by D Berg
Around 1000 B.C. King david prophesied: "Dogs have surrounded Me: A band of wicked men have encircled Me: They pierced My hands and My feet. I can count all My bones. People stare and gloat over over Me.
They divide My garments among them, and cast lots upon My clothing." --Psalm 22:16-18 (Prophecy given around 1000 B.C.) (See also Zechariah 12:10; 13:6)
That was written by King David, who died a natural death (recorded in 1Kings Chapter 1), so he was not talking about himself.
But being a Prophet, he predicted the type of death that Christ would die!
As it says in the New Testament, "then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus (pierced hands and feet), took His garments and divided them into four parts, a part to every soldier; His undergarment remained.
Now this garment was without seam, woven in one peace from top to bottom.
They said therefore to one another, Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots for it, to see whose it shall be." -- John 19:23,24
Crucifixion, incidentally, was not practiced by Jews of David's time. (They killed criminals by stoning!) --
But David predicted this type of death for the Messiah -- a method of execution that was to become one of the principal means of execution by the Roman Empire ten centuries later!
Here is another prophecy by David regarding "The Righteous", or the Messiah:
"Many are the afflictions of The Righteous, but...He (God) keeps all His bones: Not one of them is broken." -- Psalm 34:19-20. (Prophecy given about 1,000 B.C.)
Many of God's righteous servants have had their bones broken, especially in their martyrdom --
But Jesus was "The righteous", "My righteous Servant", as God called Him, Who through His death would "justify many", or make them righteous. -- Isaiah 53: 11-12.
And to prove that He was "the Righteous" Who would "justify many",
God did not let any of His bones be broken!
Jesus was crucified on the eve of the feast day of the Passover. To ensure that the bodies of the two thieves and Jesus wouldn't be hanging there on the cross during the Jews' holy day (death by crucifixion sometimes took days),
they broke the legs of the thieves, causing their bodies to sag,cutting of their respiration and bringing a quick death.
"But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they did not break His legs." -- John 19:31-33
Jesus was "the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the World" (John 1:29),
and was crucified at the time of the Jewish Passover, a religious festival when all the Jewish households killed a lamb as a sacrificial sin offering.
Right at the same time, Jesus, "the Lamb of God", died for the sins of Mankind.
The Lord had commanded that none of the Passover lamb's bones were to be broken (Exodus 12:46), and Jesus' death fulfilled this specific point also!
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