In the last article of this series, we looked at 8 prophecies concerning Jesus Christ that were literally fulfilled. In part 4, we are going to take a look at some other prophesies that Jesus fulfilled during his crucifixion that were all predicted in the book of Psalms.
In Psalm 69:21 we read:
“They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
The New Testament fulfillment is found in Matthew 27:34:
“They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall.”
In Psalm 22:16 we read:
“…they pierced by hands and my feet”
And in Matthew 27:35:
“And they crucified him…”
It is important to note that piercing the hands and feet is peculiar only to death by crucifixion, and that when the Old Testament prophecy had been given, the Romans had not yet invented this terrible method of execution.
In Psalm 22: 18 we read:
“They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
In Matthew 27:35:
“…and parted his garments, casting lots.”
In Psalm 22:8 the prophesy is given concerning the mockers during his death:
“He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him…”
And in Matthew 27:46 notice the nearly identical language used:
“He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said I am the Son of God.”
Finally, in Psalm 22:1 we read:
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?…”
Jesus used these exact words on the cross recorded in Matthew 27:46:
“Jesus cried with a loud voice…my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
In the last article we looked at the odds of 8 prophecies being fulfilled perfectly in one person and the number was astronomical. Now imagine adding these 5 to those 8. The odds would nearly be doubled. A skeptic may say that it would be easy for someone to use revisionist history to make it appear as though Jesus fulfilled these prophecies. Those that make such statements have not taken the time to research how we were given the text of the King James Bible or the strict rules used for copying the underlying manuscripts down through the years in the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
The Bible is a unique book because it is almost two thirds prophecy, much of which has already been fulfilled literally. In the next article we will look at how archaeology proves the accuracy of scripture.