365 Prophecies: Prophecy 136
The suffering of the Messiah, described in vivid detail.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 102:1-11 Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble; Incline Your ear to me; In the day that I call, answer me speedily. For my days are consumed like smoke, And my bones are burned like a hearth. My heart is stricken and withered like grass, So that I forget to eat my bread. Because of the sound of my groaning My bones cling to my skin. I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert. I lie awake, And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop. My enemies reproach me all day long; Those who deride me swear an oath against me. For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping, Because of Your indignation and Your wrath; For You have lifted me up and cast me away. My days are like a shadow that lengthens, And I wither away like grass.
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 19:16-30 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ ” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Psalm 102 is clearly Messianic as it contains several references to the suffering and reproach that He will experience while on the cross, similar to Psalm 22.
It would be difficult to imagine what it would be like to be crucified. Even more impossible to imagine is the moment that the Son of God felt completely isolated from His Father because the sins of the world were being placed upon Him.
Psalm 102 is a vivid description of the future suffering of the Messiah and how He felt as the face of God was hidden from His view because He had become the sins of the world. The heart within this body prepared for Him from the foundation of the world was broken by the weight of every man’s grief and despair. Sin heaped upon Him at the moment He was crucified for us. As Jesus hung in agony, He watched His clothing being gambled for by Roman soldiers; the mocking, spitting, and cursing of those who stood at the foot of His cross. The wrath of God for all human sins that had been stored up since the world was first inhabited by Adam, now placed upon Jesus sinless and perfect life. For all the terrible things that men have done for all time, the Messiah was feeling the full power of God’s wrath upon Himself.
It was for all the horrible events that have taken place in your life that Jesus bore all of God’s wrath. The sorrow, the pain, the betrayal, and abandonment you feel. The heavy burden of guilt that we carry upon our backs that grinds upon our mind and never departs. The people who have used us, the friends who have abused us. The sorrow, the neglect, the sickness, and ultimately—death itself. Nothing remains of the former pain and suffering of this life—under the sacrifice that Jesus has made for each one of us. When we come to the Messiah and receive the sacrifice He has accomplished, all of the terrible things of this life are erased and cast away as if they never existed.
The death of Jesus is about forgiveness and restoration of human life—back to the place where God originally intended it reside.
This incredible Psalm, written a thousand years before Jesus was born, is stunning proof that prophecy and the fulfillment of these events—has its source in the desire of God to reveal His Son to us as the Savior of the world.