“Strike the shepherd that the sheep may be scattered” (Zechariah 13:7). These are words spoken about Christ over 500 years before Christ. How is this possible? These words were spoken by a true prophet of God. They are therefore words of God. And they were explicitly fulfilled.
The night before the crucifixion, Jesus said to His disciples, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, `I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered'” (Matthew 26:31). This is exactly what happened. Judas took a group of soldiers out to the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Jesus. “And they laid hands on Him and seized Him” (Mark 14:46). In the scuffle, one of the disciples “drew his sword and, and struck the slave of the high priest, and cut off his ear” (Mark 14:47). But when Jesus did not resist and was taken, the disciples “all left Him and fled” (Mark 14:50). So it was that words spoken about Jesus over 500 years beforehand were fulfilled in intimate detail.
This is wonderful evidence concerning the truth of the Bible. It is confirmation that the Bible is the Word of God. Only God could give us words that are infallibly fulfilled. Therefore, they are words “to which you do well to pay attention” (2 Peter 1:19).
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