March 29, 2014

Scripture Is Fulfulled

John 19:31-37

These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled.
—John 19:36


The Bible is composed of 66 books written over the course of about 1,500 years. How can so many different authors from diverse time periods compose a book that fits so intricately together? The fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies in the life of Jesus is truly miraculous. Let’s look at just a few.

We see the suffering of Jesus in many psalms. Psalm 22 begins with “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It also talks about this person being mocked, people dividing his clothing, and people casting lots for his garments. Psalm 41:9 foresees Jesus’ betrayal: “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.” Psalm 27:12 says, “False witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.” And, quoting Psalm 31:5, Jesus says, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”

The prophets add many more examples. Only Jesus can wear the names mentioned in Isaiah 9:6: “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Only Jesus can fill the descriptions of Isaiah 53: taking up our pain and bearing our suffering; being pierced for our transgressions, and much more. Zechariah 13:7 adds that the sheep will scatter when their shepherd is stricken (see Mark 14:27).

In today’s uncertain times we need to reflect on the certainty of God’s Word. God’s promises always find their “Yes” in Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Father God, hold our lives together, we pray, through your Word in Christ. Thank you! Amen.

About the author — Dean Deppe

Dean Deppe has been a pastor in inner-city, suburban, and rural ­churches. Currently he teaches New Testament theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. His courses include one on the parables of Jesus. He and his wife have four grown children.

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