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Jesus Hanging and Dying on the Cross
by Clifford Tate 
03/28/13
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Matthew 27:32-56

Now the hour has finally arrived and our Lord knew that His prayers for another way to save man from his sin were not possible. He girded up His waist and prepared Himself as His own familiar friend handed Him over to the Jewish religious rulers at night. They came so by night to remain away from the multitudes of the common people who gladly heard the Lord Jesus’ words. These poor misguided religious rulers had been plotting to kill the Lord Jesus Christ from the very beginning of His earthly ministry, but they could not because He had not allowed them to before His appointed time. Remember He said, “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

Think of it, He walked in Judea, Samaria, Capernaum, even Jerusalem and all the other surrounding cities for 31/2 years healing, forgiving sins, feeding people, and destroying the works of the devil every day all the while His own people (Jews) were plotting to kill Him every day believing Him to be an imposter. He had told His disciples so many times that He would be turned over into the hands of sinners to be mocked, spat upon, beaten, and killed, then He would rise from the dead, but on every occasion they did not understand Him.

Luke 18:31-34 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.” But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken. NKJV

There He is hanging on that wooden tree (just as He told them He would be) becoming the curse of sin for everyone that will come to Him in repentance and faith. Before they nailed Him to the tree, He had been flogged and beaten so severely that He was not even recognizable and He could not physically carry His cross all the way up to Golgotha and so Simon the Cyrene was compelled to bear Christ cross for Him to the top of that hill (see the article entitled “Are we Bearing our Cross-for Him Today?”, http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=91234). The cross was and still remains the most brutal, cruel, and painful instrument of death and execution ever used by man. This is one of the reasons our Lord was not born until this time period because God the Father wanted to show forth His wrath against sin by using the worst human instrument to pour out His wrath upon His own Son.

Isaiah 52:14 [For many the Servant of God became an object of horror; many were astonished at Him.] His face {and} His whole appearance were marred more than any man’s, and His form beyond that of the sons of men--but just as many were astonished at Him. QAB

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. NKJV

These people thought they were putting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to death, but we see that God the Father authored Christ’s death because of His great love for the human race that is separated from Him by sin. The Lord’s crime according to the Jewish people was His claim to be the King of the Jews, but the Father is making His very innocent and sinless soul an offering, a sacrifice for the sins of every true repentant man, woman, boy, and girl. Now as our Lord hangs there in physical pain the people then amp up their mocking of Him and after witnessing 31/2 years of miracle after miracle by His powerful, merciful, and loving hands (and yet they did not believe Him to be Messiah) they now say to Him get Yourself down from this Roman cross then we will believe You. In other words let us see this one last miracle and then we will believe all the other miracles were from God and believe that You are Christ the Messiah. Even today many people need some sort of tangible proof of God’s existence before they will truly trust Him. The people, the chief priest, the elders, and the scribes they all supposed that if our Lord was in fact YAWEH’s Son, then certainly He (YAWEH) would come down in power and might to save His son from this graphic death. Well YAWEH will come down in power and might but not to save His Son but to split in half (by a mighty earthquake) the place where they practiced their false hypocritical worship.

Our Lord is now nearing death but first He must receive man’s sin into His soul and in so doing the Father has to turn His back to the Son for the only time in eternity and for three hours the sky was pitch black in the middle of the day as our Lord became sin for us. This is the moment on the cross that caused those great drops of blood to fall from His head while He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. This was the reason He went back to the Father three times praying the same words to find an alternative way so that He would not have to be in this very moment. This is what made His flesh shriek back from the cross and crucifixion not the physical pain He would endure in His body. He displayed the very heart of an earthly son when his father is about to leave the house and the little boy says, “Daddy, Daddy, don’t leave me”, so did our Lord likewise when He sensed the Fathers presence not near to Him and He cried out like the little earthly son, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” He like the little earthly son cried out in the distress that abandonment brings to the heart. Once again the people devoid of the Old Testament Scriptures that foretold this day thought He again was crying out for someone from Heaven to come and remove Him from the cross. Finally, our Lord cried out again with a loud voice and said, “It is finished” and He yields up or sends away His Spirit to the Father and dies to redeem you and me from our sin by taking it away from us and placing it upon Himself.

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? NKJV

Revelation 1:5-6 “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” NKJV

“The man with a cross no longer controls his destiny; he lost control when he picked up his cross. That cross immediately became to him an all-absorbing interest, an overwhelming interference. No matter what he may desire to do, there is but one thing he can do; that is, move on toward the place of crucifixion.” A. W. Tozer 1897-1963

“The cross is the center of the world’s history; the incarnation of Christ and the crucifixion of our Lord are the pivot round which all the events of the ages revolve. The testimony of Christ was the spirit of prophecy, and the growing power of Jesus is the spirit of history.” Alexander MacLaren 1826-1910

“Gospellers have much to say about what Christ death has accomplished for those who believe in Him, but very little is said about what that Death accomplished Godward. The fact is that the death of Christ glorified God if never a single sinner had been saved by virtue of it.” A. W. Pink 1886-1952

“All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all @#!*% terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.” Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

“Non-Christians seem to think that the Incarnation implies some particular merit or excellence in humanity. But of course it implies just the reverse: a particular demerit and depravity. No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.” C. S. Lewis 1898-1963

“The heart of Christ became like a reservoir in the midst of the mountains. All the tributary streams of iniquity, and every drop of the sins of His people, ran down and gathered into one vast lake, deep as @#!*% and shoreless as eternity. All these met, as it were, in Christ’s heart, and He endured them all.” Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...


Sincerely in Christ,


Clifford D. Tate, Sr.

Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…



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