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It was Love instead of nails, that kept him hanging on!

 that kept him hanging on!

By Kevin Rae

 

 

 

 

 

He could have called his angels to destroy the world and set him free, but he died alone, for you and me.  

We can never know the degree of agony the Lord Jesus suffered.. The Roman soldiers took great pleasure in the barbaric method of judgement towards the Man Christ Jesus, the Holy Sovereign God most hated and despised because of the prophetic claim of his Divinity.

      The Lord Jesus knew what he had to go through before he left his Throne on High. His willingness and obedience to God the Father made it possible for us today to enter into a glorious pardon and be with him for ever more in heaven.  The cost for our souls was the cost of his precious redeeming blood shed that day on Calvary's cross about 2000 years ago.                 

 Many people take for granted just how intense this crucifixion was.  The crucifixion is so wrapped up in cotton wool these days, where there's not a drop of blood spilled anywhere in 'contemporary churches & pulpits.    

      After reading the material you are about to read, I pray that it will not only turn your heart from stone to flesh, but also to realise how much of a hell deserving sinner you are, myself included.  But, by the blood bought work that was shed on Calvary's cross, the Lord Jesus paid for our sins that day, no more for him to be crucified ever again. He had paid it all in full .   'It is finished'!

 

      

An examination of the Lord's Crucifixion

Excerpts from the King James Bible. used with permission of Author ( Ephesians 6:17)

 

Gethsemane

 

Prior to the actual trial and crucifixion, the Lord was under a great strain.  He went to pray to the Father at the mount of Olives.  He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James

and John with him.  As God manifest in the flesh, although sinless he felt the same weaknesses of man.  

Luke the physician recorded that he sweat great drops of blood.  Luke 22:44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 

  Although rare, it is caused by severe mental stress, the capillary blood vessel system ruptures, releasing small amount of blood mixing with sweat.  Jesus wasnít sweating blood because he was afraid of the physical pain of the cross!  The book of Hebrews tells us that he looked forward to the cross. 

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that

was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down

at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2

The Lord had a spiritual cup in his hand, knowing what was in the cup, he was willing and obedient to do his Father's will . Mark 14:36  And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

What was in that cup?

Why would he be sweating drops of blood anyway?  

The sins of the world were in that cup, that's why!

The Lord Jesus prayed to the Father for three hours, sweating great drops of blood, asking is there any other way?  He saw the vile depravity of man in that spiritual cup, and he was

sore amazed, exceeding sorrowful!  But to bridge the gap between sinful man and God, there was no other way to do this!

There was a time and place for him to drink of that spiritual cup, but it wasnít then in the garden of Gethsemane.  

When Simon Peter cut off the Malchusís ear, Jesus said to Peter,

Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

John 18:11

We will look to the cross for the taking of that cup further on.

  Betrayal & Arrest

He knew before time that Judas Iscariot was to betray him. 

He gave Judas a piece of dipped bread (sop) to signify to others that it was he.  Take a closer look at the word sop  s- son  o- of  p- perdition. 

Thereafter the sop, Satan entered Judas. John 6:70-71 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?  He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

 John 13:21, 26, 27 When Jesus had thus said Ö Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it.

And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of

Simon.

And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That

thou doest, do quickly.

 

Judas knew where the Lord would be, as the Lord often times resorted there in the garden with his disciples.

Judas, with a band of men and officers carrying lanterns and torches, and weapons betrayed the Lord for thirty pieces of silver, (Zech 11:12,13). Judas also kissed him to signify to the officers in whom to arrest.

There is something in that kiss - X -  would it be a curse?

The Lord hung on a cross

(Deut 21:23  Galatians 3:13)

In the will of the Lord, we will speak of this at a later time!

Trial

The temple guards took and led the Lord to the high priestís house: with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. According to John 18:23-24 the Lord had been struck and bound prior to being sent to  Caiaphas. The council sought for witnesses against the Lord to put him to death; but found none. However, many bear false witness against him.

