Easter Meditations: Prophecies of Christ’s death and resurrection

The Gospel Song

Lyrics by Drew Jones, 2002

Holy God, in love, became
Perfect Man to bear my blame
On the cross He took my sin
By His death I live again

Holy God, in love, became
Perfect Man to bear my blame
On the cross He took my sin
By His death I live again

Saturday of Holy Week: Prophecies of Christ’s Death and Resurrection

At Christmas-time I posted about prophecies of Christ’s coming, based on information from Mark Driscoll’s book Vintage Jesus. Today I’d like to look at prophecies of Christ’s death and resurrection, using the same book. I’m going to rearrange the material a bit by putting it into chart form, but the dates and quotes are from Vintage Jesus.

Date/Context Old Testament Prophecy New Testament Fulfillment
“500 B.C.: Zechariah prophesies that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9 Luke 19:28, 35-38
“1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would be betrayed by a friend.” Psalm 41:9 Matthew 26:49-50
“500 B.C.: Zechariah prophesies that Jesus’ betraying friend would be paid thirty pieces of silver for handing him over to the authorities and that the payment would be thrown in the temple in disgust.” Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 27:5-7
“700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would be beaten, would have his beard plucked out, and would be mocked and spit on.” Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67
“1000 B.C.: David prophesies that lots would be cast for Jesus’ clothing.” Psalm 22:18 John 19:23-24
“700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would be hated and rejected.” Isaiah 53:3 Matthew 27:39-44
“700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that, though hated and rejected, Jesus would not defend himself.” Isaiah 53:7 Matthew 27:12
“1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would be crucified (hundreds of years before the invention of crucifixion). Psalm 22:16 Luke 23:33
“700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would be killed with sinners.” Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:38
“1440 B.C.: Moses prophesies that none of Jesus’ bones would be broken. 1000 B.C.: David prophesies the same.” Exodus 12:46; Psalm 34:20 John 19:32-36
“1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would be forsaken by God.” Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46
“700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would die.” Isaiah 53:8b Luke 23:46
“700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies that Jesus would be buried in a tomb given to him by a rich man.” Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60
“1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would resurrect from death. 700 B.C.: Isaiah prophesies the same.” Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10-11 Acts 2:25-32
“1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would ascend into heaven and take the souls of departed Christians with him.” Psalm 68:18 Ephesians 4:7-10
“1000 B.C.: David prophesies that Jesus would sit at the right hand of God.” Psalm 110:1 Hebrews 1:3
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