The Light of Christ Journey

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Matzo or unleavened bread is pierced and striped. In order for it to bake evenly, it must have holes poked into it. Then as it is baking, some areas will become browner than other areas. This gives the matzo a striped look.

Prophecy about Jesus being Pierced and Striped

Isaiah 53: He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.[1]

Striped and Pierced on the Cross

John 19: 1Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip.[2] What kind of whip would have been used by the Roman soldiers to scourge Jesus? It most likely was a flagrum which consisted of several leather straps with bits of lead embedded in the ends. This was intended to weaken the person to crucified to prevent any sort of resistance.[3] Just as Isaiah prophesied, Jesus was beaten prior to being crucified. This whipping would have left “stripes” on the back of Jesus.

The scourging weakened Jesus to the point that He died before the others on each side of Him. John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 

So, Jesus was striped and then pierced on the cross. Even the unleavened bread eaten during the days of Unleavened bread pointed to this fact. As Jesus instituted the Lord’s supper the last evening He spent with His disciples, He compared the unleavened bread with His body. Matthew 26: 26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”[4]

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[1,2,4]Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.


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