When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” John 19:23-24a
That the Messiah was to arrive during the time we now call the first century was no surprise to the Jews living at that time. God in His Word had supplied ample clues to not only the time of the Messiah’s coming but also how to recognize Him. John and to a much greater extent Matthew showed just how Jesus had fulfilled the messianic prophesies During the life of Jesus many false messiahs had sprung up and while some had followings they were all relegated to the dustbin of history. For one reason or another they just did not measure up to what God said the Messiah would be.
Then we have Jesus. Jesus was the fulfillment of prophesy. From the time of His birth to where He was born to His ancestry, Jesus fulfilled prophesy. Some of the prophesies could have been fulfilled intentionally such as riding into Jerusalem on a donkey or preaching the Good News. And I guess that healing the sick, bringing sight to the blind and raising the dead could fall under intentional fulfillment of prophesy but it was not like anyone walking around then could do those things. Some prophesies were beyond a person’s ability to control such as who your parents are or where you were born. How you die is usually beyond your control. And what Roman soldiers are going to do while they wait for you to die is also outside your control.
Fact is that Jesus fulfilled over 100 prophesies related to the Messiah. Mathematician Peter W. Stoner calculated that the probability to fulfill just eight of the Old Testament prophesies would be one chance in one hundred million billion that is a number greater than all the people who have ever lived on the earth. The example I have heard that demonstrates this number is to fill Texas with silver dollars to two feet high and mark one of the dollars. The blindfold someone and let them walk around and pick one silver dollar. The chances of picking the marked silver dollar is one hundred million billion.
And what got Jesus killed? What I think turned the Jewish people against Jesus was not the prophesies He fulfilled but the ones He has yet to fulfill. They were looking for the Messiah to become their earthly king and overthrow Roman rule. But Jesus came first to give us a way back to God. He came to pay for our sins and reconcile us with the Father. Because Jesus did not fulfill what they wanted in a messiah they demanded His death.
For each of us we need to remember that just because God does not fulfill our wants and wishes we should turn from Him. They did that two thousand years ago and the cost is eternal separation from God. That is just too high a cost for me.
Have a blessed day,