Whom did they pierce?
Jesus is God
There are many people who regularly require a proof from the Bible by saying, “Give me the Bible verse in which Jesus made a straight forward claim that He was God!” Because their strong desire to ridicule Christian faith for they know that there is no such verse in the Bible, they tend to ignore other ‘testimonies’ or even the sayings of Jesus that implies His divinity. If Jesus is the true God, then He must directly express it Himself – no excuses!
The question now is, “What if it is God Himself who witness that truth?”
If any Christian is confronted with a question like, “Who did they pierce, according to the Bible?”, then he would will surely and immediately give the answer, “Jesus Christ!” The only well known event of piercing someone in the Bible related to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion when the Roman soldiers wanted to ensure His death on the cross:
“The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.” (John 19:32-34)
It was the same John who gave testimony based on the revelation of Jesus Christ on theislandofPatmosthat it is Jesus who they have pierced that would come back to this earth:
“Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all peoples on earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)
But if you think that this ‘piercing’ event is is just
a). the news of the New Testament, and
b). only concerning Jesus Christ,
then you are mistaken.
In the Gospel of John, it was testified that:
“and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.” (John 19:37)
In this case, John was referring to the Old Testament prophecy in Zechariah 12:10 which says:
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants ofJerusalema spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” (NIV)
This means that the events of ‘piercing’ was not only the New Testament news but it has been prophesied in the Old Testament – point a). And what about the point b) above?
The truth about the point b). does not appear if we only relied on some Bible translations like that of LAI (Indonesian Bible Institution). We must look up the same verse in other translations as the six examples I listed below (I made the uppercase):
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto ME whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.” (Zechariah 12:10, ASV)
“And I shall pour out on the house of David, and on the dwellers of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of prayers; and they shall behold to ME, whom they pricked. And they shall bewail him with wailing, as on the one begotten son; and they shall make sorrow on him, as sorrow is wont to be made in the death of the first begotten son.” (Zechariah 12:10, Wycliffe Bible)
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon ME whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10, KJV)
“And I have poured on the house of David, And on the inhabitant of Jerusalem, A spirit of grace and supplications, And they have looked unto ME whom they pierced, And they have mourned over it, Like a mourning over the only one, And they have been in bitterness for it, Like a bitterness over the first-born.” (Zechariah 12:10, YLT)
“And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look on ME whom they pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for an only [son], and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for [his] firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10, Darby)
In the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible, Zechariah 12:10 is written:
:Zec 12:10 ושׁפכתי על־בית דויד ועל יושׁב ירושׁלם רוח חן ותחנונים והביטו אלי את אשׁר־דקרו וספדו עליו כמספד על־היחיד והמר עליו כהמר על־הבכור׃
where the phrase הִבִּיטוּ אֵלַי , means ‘they look at me’ and not ‘they looked at him’.
There are two important implications that emerge from this truth.
- In line with the statement in point b) above, the events ‘piercing’ is not a specific action on Jesus Christ alone, as it is physically seen in John 19:34, or which is understood as “He who will come again” in Revelation 1:7, but on God Himself (they looked to –me- that they pierced), the Person who spoke through the prophet Zechariah in Zechariah 12:10, as was stated at the beginning of the chapter as:
“A prophecy: The word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares:”
- Like it or not, it must be admitted with a pure heart that, “Jesus Christ is God and Lord in human flesh Who came to dwell with and to save his people – perfectly God and perfectly human being yet without sin” (John 1:1, 14, 8:46), and it is also true that Zechariah 12:10 is not the only Bible verse that states this, implicitly.
The change of the pronoun “me” to become “him” in Zechariah 12:10 is due to at the beginning of God-the Messiah (see Isaiah 43:11) speaks of the “essence” of whom did they pierced, and then talk specifically about the “person” they pierced. That way, Zahkaria 12:10 will be more readily related to John 19:34, 37 and Revelation 1:7, underlining God – the Messiah as saying “It was I, the one they pierced!”
Similarly, if one is questioning the nature of Jesus Christ as Creator, as witnessed in John 1:3:
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3)
then the LORD God Himself has given His confirmation through the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 12: 1, 10) on that truth about Jesus Christ.
All praise and honor to the Holy Spirit for the enlightenment that has disclosed this truth.