John 19. 35-37 cont.
35 The one having seen it has given testimony, and his testimony is true, and he knows that what he says is true, that you all might believe.
36 For these things happened so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one bone of His will be crushed”.
37 Also another Scripture says; “They will look on the One they have pierced.”
Way back in 1989 a group of the leaders of the church that we were part of were gathered together. Each one of us received a prophecy from the Lord, brought by a man from South Africa.
Part of the prophecy given to Rachel and I was that a group of people were going to be gathered around us and that I would be teaching them the Scriptures.
Our testimony is that in 1991 that prophecy began to be fulfilled as one man asked if he could spend some time with me so that I could explain the Scriptures to him.
Therefore, he and his wife (Mick & Dee Eaton) met with us for this purpose, and within a few weeks there were about twenty of us meeting together to learn more about Jesus from the Scriptures.
Our meeting together fulfilled the earlier prophetic word.
John tells us that what He had witnessed first-hand was a fulfilment of the prophecies that had been given by God a few centuries before.
When God was giving the people of Israel the instructions regarding the sacrificing of the lamb at Passover He said this:
All who eat the lamb must eat it together in one house. You must not carry any of its meat outside, and you may not break any of its bones – Exodus 12.46. (Also Numbers 9.12).
The significance being that Jesus is our Passover Lamb. It is this: the blood of the Passover lamb was used to paint on the door posts so that the angel of death would see the blood and pass over and not destroy the first born. The shedding of the blood of Jesus covers our sins, and so He has become our Passover Lamb.
John tells us:
This is the way in which God loved the world: it was so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who is believing in Him should not be lost, but might have eternal life – John 3.16.