365 Prophecies: Prophecy 117
The intense anguish that the Messiah felt before His crucifixion.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 69:14-15 “Deliver me out of the mire, And let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, And out of the deep waters. Let not the floodwater overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up; And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 26:36-45 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”
Have you ever felt as if you were all alone in your suffering and anguish? Have you been distressed and perplexed over the things that people have done to you? When you needed a friend close by, were they unavailable, unwilling, or callously unaware of your need for their love and encouragement?
Many of the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah’s suffering are to bring us into an awareness of how He felt during the final moments of His life here on earth.
When Jesus was near the time of His arrest and the suffering that He would endure, it was the compassion of close friends that He desired most. Jesus looked for a trusted friend who would sit close by and whisper a few words of encouragement and comfort. Sadly, in Jesus hour of desperation none of His closest friends came to help Him. All those who were with Jesus had fallen fast asleep. The Lord was left all alone to bear the anguish and torture of what was ahead. In a few hours, He would take upon Himself the full weight of the world’s sin and become every filthy and vile act that has been done on the earth since Adam.
God wanted us to understand the emotions of those final hours that His Son experienced. He desired that we might comprehend the depth of emotional torture and abandonment that Jesus felt as He went to the cross for us. The depth of sorrow that Jesus encountered was magnified greatly by being forsaken by the very men who had pledged their hearts and lives to Him. When the Lord needed His friends the most, they were not there to help Him. Immediately, after Jesus was arrested at the Garden of Gethsemane, all of the disciples abandoned Him in fear that they would also be arrested and crucified. Hidden away behind locked doors, the men who had walked with Jesus for more than three years were nowhere to be found.
Prophecy 117 describes the mire and deep waters that swallowed Jesus up on the night before He would be viciously beaten and tortured to death on the cross. In considering what it must have been like for the Lord to suffer the anguish of that final night, we can catch a glimpse of the emotions that He must have felt. Matthew 26:36-45 records the fulfillment of this prophecy in the heart-wrenching despair that Jesus experienced, and how He stayed the course that was written for Him in the prophecies of the Messiah and fulfilled every word that God had spoken.