Turning Point #12 – The Crucifixion of Jesus

This truly is the turning point of all human history!

Jesus was arrested, put through a unfair trial by the Jewish Sanhedrin, pronounced guilty, and turned over to the Roman governor Pilate. Pilate examined Him, and though he found no fault in Him, in order to please the Jews, authorized His execution.

The Roman cross was perhaps the most painful and humiliating way to die in all of human history. The actual physical suffering (including scourging and various beatings) started well before he was nailed to the cross. The emotional strain (sweating like drops of blood) was seen in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prayer in the garden, “if it is possible let this cup pass from me” is a testimony to the horror of the cross. He actually asked if there wasn’t some way out, but at the same time said, not my will, but yours be done”.

His final words on the cross may refer to the spiritual suffering involved in bearing the sins of the world:

“My God My God why have You Forsaken Me” has been explained as expressing the moment He absorbed the sins of mankind. God is wholly pure and for Jesus to take on the sins for world would create separation. We cannot comprehend how that separation must have hurt both Jesus and His father.

“It is finished”. I take this to mean the price for our salvation had been paid. He completed all the suffering that the justice of God demanded. Jesus did not, as some think, descend into hell and suffer for 3 days! Near the end of his 6 hours on the cross He said, It is finished and then showed His faith by saying “Father Into your hands I commit my Spirit.”

“Jesus prayer in the garden, “if it is possible let this cup pass from me” is a testimony to the horror of the cross”. Agree or Disagree? Thoughts?

Consider John 12:32-33 where Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

How does Jesus being lifted up draw men to Him?

2 thoughts on “Turning Point #12 – The Crucifixion of Jesus

  1. There are so many horrors of the cross and I don’t know what Jesus feared most…the physical pain, the humiliation of maltreatment by those He came to save, the abandonment of His friends…although I suspect it was the separation from God that carrying our sins created. God is always active in lives … of the righteous and unrighteousness. I truly cannot imagine the horror of being forsaken by God even for a moment.

    Drawing men to Him by being lifted up … as people understand the purpose, sacrifice and the meaning of the cross it is a tremendous draw.


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