So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness— his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth— that you also may believe.
For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”
-John 19:32-37

Pay attention to the underlined section.
The scriptures being referring to the “unbroken bones” to are Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12 and Psalm 34:20

Exodus 12:46 and Numbers 9:12 both simply deal with how the Passover meat is to be eaten. It has nothing to do with the messiah or anything else. It is an instruction on how families are to eat the passover meal.
“It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.”

If the writer is actually comparing Jesus’ unbroken legs to the ritual Passover meal, he would be likening a barbaric execution to the strict ritualistic preparation/consumption of the passover meal.


Then we have Psalm 34:20, which refers to an actual human being and not a cooked meal.
If this is the “scripture” that the author of John was referring to, then it needs to be read it in context with the surrounding verses.

Upon reading Psalm 34, we see that Text basic theme is about how God saves the righteous…

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

So the bit about the unbroken bones is not to be read in isolation. It is explicitly stated that all his bones would be protected, AND that God would deliver the person from all his troubles.

Therefore, it makes zero sense to believe that Gods servant underwent torture at the hands of his enemies, (contrary to Psalm 34 about God rescuing His servants) and then claiming that this scripture was fulfilled in Jesus’ unbroken legs.
This puts christian theology in a tight spot because it not only refutes the statement in John, that Jesus unbroken bones fulfilled scripture, but also brings up the question- Did God did not rescue His servant, Jesus, as stated in Psalm 34:20??

Now, I know there are some who will try and muddle up this thread with unneeded scriptures used to support the crucifixion, instead of addressing whats being said here- that the scripture that was supposedly “fulfilled” through Jesus’ unbroken legs point to Jesus being rescued… the opposite of a painful crucifixion.

If Psalms 34:20 indeed referred to Jesus, and if the bible is indeed infallible, then it means that Jesus cried out to God before his arrest and God heard him and rescued him…. with all bones unbroken, of course.

This leans closely towards the Islamic view on Jesus’ crucifixion… that God will never let His servants suffer as horribly as Jesus and rescued him.