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A Survey of Messianic Prophecy
The Torture of Jesus

After Jesus was betrayed and arrested, He endured six trials, various beatings, abuse, and mocking. These events were recorded more than 800 years prior to their occurrence. There are many places where we can read prophecies about the torture that Jesus suffered. Here are just a few examples.

"I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting." (Isaiah 50:6)

"But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed… He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth." (Isaiah 53:5,7)

"All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, 'Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.'" (Psalm 22:7-8)

"For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me;" (Psalm 22:16-17)

One can only imagine the pain and agony of hanging on that cross, hands and feet pierced, bones being pulled from their joints so visibly that they can be counted. As expected, Matthew 27 documents the fulfillment of each of these foretold facts.

Notice the precision of the next prophecy, when compared to the fulfillment documented by John. Were the garments of Jesus divided up, or did the soldiers cast lots to gain them? John indicates both, just as the prophecy indicates,

"They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." (Psalm 22:18)

"Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. So they said to one another, 'Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be'; this was to fulfill the Scripture." (John 19:23-24)

And again, specific detail as documented by John is foretold by the Psalmist,

They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink." (Psalm 69:21)

"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth." (John 19:28-29)

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