Easter wasn’t always something of history.

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus were predicted at many times and in many ways before they actually happened. This fact lends even more credibility to the historicity of what Christians claim to be the most significant weekend in human history.

Here are seven predictions about Jesus that came true on the first Easter weekend:

Prediction #1

“Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:9)

Who said it? King David

When? c.1000 BC

Fulfillment: “Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” (Matthew 10:4)

Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve chosen associates or ‘disciples’ as they were called. He made a deal with Jewish leaders who didn’t like Jesus. He traded inside information about Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. This betrayal was predicted by King David over 1,000 years before it happened.

Prediction #2

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth…” (Isaiah 53:7)

Who said it? The prophet Isaiah

When? c.700 BC

Fulfillment: “But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.” (Matthew 27:12)

The prophet Isaiah wrote many predictions about Jesus in his writings. This particular prediction spoke of Jesus as one who would not use words to defend himself or as a means of rescue from affliction. This is exactly the case as the events of the first Easter unfold in Matthew chapter 27 of the bible.

Prediction #3

“…they have pierced my hands and feet…” (Psalm 22:16)

Who said it? King David

When? c.1000 BC

Fulfillment: “…there they crucified him…” (Luke 23:33)

At the time when this prediction was written crucifixion had not yet been invented by the Romans. But 1,000 years later the Romans had mastered this torturous technique of judgement. Part of the process involved piercing the hands and feet of the victim with metal spikes that would fix the individual to the wooden beams beneath them.

Prediction #4

“And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death…” (Matthew 20:17)

Who said it? Jesus

When? 33 AD

Fulfillment: “When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.” (Matthew 27:1)

Jesus told his twelve disciples who would be behind the conspiracy to kill him. He, as seemed to be the usual case, was right.

Prediction #5

“…and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified…”(Matthew 20:17)

Who said it? Jesus

When? 33AD

Fulfillment: “And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor… And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.” (Matthew 27:2,31)

Jesus told his disciples that the Gentiles would also be involved in his death, not just the Jewish leaders. It was Pontius Pilate to be precise, the Roman governor of Judea. He had Jesus handed over to his soldiers who made sport of Jesus before his crucifixion.

Prediction #6

“…and he will be raised on the third day.” Matthew 20:17b

Who said it? Jesus

When? 33AD

Fulfillment: “He is not here, for he has risen,as he said.” Matthew 28:16

Jesus told his disciples before it happened that he would not stay dead. He had already raised a number of individuals from the dead during his ministry, but now he would perform this miracle on himself.

Prediction #7

“For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.” Psalm 16:10

Who said it? King David

When? c.1000 BC

Fulfillment: “He is not here, for he has risen,as he said.” Matthew 28:16

The body of Jesus is no longer in a grave. In fact, shortly after his death this was confirmed by the Roman soldiers who were charged with guarding the tomb. They were not able to locate the body and reported this to the Jewish leaders who paid them to spread a rumor that his disciples had stolen it. Jesus was reported to have been seen by his remaining eleven disciples and as many as 500 other followers over the next 40 days after his reported resurrection on the first Easter morning. The bible has the rest of the story… check it out for yourself!