The Lord was surrounded with false accusers. However, because he was silent before them, the servants  pushed and shoved him, buffeted him round the room from one accuser to another.  This bullying method was to try and intimidate the Lord to speak.

Like a sheep before her shearer, they that held Jesus, spat and struck him on the face, slapped him, blindfolded and mocked him saying  ĎProphesy unto us, thou Christ, who is he that smote thee?  There were many more blasphemous things said.    Matthew 26:67 Luke 22: 63-Mark 14:65

Straightway, in the morning, with his garment already stained with blood from the Garden of Gethsemane, beaten blindfolded, bruised, worn out from a sleepless night of relentless questioning, and with the loss of fluids he most probably was dehydrated, , the Lord Jesus was bound and carried away to be delivered to Pilate, where he found no fault with him. 

The Lord Jesus was then sent to Herodís jurisdiction who was also at Jerusalem at that time to be interrogated once again, but the Lord answered him nothing. Yet again, he was mocked by Herodís men, arraying him with a gorgeous robe. 

While the Lord is going through verbal and physical abuse,  Peter is being badgered by the general public outside the palace.  A woman confronts him saying "Thou art also wast with Jesus of Galilee" But he denied the Lord before them all.  His denial of the Lord persisted on two more occasions.  Peter cursed and swore. Just as the Lord is being carried away to another inquisition, he looks upon Peter which at that time the cock crew.  Peter seeing the blood soaked beaten Lord ,wept bitterly and remembered the words of Jesus. Only a short time prior to that, Peter was so adamant he wouldn't deny Jesus, even to death he would not deny him!    Luke 22:61 Matthew 26: 34,69

 Herod sent our Lord back to Pilate for further inquisition, yet Pilate still found no fault at all in him John 18:38.  Pilate had washed his hands in the judgment of the Lord, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Giving him over to the chief priests and the rulers and the people who answered and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Matthew 27:24-25  How the children of Israel have paid a mighty price for that saying of their forefathers !!

  They had a custom of releasing a prisoner at the Passover, but with a vengeance wanted to crucify the Lord Jesus and released a robber and murderer and a seditionists named Barabbas.  John 18:39-40 

Luke 23:19 Mark 15:7 

Scourging

The Lord Jesus was stripped of his clothing and his hands tied above his head to a post.  In silence the Lord awaits our punishment on him. A whip with the term called Ďa cat o nine tailsí each tail had metal balls, and cattle bone attached to it at intervals. 

The soldier raises the whip over his head and with a heavy downward sweep he enforces the whip upon the Lordís bare back.

 The waves of pain surging through his whole body.

The cracking of the whip repeatedly descends with full satanic force, "Thou shalt not steal" - wwwhisslap!  "Thou shalt not kill!" - wwwshissslap! " Thou shalt not commit adultery" - wwwhisslap!  All unrighteousness is sin" wwhiislap! " The though of foolishness is sin" - whisislap!  "Sin is the transgression of the law" - whisslap! "Thou shalt not covet" - whisslap!  " Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!!"

 The Lordís back, buttocks and legs is scourged  to shreds, anywhere the whip tails catches on to, chest and arms get the brunt of it too!  

The brutality of the Roman soldiers is the common work of the " spirit that NOW worketh in the children of disobedience"  (Eph 2:3), and it is the 'prince of the powers of the air '(Eph 2:2) operating big time here !

The Romans in a satanic frenzy rip open the Lordís flesh, severing layers of tissue and muscle,  the cattle bone attached to the whip would tear out the inside of the Lordís body to ribbons. The Lord opens not His mouth! (Isaiah 53:5,7) 

He has challenged the King of the children of Pride to engage Him in battle to death, and he is conquering! (Col 2:15, Rom 8:35,36,37)

 

 With this barbaric treatment, blood vessels and veins would be severed and undoubtedly exposing bone. 

Acute damage and saturated blood loss from fibre and tissue, the area would be beyond recognition.  Psalms 129:3  The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.

This overwhelming amount of blood loss would have caused dehydration.  His body would be in shock due to the scourging, and the previous beatings.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

The Roman law did not have any set limit on the number of blows, unlike the Jewish law. 

