prophecy 1, Prophecy 21, Prophecy 164
Second, He would be the Eternal God who made the heavens and the earth. Since God is eternal, it is impossible that He could die; therefore, the Messiah could not die: Prophecy 20, Prophecy 50, Prophecy 132, Prophecy 174
This was two points of stumbling for the Jews concerning Jesus at the time that He arrived in Jerusalem, and they are still insurmountable problems for the Jews today.
First, that He claimed to be God.
Second, if He is God, then how could He die?
Many Jews today reject Jesus as the Messiah because He was put to death for crimes which He was convicted of by the Sanhedrin of Israel. Equally important in the mind of the Jews today is the fact that if Jesus was truly the promised Messiah, how is it that He could die; for the scriptures describe Messiah as living forever? Still, others reject Jesus because they do not believe that the Messiah will be God at all, but simply a normal human being who has been sent by God.
The facts are: the Hebrew scriptures teach both: The Messiah will be God, and the Messiah will be put to death.
It is true that God cannot die because He is eternal. What is not often considered is that God will be dwelling in the body of a man as He comes to earth as the Messiah. When the Messiah dies, it will be the body of a man that will perish, not the eternal Spirit of God. When the Messiah is raised from the dead on the third day, He will live in the resurrected body of a man forever. It was the power of the Eternal Spirit of God that had been dwelling within the body of Jesus, which raised His human body back to life and gave Him the right to defeat death forever.
Many of the Hebrew scriptures speak of these things in vivd detail, which is the subject of this book. To list and evaluate all of the Hebrew scriptures and then compare them to the actual words and deeds of Jesus of Nazareth, with application—this is the purpose for my work in “The Prophecies of the Messiah.” As those who observed Jesus’ suffering at His crucifixion falsely assumed that He was dying for His own sins, as Isaiah predicted in this 242nd prophecy, so also today do people continue to assume that Jesus could not be the Messiah, based on a similar false assumption.
When the evidence is examined, it is clear that God told us ahead of time that He would be dwelling in the body of a man as the Messiah, being called Immanuel (God with us).
The Messiah will be God, living in the body of a man.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin (Almah) shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (God with us).
God also said that the Messiah would die, as is so vividly described in Isaiah Chapter 53 which is the subject of Prophecies 233-270; as well as Psalm 22, Prophecies 71-87.
The 55 Prophecies of the Cross:
Who will believe?
He will come from a poor family.
No Physical Beauty
He will be despised.
He will be rejected.
He is a man of sorrows.
They will hide from Him.
He will bear our griefs.
He will carry our sorrow.
Thought to suffer for His own sins.
He will pay for our sins.
He will make peace for us.
By His scourging, we are healed.
He will bear all our sins.
All our sins will be laid on Him.
He will be oppressed and afflicted.
He will not defend Himself.
Led as a Lamb to the slaughter.
He will be arrested.
His trials will be unjust.
He will be killed.
His life is the payment for our sins.
Buried in a rich man’s gravesite.
Accused, but innocent.
He will bear witness of the truth.
It pleased God to punish Him for us.
His life, an offering for our sins.
He will see those whom He has saved.
His salvation for us will succeed.
He will see His plan ahead of time.
He will come as the servant of God.
He will justify those who believe.
He will bear all of our sins.
His name exalted above all names.
He will pour out His life for us.
He will be killed with criminals.
He will bear the sins of the world.
He will pray for those who kill Him.
The Prophecies of Psalm 22
Forsaken by God.
He will cry out to God.
He will be despised and rejected.
People will wag their heads in disgust.
They will say: He trusted in the Lord.
Born to be the Savior of the world.
He will die from a ruptured heart.
He will thirst while on the cross.
Onlookers will hate and mock Him.
His hands and feet will be pierced.
He will hang naked before the world.
His clothing will be gambled for.
While dying, He is fully committed to God.
The devil will try to kill Him on the cross.
By His death and resurrection, the world will learn of His love.
He will be given dominion of the earth.
Eyewitnesses will send word of Him to the world.