Jesus in Prophecy, The Messiah Arrested and Tried

Bible Summary. There are many prophecies in the Old Testament that foretell the arrest and trial of the Messiah. These prophecies are then fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. Messianic prophecies concerning Jesus’ arrest and trial include Jesus being betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver, Jesus forsaken by his disciples, Jesus silent when accused of false charges as well as Jesus being mocked, beaten, and rejected before being crucified. See below for scriptures concerning Jesus in prophecy in regard to his arrest and trial before the chief priests, Pilate, and Herod.


Christ Mocked


Christ Mocked


Jesus Christ Before Pilate


Christ Before Pilate

The Messiah Will Be Betrayed By a Friend.

The Prophecy: Psalm 41:9, ”Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. ”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: John 13:18,21, “... scripture may be fulfilled ... Jesus had thus said, … Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.”.

The Messiah Will Be Sold For 30 Pieces of Silver.

The Prophecy: Zechariah 11:12-13, ”... give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them ...”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Matthew 27:3-10, “Then Judas, which had betrayed him ... brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders ... they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury … Then was fulfilled ...” (Matthew 27), Matthew 26:15.

The Messiah Will Forsaken By His Disciples.

The Prophecy: Zechariah 13:7, ”Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. ”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Matthew 26:31,56, “Then saith Jesus unto them, ... for it is written, … But all this was done … Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.” (Matthew 26).

The Messiah Will Be Accused By False Witnesses.

The Prophecy: Psalm 35:11, ”False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Matthew 26:59, “Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death,” (Matthew 26), Mark 14:56-57.

The Messiah Will Be Silent in Front of His Accusers

The Prophecy: Isaiah 53:7, ”He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53);

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Matthew 26:62-63, “And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? … But Jesus held his peace ...” (Matthew 26), Matthew 27:12-14.

The Messiah Will Be Beaten, Mocked, and Spat Upon.

The Prophecy: Isaiah 50:6, ”I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Matthew 26:67, Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,” (Matthew 26), Matthew 27:26-31.

The Messiah Will be Sneered at and Mocked.

The Prophecy: Psalm 22:7, ”All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,”;

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Luke 23:11, “And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.” (Luke 23).

The Messiah Will Be Rejected.

The Prophecy: Isaiah 53:3, ”He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. ” (Isaiah 53);

The Prophecy Fulfilled: Luke 23:18-23, “... they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him ... And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.” (Luke 23), Matthew 27:20-25, Mark 15:8-14, John 19:14,15.