Jesus Died on the Cross to Fulfill Prophecy

Why did Jesus Die on the Cross?SUBJECT: Jesus

TITLE: Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross? – To Fulfill the Scriptures

PROPOSITION: Jesus died on the cross to fulfill the scriptures related to his 1) Death, 2) Burial, 3) Resurrection.

OBJECTIVE: The listener should know that Jesus’ death on the cross was in fulfillment of prophecy that proves he is the Messiah.


1. Read: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

2. About the Text:

1) Everywhere Paul went he preached Jesus.

2) This included preaching about his death, burial, and resurrection.

3) He tells the church at Corinth that this was “according to the scriptures.”

4) What scriptures was Paul talking about?

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: Jesus died on the cross to fulfill the scriptures related to his . . .

I.   Death

1. He was betrayed by a friend.

1) Psalm 41:9 – “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.”

2) John 13:18 – “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’”

2. He was sold for 30 pieces of silver.

1) Zechariah 11:12 – “Then I said to them, ‘If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.’ So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.”

2) Matthew 26:15 – “’What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?’ And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.”

3. He was beaten viciously.

1) Isaiah 53:5 – “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

2) Matthew 27:26 – “Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.”

4. His hands and his feet would be pierced, his bones preserved, and his garments divided by gambling.

1) Psalm 22:17-18 – “They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.”

2) John 20:25-29 – Jesus told Thomas to put his fingers in the nail prints.

3) John 19:36 – “For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, ‘Not one of His bones shall be broken.’”

4) Luke 23:34 – “And they divided His garments and cast lots.”

5. He was numbered with transgressors.

1) Isaiah 53:12 – “And He was numbered with the transgressors.”

2) Mark 15:27-28 – “With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’”

6. He died for others.

1) Daniel 9:26 – “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself.”

2) Matthew 20:28 – “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

II.  Burial

1. His grave was with the rich.

1) Isaiah 53:9 – “And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death,”

2) Matthew 27:57 – “Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.”

2. He was delivered from a criminal’s disposal.

1) Psalm 22:20-21 – “Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog. Save Me from the lion’s mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen!”

2) Matthew 22:58-60 – “This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.”

3. He would be in the tomb as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish.

1) Jonah 1:17

2) Mathew 12:40 – “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

3) Paul said he rose again on the third day – 1 Cor.15:4.

III. Resurrection

1. God would not leave his soul in Hades/Sheol or let his body be corrupted.

1) Psalm 16:10 – “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”

2) Acts 2:31 – “he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.”

2. The dead will live with his dead body.

1) Isaiah 26:19 – “Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise.”

2) Mark 16:6 – “But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.’”

3. God would give Him Authority.

1) Psalm 2:8 – “Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.”

2) Matthew 28:18 – “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’”

4. He would sit down on the right hand of the Father.

1) Psalm 16:11 – “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

2) Acts 2:33 – “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.”


1. Jesus died on the cross to fulfill the scriptures.

1) Death

2) Burial

3) Resurrection

2. Invitation