Prophecies fulfilled when Jesus died

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The last twenty-four hours of Jesus' life fullfilled a large number of Old Testament prophecies. In this short period he would be arrested, abandoned by his disciples, undergo TWO trials, tortured, mocked, then crucified until he died.

The first fulfilled prophecy below took place on the Monday before Jesus' crucifixion on Wednesday. All the other Old Testament prophecies delineated below took place between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the day our Savior died for our sins. For more information, please see our timeline of the last days of Christ!

Jesus betrayed by friend for silver

Even a man, my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me (Psalm 41:9, HBFV throughout).

And I said to them, "If it is good, give me my price; and if not, let it go." So they weighed my price - thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12).

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, and said, "What are you willing to give me, and I will deliver Him (Jesus) up to you?" And they offered him thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14 - 15).

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And the Lord said to me, "Throw it to the potter" - the princely price at which I was valued by them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the Lord (Zechariah 11:13).

And after throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he (Judas) went out and hanged himself. But the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood."

And after taking counsel, they bought a potter’s field with the pieces of silver, for a burial ground for strangers (Matthew 27:5 - 7).

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Jesus forsaken by disciples

"Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man who is My companion," says the Lord of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. And I will turn My hand upon the little ones (Zechariah 13:7).

Then they (the disciples at Gethsemane) all forsook Him and fled (Mark 14:50).

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False witnesses testify against Jesus

Deliver me not over to the will of my enemies, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and he that breathes out violence (Psalm 27:12, see also 35:11).

Now the chief priests and the elders and the whole Sanhedrin sought false evidence against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death; But they did not find any. Although many false witnesses came forward, they did not find any evidence (Matthew 26:59 - 60).

Jesus wont defend himself, becomes Passover lamb

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth (Isaiah 53:7).

And the chief priests were vehemently accusing Him of many things; but He answered nothing (Mark 15:3).

For Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us (1Corinthians 5:7, see also 1Peter 1:18 - 20).

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Jesus tortured beyond recognition

I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting (Isaiah 50:6).

Many were astonished at Him - for His body was so disfigured - even His form beyond that of the sons of men (Isaiah 52:14).

. . . but after scourging Jesus, he delivered Him up so that He might be crucified . . . And they stripped Him and put a scarlet cloak around Him. And after platting a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a rod in His right hand; and bowing on their knees before Him, they mocked Him, and kept on saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

Then, after spitting on Him, they took the rod and struck Him on the head. When they were done mocking Him . . . and led Him away to crucify Him (Matthew 27:26, 28 - 31).

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Openly mocked, many shake their heads

All who see Me mock Me; they shoot out the lip; they shake the head, saying, "He trusted on the Lord; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, since He delights in Him!" (Psalm 22:7 - 8).

Then those who were passing by railed at Him, shaking their heads . . . "He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him. For He said, 'I am the Son of God.'" (Matthew 27:39, 43).

Given vinegar to drink

They also gave Me gall for My food; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21).

Now a vessel full of vinegar was sitting there. And after filling a sponge with vinegar and putting it on a stick of hyssop, they put it up to His mouth. And so, when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, "It is finished." (John 19:29 - 30).

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Forsaken by God

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me, and why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning? (Psalm 22:1).

And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" That is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46).

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His hands, feet pierced

My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws . . . they have pierced My hands and My feet; and You have brought Me into the dust of death. I can count all My bones; they look and gloat over Me (Psalm 22:15 - 17, see also Zechariah 12:10).

But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs; But one of the soldiers had pierced His side with a spear (John 19:34).

But he (Thomas) said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in His hands, and put my finger into the nail marks, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe at all." (John 19:25).

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Lots cast for his clothes

They divide My garments among them and cast lots upon My vesture (Psalm 22:18).

Now the soldiers, after they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, a part for each soldier, and the coat also. But the coat was seamless, woven in one piece from the top all the way throughout.

For this reason, they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots for it to determine whose it shall be" (John 19:23 - 24).

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Family, friends see suffering

My loved ones and My friends stand apart from My plague; and My neighbors stand far off (Psalm 38:11).

And all the people who had gathered together to this sight, after seeing the things that took place, returned beating their breasts. But all those who knew Him stood off at a distance observing these things, the women also who had accompanied Him from Galilee (Luke 23:48 - 49).

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Considered a criminal, prays for his murderers

Therefore I will divide to Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He has poured out His soul to death; and He was counted among the transgressors; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors (Isaiah 53:12).

And when they came to the place called Place of a Skull, there they crucified Him and the malefactors, one on the right and one on the left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:33 - 34).


Jesus suffered for our healing, sins

Surely He has borne our infirmities, and carried our sorrows . . . But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed . . . and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all . . .You shall make His life an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:4 - 6, 10).

For rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, although perhaps someone might have the courage even to die for a good man. But God commends His own love to us because, when we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:7 - 8).

Like Passover lamb bones not broken

He keeps all His bones; not one of them is broken (Psalm 34:20, see also Exodus 12:43 - 46).

But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs (John 19:33).

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His side would be pierced

. . . And they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced (Zechariah 12:10).

But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs; But one of the soldiers had pierced His side with a spear (John 19:34).

Spirit commended to God

Into Your hand I commit My spirit . . . (Psalm 31:5).

And after crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" (Luke 23:46).

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Jesus buried in rich man's tomb

And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; although He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth (Isaiah 53:9).

And when evening was coming on, a rich man of Arimathea came, named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. After going to Pilate, he begged to have the body of Jesus . . .

And placed it in his new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock . . . (Matthew 27:57 - 58, 60).

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