Reflect: As Jesus hung on the cross, He was experiencing the absolute worst physical pain imaginable. He had been given 39 harsh lashes, a crown of thorns had pierced the top of his head, He was spit on, ridiculed and iron spikes driven through His hands and His feet. Then, he hung on the cross for three hours, being mocked, dehydrated, and tortured as He was gasping for each breath. With Jesus last breath He pronounced, “It is finished.” The Greek word here is “teleioō.” It means to become thoroughly or entirely accomplished; becoming perfect or complete. The prophecies that were spoken about Him up until his death were completed. Let’s look at some of the fulfillments of Old Testament prophecies referring to Jesus’ death. These are important to note because it is evidence that God is who He says he is and does what He says He will do. Three of these fulfillments of prophecy that were in these verses are:
• Psalm 22:15, “My strength is dried up like a piece of a broken clay pot. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. And You lay me in the dust of death.” This refers to Jesus saying on the cross when He said, “I am thirsty,” in verse 28.
• Psalm 34:20, “He keeps all his bones safe. Not one of them is broken.” John 19:33, “They did not break His legs.”
• Zechariah 1:10, “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a first born son.” John 19:34, “… one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear…”