Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why did He accept it one time and rejected it another time?

The answer = one time He was fulfilling a prophecy found in the Word of God, PSA 69:21, which was to receive the wine.

The other time referred to the fact that it was customary for the friends of the persons who were being executed to give them “wine mingled with myrrh,” in order to deaden their pain and sufferings.

MAR 15:23 And they tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it.

The cruel soldiers, wishing only to mock him, and amplify His sufferings were simply trying to diminish His sufferings to discredit what He was going through for them.

PSA 41:9  Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.

One time He was fulfilling the prophecy of David, “In my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink (PSA 69:21).

The other time He was simply trying to tell them that the work was finished.

The Sixth Saying of the cross can be described by one word that I gave you on Sunday: VICTORY.

When the Lord Jesus Christ uttered the word tetelestai, the perfect, passive, indicative of teleo, He revealed the fact that the work of salvation was totally complete or finished.

I always thought that when He said “It is finished” that He meant that He had fulfilled the entire plan of God as far as the payment for sin was concerned.

He still had some more prophecies to fulfill, like PSA 69:21; and PSA 31:5.

PSA 69:21  They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

PSA 31:5  Into Thy hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.
It is true that the work for salvation was totally complete and finished but He had not totally completed the principle of fulfilling the will of God until He fulfilled the prophecies about Him after He died on the cross.

JOH 4:34  My food or nourishment is to do the will or the pleasure of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work.

JOH 5:30  I do not seek or consult My own will or I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

JOH 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

HEB 10:7  “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (In the roll of the book it is written of Me) To do Thy will, O God.”

In LUK 22:42, He said I have come  not to do My own will, but the Father’s.”

PSA 69:21  They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

He also fulfilled PSA 31:5  Into Thy hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.

His mission on earth was totally and completely done or finished but that was not really the absolute truth.

On the day of our Lord’s crucifixion, all the prophecies concerning His suffering were fulfilled in every detail, which was a lasting testimony that Jesus truly is the Messiah.

1. The first prophecy, the oldest of all, had been given by God at the time of Adam and Eve’s sin.

GEN 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

2. The betrayal of Jesus by Judas was foretold by David.

Prophesied: PSA 41:9 Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.

MAR 14:10  And Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests, in order to betray Him to them.

3. Jesus Christ would be forsaken by His disciples, as prophesied by Zechariah.

Prophesied: – ZEC 13:7  “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the Lord of hosts.
“Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.
Fulfilled: MAR 14:50 And they all left Him and fled.

4. The price of His betrayal was also foretold by Zechariah.   Prophesied:
Prophesied ZEC 11:12 And I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give {me} my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty {shekels} of silver as my wages.

Fulfilled in total accuracy: MAT 26:15  and said, “What are you willing to give me to deliver Him up to you?” And they weighed out to him thirty pieces of silver.

5. Then Zechariah also foretold what would be done with the betrayal money.
Prophesied: ZEC 11:13   Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter, {that} magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So
I took the thirty   {shekels} of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the Lord.

Fulfilled: MAT 27:3-7,  Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

6. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus Christ would be sacrificed as the Passover Lamb of God.   Prophesied: “He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.” (ISA 53:7).

Fulfilled: 1CO 5:7, “For Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us;”

7. Isaiah also prophesied the scourging and mocking that He would suffer.

Prophesied: ISA 50:6 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.

Fulfilled: MAT 27:26-30.

8. David would also prophesy His physical abuse, PSA 22:17 I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me;

Fulfilled: MAT 27:26 Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he delivered Him to be crucified.

9. David prophesied the shame and dishonor that Jesus would suffer, being condemned as a criminal.
Prophesied: PSA 69:9-19-20.

Fulfilled: MAT 26:55 At that time Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me.

10. There would also be cruel and lying witnesses against Him.
Prophesied: PSA 35:11 “Cruel witnesses rose up; they asked me of things that I knew nothing about.”
Fulfilled: MAR 14:55-57.

11. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would not make an effort to defend Himself at His trial.
Prophesied: ISA 53:7 “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.”
Fulfilled: MAT 27:13  Then Pilate *said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?”  12. Isaiah also foretold

Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as the sin offering for the world.
Prophesied: ISA 53:4  Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

ISA 53:5-6, 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. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

ISA 53:10  But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting {Him} to grief; If He would render Himself {as} a guilt offering, He will see {His} offspring, He will prolong {His} days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
Fulfilled: (John 19:16-19).

