What the Bible says was a big deal to Jesus (and should be to us)! He treated Scripture with the highest integrity and sought to fulfill what it prophesied to the most exacting detail! I was so impressed with this emphasis today in my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord!” Even in his dying hours at the crucifixion you find these words…
“When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one peace from top to bottom, so they said to one another ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” THIS WAS TO FULFILL THE SCRIPTURE WHICH SAYS, ‘They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.’” (Fulfillment of Psalm 22:18)
And how about this one (found in the next verses in John)… “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (TO FULFILL THE SCRIPTURE), ‘I thirst!’ (fulfilling Psalm 69:21) A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished!’ and bowed His head and gave up His Spirit.” Think about it, His concern, even in that excruciating moment was the fulfillment of Scripture.
One more… same context. Even in His death, the bones of Jesus were not broken and His side was pierced. The Bible says, “These things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken!” (Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; and Psalm 34:20 fulfilling the imagery, as the “Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” of the “Passover Lamb!”) and another Scripture that says, ‘They will look on the one they have pierced. (fulfillment of Zechariah 12:10)’”
(All of these instances are found in John 19)
Is it any wonder then, that you find these words in Jesus’ mouth… “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17–19)
I just want to say… I want to hold the Bible in the same high regard as my Savior, Jesus Christ, and expect, and commit myself, to its complete fulfillment just as He did!