The Messiah’s Side was Pierced

Prophecy: The Messiah’s Side was Pierced

As it was written in the Tanakh (NIV & TLV),

Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”

The Hebrew word דָּקָר – pierced or stabbed is used in Zechariah 12:10.

Approximately 600 BCE, the prophet Zechariah prophesied how the Jewish Messiah would be killed by the people of Israel. In addition, in Zechariah chapter 12, he prophesied that in the End of Days, when hatred (anti-Semitism) toward the people of Israel would escalate and eventually would lead to many nations attacking Israel, then the Jewish people would be at war, the people of Israel would look to Him, ask for His help, and finally understand that they had pierced/stabbed and rejected their Messiah for thousands of years.

How did Messiah Jesus Fulfill this Prophecy?

Jesus' Side was Pierced with a Spear While He was Nailed on the Tree

Several reasons prove that Jesus did die from the crucifixion:

  • The nature of his injuries should have caused excessive bleeding.
  • The result of crucifixion should have caused asphyxiation.
  • The blood and water that came out when the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side testifies as medical evidence that Jesus had already died (John 19:34).
  • A highly-trained Roman executioner examined him, found that he was already dead, and, therefore, did not break his legs. (John 19:33).
  • Pontius Pilate allowed Joseph to bury Jesus’ body. (Mark 15:44, 45).

As it was written in the New Covenant (NIV & TLV)

John 19:34 “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”

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