The Romans scourged the victim until an inch of their life, even checking pulses to see if they could inflict any more torturous blows!

They were driven with devilish forces, inflicting as much pain as they possibly could.  Encouraging and competing with one another! They had no mercy for the Lord; the demonic forces already gathered about, remember the 2000 that pleaded with Jesus not to torment them before their time, Satan had his devils there tormenting the Lamb with no mercy (Mark 5:7), they would have surrounded the Roman soldiers making sure these barbaric tactics were accomplished.

 Like a pack of dogs savaging their prey!  Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me:

These devils knew EXACTLY who the Lord Jesus was.

Matthew 8:28-29  And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

 

The Jewish law was that the receiver of the scourging got no more that forty lashes. 

The Pharisees, mercifully kept one below the forty, just incase they erred in the counting.   

Deuteronomy 25:2-3  And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number. Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.

 

 The apostle Paul was scourged on more than one occasion, but keep in mind, the Jews being more merciful had no metal balls or bones attached to their whip. Their idea of scourging was more or less for discipline and punishment, whereas the Romans thought more brutality towards death.  They were a blood thirsty race of people full of the Devil , and they haven't changed throughout the ages !  Who knows! maybe the Lord was scourged forty times save one.

2Corinthians 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

 Sparing you of the medical details, common sense would lead you to this conclusion that the Lord came through a most horrific and horrendous agonizing cruel treatment. 

 

Isaiah 53:3-8 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.

 V4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did

esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

V5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our

iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes

we are healed.

V6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own

way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

V7. 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.

V8.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Scourged almost to death, the Lord was taken into the judgement hall, where he was surrounded with the whole band of soldiers.  They stripped him of his clothes and in mockery clothed him with purple, they put on him a scarlet robe, (scarlet signifies his taking on the sins of the world) Isaiah 1:18 states Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool  

Thorns from the Far East would be about two inches long. They platted a crown of thorns and put it about his head, and put a reed in his right hand: they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him saying, Hail, King of the Jews!  Matthew 27:27 Mark 15:17  This bamboo sceptre will be in exchange for a rod of iron soon, when the Lord comes to reign!

Before they led him to be crucified they beat his head with the reed, Mt 27:30 Mark 15:19

Embedding the thorns more into the front and back of the skull.  You can imagine the excruciating pain when the thorns struck through nerves of his head, each thorn as sharp as an ice pick surrounding all around his head.  The blood flowing from him mingled with the black hair that was ripped from his face. The barbarians punched him repeatedly, and spat on him. 

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 Lord was so brutally beaten up to a point of disfigurement, no recognition of his face whatsoever, the soldiers beat him to a pulp!  Isaiah 52:14  As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

We are reminded in the scriptures that the soldiers smote his head, undoubtedly his face was disfigured.  His ruptured eyes badly swollen barely seeing, his nose gushing with blood, not forgetting his black beard ripped out, but his bones were not broken!  John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.  Psalm 34:20   Exodus 12:46   Numbers 9:12

 

Behold The Man

 

Pilate went before the chief priests and officers again to declare he found no fault in Jesus and brought him with him.  Beyond recognition, the Lord, wearing a blood drenched purple robe and the crown of thorns. 

Behold the man!  There stands the Prophet of Nazareth, head bloody and bowed. Blood running down the face, down the back, down the arms, over the shoulders, through the toes, onto the pavement!.  Spit and tears are drying on the face and ghastly crown still brings forth fresh blood over the wounds, where he has been struck with fists!  The Son of God - a man of sorrows and aquainted with grief!

The hearts of these onlookers were hardened so much so, that no compassion whatsoever moved them to shame in the unrecognizable state of the Lord. Even when the nagging doubts came into there hearts that this could be the Son of God it was too late, just look at Him, a blood soaked open wounded unrecognizable shape of a humble man, they couldn't back out now.  All the more they shouted ĎCrucify him!  Crucify him!!

