365 Prophecies: Prophecy 115
The Messiah will come to His own people—the Jews, but they will not receive Him.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 69:7-8 “Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother’s children…”
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 1:10-12 “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name…”
Luke 22:52-54 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance.
Luke 23:46-49 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last. So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Luke 8:19-21 Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.” But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
This prediction is similar to Prophecy 93, from Psalms 31:11.
Psalms 31:11 “I am a reproach among all my enemies, But especially among my neighbors, And am repulsive to my acquaintances; Those who see me outside flee from me.”
God had promised salvation by His Messiah—first to the Jew (Prophecy 168), then to the nations of the world (Prophecy 205, Prophecy 269). All of the Old Testament prophecies speak of the Messiah as born in Bethlehem (Prophecy 321), living in Nazareth (Prophecy 180), and dying for the sins of the world at Jerusalem (Prophecy 277).
We might ask: “Why are there more than one prophecy that predicts the same event?” The most probable answer is, the Holy Spirit has determined to confirm certain prophecies by the mouth of two or three witnesses.
Deuteronomy 19:15 “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.”
Certain predictions that are repeated may be of greater importance to the Spirit of God; therefore, He emphasizes these scriptures by recording the same event multiple times. Because the Messiah will be condemned to die according to scriptures, His death must be confirmed by at least two witnesses, as Deuteronomy 19:15 establishes.
The suffering of the Messiah for the sins of the world is confirmed by many prophecies from the Old Testament and fulfilled in the narrative of the New Testament. This is so that—out of the mouth of these many witnesses, the Savior’s death and resurrection is confirmed by the full counsel of God’s word.
The leaders rejected Him
In this 115th Prophecy of Psalms 69:7-8, the Messiah will come to His own people, and they will not receive Him. Though the Jews had long been informed of His arrival, when Jesus stood before the nation with all of the credentials required to confirm that He was the Messiah, the leaders of Israel would not receive Him. Only a few of those who saw Jesus and heard His words, stood at the entrance to Jerusalem on the day He arrived in Jerusalem and proclaimed: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Matthew 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
The people rejected Him
When Pilate brought Jesus before the people of Israel and asked who they wanted released; Barabbas or Jesus, the people cried out for Barabbas and Jesus was crucified.
Luke 23:18-21 With one voice they cried out, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.) 20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (NIV)
His own disciples rejected Him
Even Peter, who had so vehemently proclaimed his complete allegiance to Jesus—when the Lord was in His darkest hour, ready to bear the sins of the world, Peter could not stand up to a simple servant girl who proclaimed that he was one of Jesus’ followers. When Jesus was arrested by the soldiers at the Garden of Gethsemane all the disciples fled and hid themselves, fearing for their own lives. Not one person stood with the Lord in His final hours to comfort and encourage Him during His torture and suffering.
Psalms 69:7-8 proclaims that Jesus bore this shame and reproach for our sakes. He was ignored, rejected, and mocked, because of our sins. It was for our Salvation and the future glory that would be His—that He endured the cross and all the shame.
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.