Christ’s Crucifixion Prophesied

ArtBook__057_057__TheCrucifixion____I am teaching through the book of Mark and we have arrived at the crucifixion of Christ. We are going to look at Psalm 22, a psalm written 1,000 years before Christ, and about 500 years before the act of crucifixion was known in the Middle East. In other words, the psalmist is written about a torturous device that he knew nothing about.In order to review what we have learned in the past couple of lessons, please read the following article:

I want to compare Psalm 22 with what we learn in Mark 15.

I. Prophecy

The first prophecy is found in verse 1. In fact, the opening of Psalm 22 is quoted by Jesus while He is on the cross.

1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
2 O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest. (Psalm 22)

Keep in mind, this Psalm was written 1,000 years before Christ.

At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” which is translated, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” (Mark 15:34)

II. Prophecy

The next prophecy is found in verses 6-8 of Psalm 22.

6 But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people.
7 All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,
8 “Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

When the Messiah is on the cross, He will be mocked and taunted.

29 Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
30 save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”
31 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. (Mark 15)

While on the cross, Jesus is mocked and taunted by the people in attendance. Notice what they say to Him in verse 32.

“Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him. (Mark 15)

The mockers claim that they will “believe” if Jesus will come down from the cross. They want Jesus to prove that He is God, but, they want Him to do it on their terms. Jesus is going to prove that He is God, but, He is going to do it on His own terms by raising from the dead. This is the same line of argument that Satan used when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. If You are God, then prove it on my terms. Jesus’ response was proving that He is God, on His own terms, without giving in to temptation. Also, if Jesus were to come down from the cross, their “faith” would have been in vain because they would not have the ability to be reconciled with God, having someone pay the price for their sin debt.

III. Prophecy

The next prophecy is about things that happen to a victim of crucifixion. Again, the author of the psalm would have no knowledge of crucifixion.

I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. (Psalm 22:14)

While on the cross, a victim’s joints are dislocated.

IV. Prophecy

In verse 16 of Psalm 22, we learn of a prophecy over which the Messiah would have no control.

For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

The reference to dogs is a reference to the Gentiles who would carry out the crucifixion. The reference to evildoers is a reference to the two robbers who would be crucified along with the Messiah.

27 They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left.
28 [And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with transgressors.”]

39 When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”  (Mark 15)

Jesus did not have control over whom would carry out His crucifixion or over whom would be crucified with Him. In spite of this, the prophecy was fulfilled exactly as it was written 1,000 years before the event.

V. Results

The text reveals the results of Jesus’ crucifixion. There are 3 things revealed to us.

37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.
38 And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
39 When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15)

These three results are vital for our relationship with God.

  1. Jesus’ final words – The Gospel writer, Mark, does not reveal to us what Jesus’ final words are. Don’t worry, we have a record of His final words. The Gospel writer, John, reveals to us that Jesus’ final words are: “It is finished!” This means that the task is complete. Jesus paid the sin debt for all mankind so that we may be forgiven and enter into a personal relationship with God.
  2. The veil is torn – Now that we are able to be forgiven of our sins, we can also enter into the presence of God. Before Christ’s crucifixion, the veil in the temple kept the people away from the presence of God for their own good. Unholy people cannot be in the presence of a Holy God. We would die immediately. The veil said to the people, “stay out!” (for your own good) Now that the veil has been torn, God says, “come in to My presence”. Because of Christ’s crucifixion, we are able to live in the presence of the Lord.
  3. Faith – The key component to having our sins forgiven and being able to enter into the presence of God is faith. We see the centurion come to faith in Christ. His confession is similar to the confession that Peter made when asked who is Jesus. His confession is, “this man is God”.

Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ, accepting the fact that He is God? Do you understand the beauty of Jesus’ crucifixion? He died in your place (in my place) so that you are able to have your sins forgiven and enter into the presence of God? Have you studied the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, and do you know how they are all fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ? Do you trust the Word of God? I pray that, like the centurion, we will take a long, hard look at the evidence and come to the same conclusion, Jesus is God and I need to place my faith in Him and His finished work on the cross. May the Lord help us understand this eternal truth and apply it to our daily lives!

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