The Jews law was for him to die, because he made himself the Son of God. Matthew 27:27

They mocked him again, and took off the already dried in blooded robe from him, and put on his clothes again, thus reopening the deep cut wounds causing more pain and more bleeding. Yet, although he had power to stop the agonizing pain in the blink of an eyelid, he looked towards the cross.

They then led him away to be crucified.  Matthew 27:31.

 Calvary

With the physical weak condition the Lord was in, the guards compelled a man named Simon who was coming out the country to bear his cross for him. Luke 23:26 Mark 15:21  Matthew 27:32 

The fact that his back looked like a field of furrows and the great strain he went through during the scourging, amongst other things, he was surely weak in strength to bear the

heavy cross all the way to Calvary. 

Not only that, the wooden cross all the more would have caused excruciating pain having to bear it on his shoulder, it would be very rough with splinters hanging from it, much like the sleepers used on a railway track.

However, he did bear his own cross at the start of the journey!  John 19:17.

 

There is a discrepancy whether the Lord carried an actual cross or a cross beam.   

The Bible tells us it was a cross, being a Bible Believer and not a Bible corrector I believe what God says!  Psalm 118:8  Proverbs 3:5,7.

There is a particular passage of scripture where it tells us that ALL his bones were out of joint, now why would that be?  None of them were broken we know that much from what we have read, but why out of joint? Psalm 22:14  I am poured out Ö and all my bones are out of joint:.

My conclusion of his bones being out of joint is as follows:

When he got to Calvary they stripped the Lord and threw him on top of the wooden cross.

They nailed, piercing his hands and feet onto the tree. 

Luke 24:39  Behold my hands and my feet...

John 20:25  Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put

my finger into the print of the nails,

With ropes, they lifted the Lord up (John 3:14 8:28) nailed to the cross. The cross on its end falls into place.  The already dug and prepared socket is engaged.

The heavy IMPACT of the cross FALLING into the depth of the hole would have caused ALL his bones to be out of joint. 

The scriptures are fulfilled!

 A great company of people followed him; the women weeping were beside themselves.  Yet, the Lord Jesus turned to them to speak with them telling them not to weep for him, but to weep for themselves and for their children, he then prophesied to them   Luke 23:26-31  After all that he came through and more to come, even then he had compassion of love for his people. He was to be crucified along with two thieves led with him.

Crucifixion

On the 3rd hour, the Lord hangs from the cross, with two thieves in either side of him. This also that the scriptures be fulfilled Mark 15:27-28  prophecy Isaiah 53:12

Even then the mocking and jeering doesnít stop. Mark 15:29-32 Matthew 27:39-43  Luke 23:35-37  Psalm 22:7

The two thieves on either side of him have a go at him too! Mark 15:32 Luke 23:39 Matthew 27:44

The weight of the Lordís body sags down, more weight on the nails in the hands send excruciating, fiery pain to the fingers and up through the arms.  His central nervous system is in agonizing turmoil.

As he pushes himself up, he puts his weight on the nail through his feet. Again he feels the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the bones of his feet. As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through the shredded muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain.

 According to the medical profession air is pulled into the lungs easily enough due to the diaphragm which has dropped into the abdomen but exhaling is extremely difficult.  Each time He breathed out, each time he spoke, rendered unimaginable excruciating pain. As he pulls against the nails, his lacerated back drags against the rough face and splinters of the cross.

How precious Jesus' words from the cross were. Because when you talk, you only talk as you breathe out, not as you breathe in. Every word Jesus spoke on the cross was spoken as he pulls against the nails.

Keep in mind that all his bones are out of joint. So his spoken words would be extremely difficult and painful in the short sentences he spoke, in spite of all that was going on inside of him,  The unseen demonic forces are working overtime all about him!

Love beyond our comprehension shown that day on Calvaryís cross. 

How. Precious, how dear the Lord Jesus is.  Each word spoken cost him heart rendering pain.  For each of us, it cost him his life! 

The putrifying sores lying open would attract insects.  Burying themselves into his pitiful flesh, the   nails lying dormant and ready to infect his hands and feet.!.

