Jesus knew what the prophecies said about his death. He knew his disciples would abandon him to be crucified. Jesus condemned himself by uttering words that would lead the rulers to kill him. Who is to blame for the death of Jesus?
Zechariah 13:7 New International Reader’s Version
7 “My sword, wake up! Attack my shepherd! Attack the man who is close to me,” announces the Lord who rules over all. “Strike down the shepherd. Then the sheep will be scattered. And I will turn my hand against their little ones.
Matthew 26:56 King James Version
56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Isaiah 53:7 American Standard Version
7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
Matthew 27:12 King James Version
12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
Psalm 22:16 New Century Version
16 Evil people have surrounded me; like dogs they have trapped me. They have bitten my arms and legs.
Mark 14:53…55…61-62…65 New International Version
53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together… 55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any… 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”.. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.
Isaiah 50:6 International Children’s Bible
6 I offered my back to those who beat me. I offered my cheeks to those who pulled my beard. I won’t hide my face from them when they make fun of me and spit at me.
John 19:1-3 Living Bible
19 Then Pilate laid open Jesus’ back with a leaded whip, 2 and the soldiers made a crown of thorns and placed it on his head and robed him in royal purple. 3 “Hail, ‘King of the Jews’!” they mocked, and struck him with their fists.