“I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.” (John 13:19)
Jesus himself taught that all the prophecies about him would be fulfilled. In other words, we have a testimony, not only that the writers themselves saw Jesus’s life as fulfillment of prophecy, but that Jesus did, too.
Jesus took up the principle of John 13:19 and foretold numerous details of what was going to happen to him so that we might believe when they happened. “He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31). Jesus saw the predictions of the Messiah and his sufferings being fulfilled in himself.
› He foresaw that his death would be by crucifixion (John 3:14; 12:32).
› He predicted that the disciples would find an unridden colt when they entered the town (Luke 19:30).
› When the disciples entered Jerusalem that last Thurs- day, he predicted they would meet a man with the water pitcher who would have a room for them to meet in (Luke 22:10).
› After three years of waiting, he knew the exact hour of his departure out of the world (John13:1).
› Jesus knew that he would be betrayed, and who would betray him, and when it would happen (John 6:64; 13:1; Matthew 26:2, 21).
› He knew and predicted the fact and the time of Peter’s three denials (Matthew 26:34).
› Jesus predicted that the disciples would all fall away and be scattered (Matthew 26:31; John 16:32; Zechariah 13:7).
› Jesus prophesied that he would be “lifted up from the earth” (John 12:32). That is, he would not be stoned but crucified—not by Jews but by Romans. So the decisions of Pilate and the Jews of how to dispose of him were a fulfillment of his prediction.
He makes all these predictions, according to John 13:19, so that we would believe he is God, that what he says about himself is true.
You have good reason to be thankful and to trust God today. Every promise that He says to you is true - you can trust Him. He will never let you down, never give up on you or ever leave you.