13. Isaiah had prophesied that He was numbered among the transgressors or lawbreakers.
Prophesied: ISA 53:12  “He was counted among the transgressors.”
Fulfilled: LUK 23:32   And two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.  LUK 23:33   And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.

14. David prophesied that His hands and His feet would be pierced.
Prophesied: PSA 22:16 “Dogs have surrounded Me; a band of evildoers have encircled me; they have pierced My hands and My feet.”
Fulfilled: MAR 15:25  And it was the third hour when they crucified Him.

15. The parting of His garments was also prophesied by David.
Prophesied: PSA 22:18  “They divide My garments among them and cast lots upon My vesture.”
Fulfilled: JOH 19:24  They said therefore to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, {to decide} whose it shall be”; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

16. David prophesied that they would give Him vinegar to drink.
Prophesied: PSA 69:21 “They also gave Me gall for My food; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.”
Fulfilled: MAT 27:34 “They gave Him vinegar mingled with gall to drink; but after tasting it, He would not drink.”

17. David also prophesied that many would be watching Jesus during the crucifixion.
Prophesied: PSA 22:17, “The majority look and gloat over Me.”
Fulfilled: MAT 27:36  and sitting down, they {began} to keep watch over Him there.
LUK 23:48  And all the multitudes who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, {began} to return, beating their breasts.

18. The Bible says that among those watching would be our Lord’s family and friends, who would stand at a distance.
Prophesied: PSA 38:11  My loved ones and my friends stand distant from my plague; And my family members stand afar off.
Fulfilled: LUK 23:49 And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee, were standing at a distance, seeing these things.

19. Some of His observers would shake their heads at Him.
Prophesied: PSA 109:25 “And I also became a reproach to them when they looked upon me; they shook their heads.”
Fulfilled: MAT 27:39  And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads,

MAT 27:40  and saying, “You who {are going to} destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

20. Even the words of His reproacher’s were prophesied by David.
Prophesied: PSA 22:8  “He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, since He delights in Him!”
Fulfilled: MAT 27:43-44.

MAT 27:43-44, “He trusts in God; let Him deliver {Him} now, if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God. And the robbers also who had been crucified with Him were casting the same insult at Him.

21. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would make intercession for sinners.
Prophesied: ISA 53:12 “He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors.”

Fulfilled: LUK 23:34 “Then Jesus said, `Father, forgive them, for they do not understand what they are doing.’ And they divided His garments, and cast lots.”

22. David prophesied the thoughts of Jesus at the height of His suffering.

Prophesied: PSA 22:1  “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, and why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?”
Fulfilled: MAT 27:46).

23. Zechariah taught that His body would be pierced with a spear.
Prophesied: “And they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced.” (ZEC 12:10).

ZEC 12:10  “And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first‑born.
Fulfilled: JOH 19:34-37.

24. David prophesied that Jesus would commit His spirit to God.
Prophesied: PSA 31:5  “Into Your hand I commit my spirit.” (PSA 31:5).
Fulfilled: LUK 23:46  And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last.

25. David also prophesied our Lord’s last words on the cross.
Prophesied: PSA 22:31  They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed {it.} The Hebrew literally reads, “For it is finished.”
Fulfilled: JOH 19:30 “Therefore, when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, `It is finished.’ And after bowing His head, He yielded up His spirit.”
We can even assume that the last word spoken by our Lord was doctrine according to PSA 31:5 Into Thy hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast ransomed me, O Lord, God of doctrine.

26.  As no bone of the Passover lamb was to be broken (EXO 12:46), not a bone of His would be broken.
Prophesied: PSA 34:20  “He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”
Fulfilled: JOH 19:32 The soldiers therefore came, and broke the legs of the first man, and of the other man who was crucified with Him;

27. His burial in the tomb of a rich man was foretold by Isaiah.
Prophesied: ISA 53:8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living, For the transgression of my people to whom the stroke {was due?}

ISA 53:9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
Fulfilled: MAT 27:57   And when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.

Jacob’s prophecy that Judah would be the forefather of the Messiah (GEN 49:10) would have a probability of one out of twelve, since there were twelve tribes from which Messiah might have come.

Micah’s predication that Christ would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) would have a probability of one out of a hundred, on the assumption that there were about a hundred towns and villages in Judah where He might have been born.

In other words, it would be 1 in 10,000,000,000,000, 000,000, 000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000, 000,000,000, 000,000, 000, 000, 000, 000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000, 000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000, 000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

The problem is that “the God of this world [that is, the devil] has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (2CO 4:4).

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