Welcome to another edition of The Teaching Lady. Today, we look at piercing – not ear piercing or body piercing as we know it, but at someone who was pierced for our transgressions. The promised Messiah would make the ultimate sacrifice.
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Let’s get started with our prophetic scripture for today. We are looking at Scripture of the promised Messiah.
Zechariah 12:10, “10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”
John 20:27, “27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”
The Romans had a practice of ensuring the dying man on the cross was dead or would die quicker. Because crucifixions could last up to three days, to speed up the criminal’s death, they would pierce the man’s side with a spear. Blood and water would pour out, speeding up the death of the criminal.
In the case of Jesus Christ, they crucified him on a Friday, the day of Preparation, which was the day before Passover. The Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, so they asked for special permission to have the bodies taken down.
When the Roman soldiers came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they drove a spear through his side, ensuring death. This would fulfill what was said in the Scriptures.
Jesus was the only one out of the three that day whose legs were not broken. Again fulfilling prophecy.
There’s a song that comes to mind when I read these passages about being pierced.
“He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our sins. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds, by his wounds, we are healed.”
By his wounds, we are healed. The Messiah died on the cross for our transgressions some 2,500 years ago. I know that seems like a long time ago, but that doesn’t change the truth of what his death on the cross means for you and me.
The Apostle Paul shared the gospel message in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”
I rejoice that Jesus is my Savior and Lord. In a world falling apart more and more every day, I cling to the only real hope I know – Jesus Christ.
He was pierced for our transgressions, and I am so thankful.
The Teaching Lady