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The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ475
“My God, My God, for this I was destined!”
I did not want to write how they crucified my Lord. The pain He went through is horrible and indescribable. I had to delay and pray for many days before I finally forced myself.
After they had mocked Him, they took off the purple robe, which was clotted to the blood on His back with the torn muscles, skin ripped off, and bare bones exposed from the lashings and that must have caused excruciating pain, the same as when He had been lashed, or worse. They put His own clothes back on Him and took Him away to be crucified to the place which is called The Skull, but in Hebrew is called Golgotha. They forced Him to carry His cross, but the torn muscles on His back and His loss of blood from the scourging and tearing of the robe would not allow Him to carry it and He repeatedly fell. So they compelled a man from Cyrene, which is in Libya in northern Africa, named Simon, who was coming from the field, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry the cross for Jesus.
Many people followed Him with women wailing and lamenting over Him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not cry over me. Instead, cry for yourselves and for you own children, for the day will come when they say blessed are the barren and the wombs that never conceived, and the breasts that never nursed. Then is when they tell the mountains to fall on them, and the hills to cover them. If they do this to the Living Branch, what will they do with dry wood?”
Two evil doers also went with Jesus. When they came to the place near the city called The Skull, which is called Golgotha in Hebrew, the three crosses were lying on the ground with a hole in front of them for the cross to be dropped into. Jesus was laid on His bloody, torn back on the cross and His arms were stretched out on the crossbar. Iron spikes were driven probably between the two bones at each wrist, for if the spikes were driven though the palms of each hand, the hands would have split apart when He was hung up on the cross, and He would have fallen upside down on His feet that they then drove a spike through.476 The pain was unimaginably excruciating when the spikes were driven in, especially when His feet were nailed to the cross.
As they crucified Him, the soldiers ridiculed Him and gave Him vinegar mixed with myrrh to drink saying, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” Vinegar and myrrh was used to drug victims to be crucified. He tasted it and did not wish to drink it, preferring to face reality as clear-headed as possible. The soldiers then took His clothing and divided it among them by casting lots477 and they sat around and guarded Him there.
Pilate was there, and he wrote on a stone tablet, “THIS IS JESUS NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS” and placed the tablet on the cross. A great many Jews read the tablet which was written in Aramaic and also in Greek and Roman. The high priests then told Pilate to not write that He is King of the Jews, but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews’. But Pilate replied, “What I have written, I have written.” [In Aramaic, 'I' and 'I AM' are exactly the same word. When Moses asked God what He should tell the people His name was, God said, "I AM" meaning the self-existent One. Therefore, the sign also said, "What God (I AM) has written, I have written." Nazareth means victorious. So the sign said THIS IS JESUS, VICTORIOUS KING OF THE JEWS.]
Then they lifted the cross and dropped it into the hole that was deep enough to hold the cross upright. The jolt of the cross crashing down into the hole may have pulled Jesus’ arms out of His sockets, and was extremely painful, especially because of His severely torn back muscles and flesh.478 But Jesus said, “Oh Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing!”
The two criminals were also crucified, one on Jesus’ right side and the other on His left. The scriptures were fulfilled which said, “He was numbered with the wicked.”479 Those who passed by Jesus hanging there blasphemed Him and shook their heads saying, “Oh you who can tear down the temple and rebuild it in three days, deliver yourself if you are the Son of God and come down from the cross!”
The high priests, the scribes, the elders and the Pharisees were also laughing and mocking our Lord, saying, “He saved others, but cannot save himself? If he is the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe in him.”
One of the bandits who were crucified with Jesus also reproached Him. This malefactor said, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and save us also!”
The other one rebuked the other bandit and asked, “Do you not fear even God when you are also of the same judgment? Ours is just, for we are paid what we deserve and as we have done; but He has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said to Jesus, “Remember me, my Lord, when you come on your kingdom.”
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
The first man that Jesus took into heaven was a bandit. This bandit taught all of us that no matter how bad we are, the secret to getting into heaven is to simply believe that Jesus is God, come to earth as a human. This criminal did not have to get down off the cross and repay everyone that he sinned against or the families of those he may have murdered. He did not have to live a sinless life for a certain number of years. All he had to do is believe in Jesus as the Christ, the only human Son of the Living God.
Jesus’ mother, His mother’s sister and Mary, the wife of Cleopas480 and Mary Magdalene were standing by. When Jesus saw His mother and His disciple whom He loved standing there, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”
Then He said to His disciple, “Behold your mother!” and from that very hour the disciple took her with him.
This may have been the disciple John, because according to tradition, John and Mary later appeared at Mount Athos in Greece, and twenty Greek Orthodox monasteries were then built on the island.481
From the sixth hour of daylight [about noon] until the ninth hour the sun was darkened and there was darkness all over the land. By the ninth hour, Jesus was almost totally dehydrated so that His tongue probably stuck to the roof of His mouth,482 and He could not swallow. His lungs were probably filled with fluid, making it extremely difficult to breathe. He said, “I thirst.” so that the scripture was fulfilled in Psalm 69:21, “They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.” and Jesus knew that everything He had come to do was accomplished so that the scripture was fulfilled.