A pitiful sight indeed!

 Pilate hung a written Declaration above the Lord's head to the world

THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Matthew 27:37

Of course the Jews resent this Declaration; according to them they had no King but Caesar! 

John 19:15 

Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. V22

 They divided his clothes into four parts, to every soldier.  Cast lots for his coat that was without seam; that the scriptures be fulfilled Matthew 27:35  prophecy in Psalm 22:18

Intercession

The Lord intercedes to the Father for the nation!

 Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do Luke 23:34

Again, the compassion of the Lord for his people is shown.  They are a forgiven people.  The Father always hears the prayer of his Son and granted his request! 

John 11:42  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

 The Lord commits his mother to Johnís keeping John 19:25-27

He does not refer to her as Ďmotherí anywhere in the Bible!  It is stated Woman, behold thy son!

 A voice from one of the thieves is muttering curses

(A painful death doesnít always convert).

On the other side of the cross he is rebuked by the other thief Luke 23:39-41, who has repented. 

In a weary voice of the repentant thief, he says Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:42-43. "To day", proves 'Immediate salvation'.  The repented thief has faith only.  Which brings us to the time before the Lord is crucified, then we have a 'faith and works' dispensation.  The New testament starts in Matthew chapter 27 when the Lord is crucified! We are now saved by faith ( Ephesians 2:8,9 ) 

 Hebrews 9:16  verifies this  "For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator."

Paradise at that time was referred to as Abrahamís bosom.  This was a place that was in afar off view of the literal hell.  Luke 16:19 tells the story of a rich man who went to hell and a beggar named Lazarus went to Abrahamís Bosom.

Luke 16:22-23  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Paul was caught up into Paradise ( 2Cor 12:4. )  Paradise of God  (Rev 2:7)

The Lord, when his work on the cross was done, would go down into the bowels of the earth and pray, preach, burn up the sins of the world in hell that he died for on the cross and move all the souls that were in Abrahamís bosom to the third heaven where He is now!

Luke 4:18 Eph 4:8 Ac 2:27, 31

Yes! Thatís right!!  The Lord Jesus went to hell for us!

And He is NOT going to be going back there for us either! 

Once and for all!!

Matthew 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Hebrews 7:27  Who needeth not daily Ö for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 

Romans 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once...

Hebrews 9:28; Hebrews 10:10; 1Peter 3:18;

 At the foot of the cross they all wait for the death of God, who came into the world to save sinners!

 His whole body is cramped and swollen, the blood vessels and arteries are constricted and with the poor circulation, infection will set in over the rusty nails!  His tongue swells and becomes dry! It cleaves to his jaw!

The prophecy in Psalm 22:14-15 was being fulfilled

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is

like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my

jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Darkness

And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole
land until the ninth hour. Mark 15:33 Luke 23:44
 

On the cross he became sin for us! 

He had drunk the spiritual cup that was spoken of in the Garden of Gethsemane.

In a loud voice he cries

Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

The invisible demonic battle had reached its peak and who could tell!

 

How can the Father forsake His Son like that?

Notice, the Lord Jesus DIDNíT say

My Father, my Father, why hast thouÖ ďBut ďMy God, my God,

Jesus bears the infinite wrath to be handed out to people who trust their sincerity, religion, church, sacraments, and beliefs instead of HIM

John 1:10-13 John 1:10-13  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The divine nature, the Son of God, is NOT forsaken by the Father in this hour, nor is there division in the Trinity. 

 Eternal death reveals itself at this point in the human consciousness of the Man Christ Jesus

(1 Tim 2:5)   

The Mediatorís conscience misses that comfort it has had with the Divine Nature of the Son of God.  For a moment it becomes FULLY AWARE of the Divine Wrath poured out on sin (the cup!) and in that hour he becomes sin for us, He spiritually becomes the serpent hanging on that tree for us, a curse, every grotesque inhumane perversion ever conceived was swallowed down. And most people say "what's Jesus ever done for them"

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up   ( 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13)

Lost in Hell: ďMy God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?Ē

Isaiah 59:2  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

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and roasted (Exod 12:1-12.  It is roasted without water (Exod 12:7-8).  It is burned (Exod 12:9).  It is a Lamb as a substitute (Exod 13:13).  It is a Lamb suffering for someone else (Is 53:6, 12;  John 1:29; Heb 9:28; 1 Peter 2:24.  It is a propitiation (payment to satisfy), is an expiation (to clean from sin), it is redemptive (to buy back something lost), and it is effective in that those who trust in it receives immediate, absolute assurance of eternal life, as a present and permanent possession.

