Samuel Abbate MD

(One Perfect Life Chapters 190-193) Crucifixion was the most painful form of death ever devised by men. It is the death Jesus suffered on our behalf for the forgiveness of our sins – our propitiation (Romans 3:25). Prior to being placed on the cross Jesus was scourged and mocked. The soldiers mocked Him in part by bowing before. They did not realize that in the future, “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11; Isaiah 45:23).

Criminals were forced to carry the cross bar on which they would be crucified. Jesus had been up all night ad had been scourged by Pilate. Scourging resulted in considerable blood loss. For both of these reasons Simon the Cyrene was enlisted to carry the crossbeam behind Jesus. Women were mourning for Jesus as He passed but He told them to “weep for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 23:28) because those that called for His crucifixion had said “His blood shall be on us and on our children” (Matthew 27:25).

The Jewish people arranged for the crucifixion of Jesus but Jesus died at the hands of the gentiles. Both Jew and gentile were complicit in His death. Both Jew and gentile are saved by His death and resurrection.

On His way to His crucifixion on Golgatha, Jesus warned that if the Romans would carry out such a fierce punishment on an innocent man that they should fear what the Romans would do to a nation that was guilty of rejecting Him. They would find out in 70 A.D. when the Romans laid siege on Jerusalem and razed the Temple and the city. Josephus estimated that over 1 million Jews were killed.

The crime for which a criminal was crucified would be posted above them on the cross. Jesus crime was “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.” The first letters of this phrase in Hebrew were: yod-hey-vav-hey. This spells Yehovah the name of God. This is why the religious leaders wanted the sign changed. Jesus was their God who came to earth in human form to die for their sins. He was the ultimate Passover lamb that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

Jesus showed His compassion even while suffering on the cross. Many called for Him to save Himself, if He really was the Son of God. One of the thieves that was crucified with Him joined the mocking. The other recognized His innocence and instead asked for mercy. Jesus gladly affirmed his salvation (Luke 23:43). Jesus also gave instructions for the apostle John to care for His mother Mary (John 19:25-27) – another act of compassion from a suffering Savior.

The darkness of God’s judgement descends on the land as Jesus was on the cross. Jesus fulfills all the requirements of the Messiah and then declares “tetelestai” (John 19:30). The cost of sin had been “paid in full,” we are saved.

Load comments