Before the beginning of time and the creation of the heavens and the earth, God planned for the sacrifice of His one and only son as the Lamb of God to redeem us from sin. God laid out His plan of salvation in the pages of the Old Testament written down hundreds of years before Jesus was born.
There are many scriptures of prophecy concerning Jesus. Scripture tells us where He would be born, what He would be do, how He would die and so much more. One of most eye opening prophecies and its fulfillment concerns the details of the crucifixion of Jesus.
God gave us a detailed description in Psalm 22 of the method by which Jesus would die long before the idea of crucifixion ever formed in the mind of man. Crucifixion as a means of torture and death had been invented by the Assyrians and used by the Greeks years before the Romans took command. However, the Romans perfected this form of torture way beyond the limits of the others in order to inflict the most pain on their victims and thus extend the length of life causing them to experience a slow, painful death. Some could linger as many as three days.
The following are verses taken from the Psalm 22 passage with corresponding verses from the New Testament concerning Jesus’ death.
Ps 22: 1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!” These very words were spoken by Jesus on the cross in Matt 27: 46 perhaps to bring to the mind of the Pharisees and priests David’s psalm describing the crucifixion and was also a woeful plea from Jesus during His separation from the Father because of the sin of the world that He was now bearing on the cross.
Ps 22: 6-8 “But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads; “He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him.”Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
Matt 27: 39-42 “Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!’ In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! He is the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
Ps 22: 14-15 “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My Heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.” This scripture describes the physical trauma to the body during crucifixion. Difficulty breathing, joints out of place, dehydration and damage to the heart and internal organs. Near death, Jesus calls for water in John 17: 28 …“I thirst”.
Ps 22: 16-18 “…a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
This verse mentioning the piercing of the hands and feet refers to crucifixion. Fulfillment of the Ps 22 verse above was described in John 19: 23-24 “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another, “let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
Almighty God, Creator and Sustainer of all, laid out the details of His plan in His book: the Holy Bible. He desires for you to believe that Jesus died for your sin. The choice to believe is up to you.