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CRUCIFIXION CONNECTION

Posted by Faron Franklin on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Under: Faron's Footnote

     Jesus died a horrible death wreaked with pain.  Why so graphic?  God did not want to us to forget the price He paid for our sin so we can have eternal life.  Have you ever just considered the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

 

Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - His Death

     The crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His resurrection are the two most important events in human history.  I am sure there are many worldly thinkers who would dispute my claim, but when you are a Christian---that truth is included in the foundation of your faith.   Why is this so?  Because of Jesus' death, the human race has the opportunity for salvation---that has eternal significance.  

     All four of the New Testament Gospels talk of the crucifixion of Christ. These God-inspired authors (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) give us graphic accounts of what happened in the final hours of the life of Jesus.    They also give clear insight to the ancient Roman practice of crucifixion. Here are some main points in the crucifixion timeline:

·   Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:43-52).

·   Jesus endured six trials - three by Jewish leaders and three by the Romans (John 18:12-14, Mark 14:53-65, Mark 15:1a, Mark 15: 1b-5, Luke 23:6-12, Mark 15:6-15) Jesus survived painful beating, whipping, and mocking (Mark 15:16-20)

·   Pilate tried to compromise with the religious leaders by having Jesus beaten, but this act didn't satisfy them. Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified (Mark 15:6-15)

·   Jesus was mocked by the soldiers as they dressed Him in a purple robe and a crown of thorns (John 19:1-3)

·   Jesus was crucified on Golgotha, which means the Place of the Skull (Mark 15:22) The sky turned dark for three hours (Mark 15:33).

·   Jesus cried, "Father! Into your hands I commit my spirit!" and He died (Luke 23:46).

 

     As you visualize what happened to Jesus your heart becomes heavy with grief.   You know all this pain inflicted on Him was because your sin.   Willingly Jesus laid down His life and endured the pain.   Have you seen Him die through eyes of faith?

 

     His back is bleeding.   Shreds of flesh mingle with old and fresh blood.   His shoulders, tingling with pain, now are forced to carry the weight of an old rugged cross.  With each agonizing step the splinters and heaviness of the cross dig into the torn flesh of the Savior.   The heat from the midday sun beats down on Him like an ant under a magnifying glass. 

 

     Physically- - - mentally - - - emotionally - - - spiritually- - - - - - exhausted, He journeys up the rugged heights of Golgotha.   Finally reaching the appointed place of execution, His back is laid against the rough wood of the cross.  His arms are stretched and the nail is placed into position.   The hammer is raised and suddenly crashes against the nail, piercing the hands of the One who calmed the sea, healed the sick, and raised the dead.    The crash of the hammer and nails scream soprano tones throughout the rocky hillside.  Another nail is positioned over His beautiful feet that once walked on water.  His body tenses and jerks with agony as the hammer and nail meet.  Cries of pain force themselves from His weaken body.

 

     Some bystanders weep as they hear His moans.   Others smile as they mock Him.  Weeping, laughing and mocking mingle with the clutter of the soldier’s feet.

 

     Now they raise the cross to lower it into the prepared opening in the earth.  His back scrapes against the rough wood as it falls into place.   His arm tenses as the beam hits hard against the cold earth in the bottom of the hole. 

 

     Jesus is now suspended between Heaven and Earth.  For three hours He hangs there with the pitiless rays of the sun beating down on His thorn-crowned brow.   Insects swarm the drying blood and sweat.  His breathing is shallow and each deep breath comes at a great cost.   For His lungs to fill full of fresh air He must rise by standing on the nail through His feet and pull His body up with His arms.   He can only stand the pain for mere seconds as he gasps for air; then His body falls limp in exhaustion.   His body is fighting His will.   He does not have the strength to do it over again, but His body fights for survival as His legs begin to straighten and His arms regain strength for one more gulp of air.

 

     This was followed by the three hours of darkness---It’s now over.

 

     The Savior of the world now separated from God the Father.  Why did the Father turn away from Him?     Jesus took on the sin of all mankind.  It is against the character of God to face sin, so God withdrew Himself from communication with His Son while Jesus bore the guilt of the world's sin.  Your sin---my sin---the sin of the whole World.

 

Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - His Burial and Resurrection

Following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.  Joseph was given permission to bury Jesus, so he brought fine linen, wrapped the body, laid Jesus in a tomb and rolled a large stone across the entrance.  Jesus was in the grave for three days. After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of Jesus), and Salome prepared spices to anoint Jesus' body. When they arrived at the tomb, the stone had already been rolled away!  They entered the tomb, where an angel said, "Don't be alarmed. . .You are looking for Jesus the Na0zarene, who was crucified.  He has risen! He is not here.  See the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee.   There you will see him, just as he told you'" (Mark 16:6-7).

Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - His Eternal Gift

 

What does the crucifixion of Jesus Christ have to do with you?  God, who knows what you're are made of, knew you could not live the sinless life necessary for heaven.  So He decided to offer Himself in your place.  He did that by becoming a man in the person of Jesus Christ, His own Son. Jesus lived a sinless life on earth. 

God had said the punishment for sin is death. Since we all have sinned (Romans 3:23, 6:23), we needed someone sinless to die in our place. Jesus, being sinless, died in our place.   He died for you!   Romans 5:10 says, "For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" 

The Bible says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God”  (Hebrews 11:6).  Attending church or performing good works will not contribute to your salvation.  God saves you by His grace through our obedience to His Word.  So turn from your sin (Luke 13:3), confess Jesus as Lord and God’s Son (Matthew 16:16), and be immersed for the remission of all your sin and the dwelling presence of God through His Spirit (Acts 2:23, Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21).  Jesus is offering you the gift of eternal life.   Will you accept it by obeying His Truth?

 

“Thank you God for sending Your Son to die on the cross.   We marvel at Your amazing grace.   Thank you for loving us this much.  In Jesus Name---Amen.”

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