He cried out in Aramaic, “Eil, Eil, I’mana sh’wik-thani!” meaning “I AM, I AM, for this I was destined!” [I AM is what God told Moses His name is in Exodus 3:14].
When they heard this, some of the men who were standing by thought He had called for Elijah. One of them ran and filled a sponge with vinegar from a pitcher that had been placed there and put it on the point of a reed and placed it in His mouth, but the others said, “Let us wait and see if Elijah will come and save him.”
Jesus drank the vinegar and then cried out, “Behold, it is fulfilled [or it is finished]!”, and gave up His spirit. Immediately the curtains at the door of the temple were torn in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth quaked and the rocks split. Then tombs were opened and the bodies of many saints who were sleeping rose up and went out; and after His resurrection, they entered into the holy city and it was recorded that they appeared to a great many people.
When a centurion who was standing by and those who were watching Jesus saw all these things taking place, they were frightened, and said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” And the centurion praised God and said, “Truly this was a righteous man!”
There were all the acquaintances of Jesus who had come with Him to Jerusalem including many women there who were looking from a distance, those who had followed Jesus from Galilee, and who used to minister to Him, and when they saw and heard what happened, they beat their breasts. One of them was Mary of Magdala whom Jesus had freed of seven demons [Luke 8:2]; others were Mary, the mother of James the young [western version: the less, who was one of the disciples] and James' brother Joses; and Salome, the wife of Zebedee whose sons were James and John [Matthew 27:56] who had followed Him and ministered to him when He was in Galilee.
Since it was Friday, the Jews said, “Do not leave these bodies on the crosses because the Sabbath is coming.” That day was a great Sabbath, because it was the celebration of the Passover. It was important that Jesus be slain at this time, because during the ancient Passover in Egypt, lambs without blemish were slain, and their blood put over the doors of the Hebrews, God’s special people who believed in God. Jesus' blood is now over all of God’s people who believe in Jesus. These were the Christians who prayed for God to save America from destruction on November 8, 2017. November 8th was like a miracle Passover, when those under the blood of Jesus were saved from the destruction that the Communists, atheists, New World Order and Islamic Terrorists had planned for them and was already in full progress. Before the election, I prayed for America. As I was praying, the word "Passover" popped into my head. I asked our Father if the election will be a Passover for those under the blood of Jesus, what about those that are not Christians? Will they be destroyed, the answer that came into my head was, "Confused!" It is obvious that these people are totally confused, and we must pray for them to learn the truth, so that the truth will also make them free.
The Jews wanted Pilate to have the legs broken of those crucified, and to have them taken down, so the soldiers broke the legs of the criminals on the cross, but when they came to Jesus, they saw that He had been dead for a long time, so they did not break His legs.
One of the soldiers pierced His side with a lance and blood and water came out. Whoever saw it testified, and this testimony is true, so that you also will believe that these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled that said that not one of His bones will be broken483. Another scripture said, “They shall look on whom they have pierced.484, 485
476. Psalm 22:16.
477. Psalm 22:18.
478. Psalm 22: 14, 17.
479. Isaiah 53:12.
480. Luke 24:18.
482. Psalm 22:15.
483. Psalm 34:19-20.
484. Zechariah 12: 10; Psalm 22:16.
485. Matthew 27:31-56; Mark 15:20-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:17-37.
The Burial of the Human God
In the evening of Friday before the Sabbath, a rich disciple of Jesus, Joseph of Ramtha, a city of Judea [Arimathaea in Western versions], a good and righteous man and an honorable counselor and member of the Jewish Sanhedrin, who was also waiting for the kingdom of God dared to go to Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus. He did this in secret because he was afraid of the Jews who had Jesus crucified. Pilate marveled that Jesus was already dead, and then called the centurion and asked if Jesus had already died. When the centurion confirmed it, Pilate commanded him to release the body to Joseph and granted Joseph permission to take it.
There also came Nicodemus, who at first had come to Jesus by night; and he brought with him a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pints. Then Joseph and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body and wrapped Him with the spices in a shroud of fine linen that he had bought for this purpose in accordance with the custom of the Jews in burial. There was a garden near the place where Jesus was crucified, and they laid the body in Joseph’s own new tomb, where no man was ever laid before. The tomb was hewn in a rock, and they rolled a stone that was uphill of the tomb and weighed about two tons or more, against the door of the tomb and left.
Mary of Magdala and Mary, the mother of James and Joses saw where He was laid, and were sitting opposite the tomb.486
486. Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42.
Guarding the Tomb
The next day after Friday, the Preparation Day for the Passover Sabbath, the high priests and Pharisees gathered together at Pilate’s palace, or residence. They told him, “Our lord, we just remembered that the deceiver and imposter used to say when he was alive that after three days he would rise again. Therefore command that precautions be taken at the tomb for three days, so that his disciples will not come at night and steal him and tell the people that he rose from the grave. The last deception will be worse than the first.”
Pilate answered, “You have security guards; go and keep watch as best you know how.”
The priests and Pharisees went to keep a watch at the tomb, and together with the security guards, they sealed the stone to the tomb.487
487. Matthew 27:62-66.
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