What did Jesus suffer in our place upon the cross? And why?
Nailed to a cross, hung to die:
And when He gave up the Ghost, an Earthquake:
It is generally accepted that the beating shown in the movie The Passion of
The Christ, albeit very graphic, is insufficient. He was regarded as being
hung upon the cross in a form "unrecognizable as a man.". Cut and maimed so
badly, beaten to the core with his bones poking through, his muscles torn.
Psalm 22 speaks of some of this:
14 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.
15 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.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed
me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
He took all of this to set us free from the punishment of sin. And what
we see here on the Earth is only what happened in the flesh. What then
happened to Him in Hell when God the Father poured out His wrath full
strength upon His Son for ALL of the sin of ALL the believers, past,
present, and future ... the Bible records it literally crushed Him.
We haven't seen that part on this side of the grave. But it was far
worse than He endured here upon the Earth. The pouring out of punishment
literally crushed God. And such a punishment awaits all who don't find
salvation in Jesus Christ. And there's no coming back from that degree
of punishment by anyone ... except the One who's already come back, the
One who reaches out to save you right now today, so that you might live
and not receive that punishment, being set free by His blood, by His love,
by His free offer of salvation.
He stands with His arms out waiting for you to come to Him. I pray you
do. You have tremendous value and I would like to see you in Heaven.
If you've never seen the Passion of the Christ, it conveys the story of the
last days on Earth for Jesus, the passion. It covers some of His teaching
in the time before, the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, His betrayal, the
mock trial where they found no fault in Him, and the sentence of Pontius
Pilate who condemned Him to death by crucifixion even though he found no
fault in Him, but Pilate was afraid of an uprising and even more bloodshed,
so He condemned an innocent man to keep the peace, as it were.
You can read about the story in the Bible:
Some key passages:
Luke 23:23-24 -- The sentence of death by crucifixion
23 And [the crowd was] instant with loud voices, requiring that he
might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief
priests [the Jewish authority] prevailed.
24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
Luke 23:44-46 -- The death
44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over
all the earth until the ninth hour.
45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent
in the midst.
46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father,
into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus,
he gave up the ghost.
Luke 23:52-53 -- The burial
52 This man [Joseph of Arimathaea] went unto Pilate, and begged
the body of Jesus.
53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in
a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before
Luke 24:1-7 -- The Resurrection
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning,
they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they
had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout,
behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth,
they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when
he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful
men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
The Passion of the Christ movie is available at your local movie rental
place, and online for purchase or viewing. Netflix periodically has it
for viewing, but right now it's on Netflix DVD-only.
The Bible teaches us that "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the
word of God" (http://biblehub.com/kjv/romans/10-17.htm).
If your faith is weak, read the Bible. The words of the Bible are His
words, penned by men through the power and guidance of His Holy Spirit.
The words of the Bible are alive and active and they will increase one's
faith, and lead the truth seeker into knowledge of the truth, as much as
they're able to receive.
But for the one not seeking the truth, it will forever be a veiled enigma
that seems undecipherable, unintelligible, unbelievable, and a book to be
mocked and poked fun at, along with all those who believe in the One the
book speaks about, Jesus Christ.
It is that way because of the division between the born again nature,
and the natural man. The two are irreconcilable, and they are polar
opposites. The natural man cannot receive the things of God, and the
born again person cannot continue for long in the things of man, for
the ways of God are far greater, as they lead to life, life eternal,
and life more abundant.
Rick C. Hodgin