He is the Lamb who was slain before the creation of the world. (1 Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8) This is and always was God’s plan. (Isaiah 53:10) How do we know that? It was foretold. Again and again and again.
- Prophesy: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Gen. 3:15).
Fulfillment: “‘Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.” But He said this to signify by what death He was about to die. (John 12:31-33
- Prophesy: “Even a man, my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” (Psa. 41:9)
Fulfillment: Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order that he might deliver Him up to them. And after hearing this, they were delighted and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him. (Mark 14:10-11).
- Prophesy: “‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man who is My companion,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Strike the Shepherd [Jesus], and the sheep shall be scattered.’ ” ( 13:7).
Fulfillment: Then they all forsook Him and fled. (Mark 14:50
- Prophesy: “So they weighed my price—thirty pieces of silver.” (Zech. 11:12).
Fulfillment: ‘What are you willing to give me, and I will deliver Him up to you?’ And they offered him thirty pieces of silver. (Matt. 26:15).
- Prophesy: “And the LORD said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’—the princely price at which I was valued by them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.” (Zech. 11:13)
Fulfillment: Now when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He was condemned, he changed his mind and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, ‘I have sinned and have betrayed innocent blood.’ But they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it yourself.’ And after throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he went out and hanged himself. But the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.’ And after taking counsel, they bought a potter’s field with the pieces of silver, for a burial ground for strangers. (Matt. 27:3-7)
- Prophesy: “I gave My back to the smiters [scourgers], and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.” (Isa. 50:6).
Fulfillment: Then he released Barabbas to them; but after scourging Jesus, he delivered Him up so that He might be crucified. Then the governor’s soldiers, after taking Jesus with them into the Praetorium, gathered the entire band against Him; and they stripped Him and put a scarlet cloak around Him. And after platting a crown of thorns, they put it on His head; and a rod in His right hand; and bowing on their knees before Him, they mocked Him, and kept on saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ Then, after spitting on Him, they took the rod and struck Him on the head. (Matt. 27:26-30)
- Prophesy: Surely He has borne our infirmities, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned each one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all…. Yet the LORD willed to crush Him and He has put Him to grief: You shall make His life an offering for sin. He shall see His seed; He shall prolong His days, and that the purpose of the LORD might prosper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His soul. He shall be fully satisfied. “By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; and He shall bear their iniquities.” (Isa. 53:4-6, 10-11)
Fulfillment: Therefore, he then delivered Him up to them so that He might be crucified. Now they took Jesus and led Him away; and He went out bearing His own cross to the place called ‘A Skull,’ which is called in Hebrew, ‘Golgotha’; where they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on this side and one on the other side, and Jesus in the middle. Now Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And it was written, ‘Jesus the Nazarean, the King of the Jews’. (John 19:16-19)