Jesus Part Three Death on the Cross by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Three traitors to Jesus. All expected according to the scriptures.  How many of us are traitors to God?

Matthew 27:32-56 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, they parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise, also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, truly this was the Son of God. And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.

Welcome back to our series Titled Jesus.  The first episode we talked about the baby Jesus being born.  This is the main reason we celebrate Christmas.

Yes, we missed a week due to technical difficulty but last week we learned about Jesus as a child.  There is not much written in the bible about Jesus as a child, but we do pick up where Mary & Joseph travelled in a caravan from Nazareth to Jerusalem, a ninety-mile trip.  They left not realizing Jesus was not with them. Upon returning, they found Jesus’ learning from the masters, and this is where he says to His parents, “Why do you seek me? Do you not know I have to do the work of my Father?”

Now we go from not much said about Jesus as a child to him learning from the Masters in the Temple.  As Jesus grew, He started to recruit His disciples. Jesus, once he had His 12 disciples, he would spend his time praying, performing miracles, and training the disciples. Some of the miracles included:

  • Changing water into wine at Cana in John 2:1-11 – “the first of the signs”
  • Healing the royal official’s son in Capernaum in John 4:46-54.
  • Healing the paralytic at Bethesda in John 5:1-15.
  • Feeding the 5000 in John 6:5-14.
  • Jesus’ walking on water in John 6:16-24.
  • Healing the man blind from birth in John 9:1-7.

Now we have come to evening where Jesus has what we refer to as the Last Supper.  Located on an upper floor of King David’s Tomb, the Room of the Last Supper, also called the Cenacle, is considered one of the holiest sites for Christianity in Jerusalem.

The twelve chosen disciples along with Jesus to share in the tradition of what we refer to as Communion or the Lord’s Supper.

During the feast, Jesus says that one will betray him:

Matthew 26:24-25 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered, and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, thou hast said.

Jesus also tells another disciple that he will also betray him:

Matthew 26:33-35 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise, also said all the disciples.

Then we know that Jesus is betrayed by Judas for 30 silver coins.  Today those coins would be worth a grand total of $197.40. 

This is where Jesus is led away by the very guards that paid the blood money to Judas.  This was to fulfil the scriptures.

Today its called Santorini, but back in Jesus’ day it was called Cyrene.  Cyrene was on the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa. Enter Simon who we do not know the reason for being in Jerusalem, but he might have been a Jewish pilgrim. Apparently, his sons became well-known in the early church. Simon was forced to carry his cross indicating that Jesus may have already been too weak to carry himself.  It was tradition that the condemned would carry their own cross to the execution place.

We now arrive at Golgotha. Translated meaning the place of the skull. The Latin word for “skull” is calvaria, from which the English word Calvary derives.  Currently it’s inside the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. 

Remember, at this point they are ready to nail Jesus to the cross.  He has already been tried and found guilty of crimes he did not commit.  If he had, it would have gone against scriptures that said he lived a perfect sinless life. Before nailing him to the cross they offered him wine mixed with Galt which is meant to mitigate the pain.

Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; And in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

They now mock and crucify Jesus. They strip him and divide His clothes among the guards. They then place a placard saying this is “Jesus, the king of the Jews”. The placard identified the charge against Jesus, declaring Him a messianic pretender and a political threat to Rome. Ironically, this sign proclaims Jesus’ identity.

They then put two thieves, on crosses, one on each side of Jesus. There are several reasons this was come to pass but basically it was to fulfill prophesy that was planned hundreds of years before.

For the last part of today’s message, we move onto the actual death. We know that Jesus died for the sins of the world.  The significance of his death is conveyed through supernatural occurrences. 

About noon, the sixth hour of the day, a darkness came over the land. According to scriptures it lasted three hours. Theologians says it was an act of God to show sympathy for his son while others say it was God’s judgment on sin.

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

These are similar words to God calling “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”? This closely demonstrates the suffering and death of Jesus. There are those that feel that Jesus is calling Elijah. 

One more time they offer a sponge dipped in sour wine.  This was to dull the pain or quench the thirst.  Jesus refused.  A short time later it is said that Jesus gave up the spirit.  In other words, Jesus had dies.

Consider this for a moment, Jesus was on the cross because Pilate gave into the people.  What would our world be like today if Jesus had not died on the cross for our sins?

He came to show us the way and then our debt He paid

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