Timeless truths from John 19:33-37.
This passage presents two very powerful proofs of the deity of Christ. First, the testimony of prophecy and second, the testimony of eyewitness.
Written over five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the Psalmist wrote in 34:20 that not one of His bones would be broken. Furthermore, over 1,000 years earlier, Exodus 12 states that only an unblemished lamb could be used for the Passover. That means not one bone could be broken. The Passover lamb foreshadowed the “Lamb of God.” Isaiah 53:5 states that Messiah would be “pierced.”
John testifies as a witness of these things. He states that as an eyewitness, “he is telling the truth.” John, as well as all the other Apostles (Judas had hung himself) went to their death testifying that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. Sure there are people who will die for a cause. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, then 10 of the 11 Apostles willingly died a martyr’s death knowing He was a liar and a deceiver. But Jesus rose from the dead as He promised and the Apostles were eyewitnesses.
“When they came to Jesus, they did not break His legs since they saw that He was already dead. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows he is telling the truth. For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: Not one of His bones will be broken. Also, another Scripture says: They will look at the One they pierced.” John 19:33-37 HCSB