Exchange of cup.

 Refusing the cup that would deaden the pain

To drink the cup that meant our gain,

He, Servant of all, trod a thorn-girt path

To bleed and to die and give all that he hath,

His soul crushed down in griefís dark hour

That others might gain by his sacrifice power,

 

His priestly garments he laid aside

To wash the feet of the weary and tried,

His Majesty linked with service so low,

He dared to stoop, that he might show

His power to bend, His joy to serve,

And touched His cup lip to the cupís cold curve 

(Author unknown)

 (Matt 26:39; 27:34; Psalm 116. 13; 1Cor 10:16)

Some of the onlookers that stood by thought the Lord Jesus was calling for Elias!

This man calleth for Elias. (Matthew 27:47)  

The 'Some of them 'a little more anxious than most of the onlookers because someone began thinking that perhaps He is the Messiah, and that Elijah is going to come back down, as he went up ( 2Kings2), and rescue and anoint the "King of Israel"

You will find if you study the passages, the connection between the sun "being darkened" and Elijah coming as a forerunner to the Second Advent ( Amos 8:9; Isa 5:30; 13:10; Amos 5:18,20; Mal 4; Zeph 1:15)
 

Knowing all things were now accomplished, that the scriptures might be fulfilled, saith ďI thirst.Ē 

This is what the rich man in Hell said (Luke 16; 19- ).  The similarities are apparent; there is a literal hell!

 He is received from a reed of 6 cubits (9 feet) a spunge soaked in vinegar John 19:29.

Only on one other occasion, did the Lord ask for a drink, youíll find that in John 4:7

Both these times, the drinks were not fermented wine!

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.  John 19:30

The final work on the cross of Calvary was finished.

His blood atonement for our sins was shed that we might gain entry into heaven.  No other works of any kind that we might do, or indulgences necessary.  Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags...

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

No Sacrifice but Calvary

No Priest but Christ

No Confessional but

the Throne of Grace

No Authority

but the

Word Of God

 

It was the Jewish preparation.  The Jews sought Pilate for permission to

 break their legs, as the bodies should not remain on the cross.

The victims used their legs to press down onto their nailed feet to take a breath.

     Besides the agonizing pain, this would cause them to suffocate more quickly, thus speeding up the death process.  The soldiers broke the legs of the thievesí first, but when they came to the Lord, they didnít break his legs as he was already dead. John 19:31-33 

We are reminded what is written in John 19:36 and O/T Prophecyís that no bones are broken

But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.  John 19:34

 By doing this it confirmed to them the death of our Lord.

This piercing of the spear was prophesied in Zech 12:10   It had to come to pass so that we were to look upon the one they had pierced.  Zechariah 12:10 was fulfilled.

 

All that the Lord was sent to do on this earth has been accomplished. 

No man took the Lord's life

John 10:15-18  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

He lay down his life

John 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

He gave up the Ghost,

 

John 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

He sits at the right hand of God making intercession for us.

Hebrews 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

Hebrews 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

He Lives forever more

 

Revelation 1:18   I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;

Miniscule excerpts from Doctor P. S Ruckman's Commentary     

See also Three days and Three nights

 

To God be the Glory!

By prayer and leading of the Holy Spirit. The Lord has given us

     guidance, strength and endurance through the Lord Jesus Christ,

in the time taken to put this material  together.

May his countenance shine upon you!.

Bearing his reproach

 

Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.

John Wycliffe 1320-1384

John Wycliffe 1320-1384

 

John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

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