We look upon the one who was pierced. Jesus. Pierced as he hung on the cross. We see what happened to him. We understand that it happened for us. And we are confronted with our own need for this sacrifice as we look upon the Messiah as he gave his life…
31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”
There are many prophecies relating to Jesus’ life and death which provide corroboration to his identity as Messiah. Today we read that not a bone would be broken, which is a verse from Psalm 34:20 and that he would be pierced from Psalm 22:16 and Isaiah 53:5.
These fulfillments are weight added to the faith of Jesus followers. The intersection of Jesus’ life and death with the Scriptures of old is amazing, and a read through the old testament will uncover example after example of such verses which are deemed prophetic in retrospect.
The circumstances of Jesus’ death reveal God’s sovereignty over his sacrifice for our sins. Jesus surrendered his spirit to the Father and died willingly. No one had to force his death by breaking his legs, which hastened death by making it impossible for the prisoner to push himself up to get a precious breath of air. This was not required for our Lord. He died willingly and in his own time.
We look upon this one who was pierced. We see what happened to him. We understand that it happened for us. And we are confronted with our own need for this sacrifice as we look upon the Messiah.
What will you do with this story? Will you consider that the God of love and mercy was willing to give up his own son to reconcile us to himself when we had gone our own ways? Will you consider that your own way is sinful in the eyes of God? In order to accept the gift of Jesus, we also must accept our own guilt before God.
This can be difficult for us to do, yet God is patient. He is waiting on us to respond with faith to the sacrifice of Jesus…