A DAILY LIGHT BITE

DOES AND DON’T’S

Some say that Christianity or religion is just a bunch of does and don’ts meted out by a judgmental God! Well, one things for sure, when my son was little I often had to say don’t do that, or you can do that! Did that make me a harsh, judgemental dad? Of course not, I did it because I love him and wanted the best for him and I knew because I’m older and wiser that something’s are harmful, thus I said no or don’t or don’t touch, but if it was good and helpful I would of course say yes!!

God is so much wiser than any of us, and because He is all-knowing He say’s DON’T, to something’s, and DO, to others! Here are some beauties from Psalm 37 and I challenge anyone to say that God HASN’T got our best interests in mind here!

Psalm 37

Verse 1 don’t worry and don’t be envious of those who do wrong.

Verse 3 [Instead], do trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Verse 7 [Do] be still in the presence of the Lord and [do] wait for Him to act. [Or my paraphrase, ‘Stop fidgeting, keep still, don’t be restless, lay in God’s arms and in His time He’ll act’!]

Verse 8 don’t be angry and don’t be full of rage. Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.

Verse 34 don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along His path.

Pretty sage and sound advise if you ask me. So go and do the do’s and don’t do the don’ts! [Sounds a bit like a Police song!] LOL

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

Day 12

THE RESURRECTION MATTER.

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Scriptures:  On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:1-3

Observations: 3 REASONS THE RESURRECTION MATTER By Brian G Hedges. The resurrection of Jesus (alongside his crucifixion) is the central historical event in the Christian faith. Without the resurrection there would be no Christianity. “If Christ has not been raised,” wrote St. Paul, “then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14) I am [we are] Christians because we believe in the resurrection. I am convinced that after dying a violent death on a Roman cross on a Friday afternoon in [about] 30 A.D, Jesus of Nazareth came back to life and emerged from the tomb on Sunday morning. This is not easy to believe. But if it is true, it is the most pivotal event in human history. Much has been written in defense of Jesus’ resurrection, the most thorough and convincing book being N. T. Wright’s massive 800-page volume, The Resurrection of the Son of God.

What is unquestionable is that the first generation of Jesus’ followers did believe he had risen, and were convinced that everything had changed as a result. Consider just three of the ways the New Testament highlights the significance of the resurrection are:

  • Jesus’ resurrection means that his sacrificial death on the cross was sufficient, and therefore our sins can be forgiven. Paul emphasizes this in 1 Corinthians 15, reminding us that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (vv. 3-4). Then, in verse 17, he argues that “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”

In other words, Paul saw a direct connection between the resurrection of Jesus and the sufficiency of his death to atone for our sins. When Jesus rose again on the third day, it was the public announcement that God was fully satisfied with the sacrificial death of his Son.  In his resurrection, Jesus was vindicated (1 Timothy 3:16). But in his vindication, we are vindicated too. That’s why Paul says in Romans 4 that Jesus “was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25).

  • Jesus’ resurrection means that death is defeated once and for all. As Peter proclaimed on the Day of Pentecost, “God raised [Jesus] from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). Death lost its grip on Jesus.

  • Jesus’ resurrection means that the world matters to Him. The resurrection means that Jesus not only defeated death for himself, but that he defeated it for us. He died and rose as a new representative for humanity, as the Second Adam.

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead,” writes Paul, “the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). His resurrection guarantees ours. Perhaps no one has said this more eloquently than C. S. Lewis. In his 1947 book Miracles, Lewis wrote: “The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the ‘first fruits,’ the ‘pioneer of life.’ He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so. This is the beginning of the New Creation: a new chapter in cosmic history has been opened.” The empty tomb assures us that sickness and suffering, death and disease will not have the final word. Lest there be any misunderstanding, when the apostles said that Jesus rose again, they meant that his physical body came back to life. The risen Jesus wasn’t a phantom or ghost, but a breakfast-eating, flesh-and-bone, [glorified] human being (see Luke 24:36-43 and John 21:10-14).

Application: Try your very best to thoughtfully read the whole of 1 Corinthians 15. It is an amazing chapter, especially if you spend a good time pondering it.

Prayer: As you need to, praise Him and thank Him for all He has done.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

Day 10

    THE WEIGHT OF SIN ON THE CROSS [THE WAY OF SALVATION]

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THE BLOOD WALK  #7

Scriptures: There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” John 19:18-19 New Living Translation (NLT)

Observations: THE AGONY OF THE CROSS  [PART 3] “CONCLUSION!” There can be no doubt that Jesus actually died. It has been proven without a shred of doubt by Dr Metherell through the Biblical and historical accounts. Jesus would not have swooned or fainted after all these hours of torture, His body could not be sustained because of blood loss and fluid loss. So, how did He die? Why did the Centurion say “behold He was the Son of God”, after he saw HOW Jesus died! And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39. And When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54.

It is clear from Pilate’s remarks later that Jesus died swifter than was usual! Why? Because one of the instincts of humans is to survive and so the irony and torture of the cross is that the victims want to stay alive as long as possible and so they torture themselves! The Centurion knew from experience that Jesus died too soon. The reason they broke the legs of the other two on the cross was to make them stop raising themselves up on their legs to breath, and thus by breaking their legs the other two suffocated, but not Jesus, He was already dead! This fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy: He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken. Psalm 34:20. Jesus knew He had fulfilled the Father’s will and therefore it was finished. The reason I believed it said Jesus sighed and breathed His last was that He stopped pushing up for air. He no longer needed to remain on the earth in this form. The work of redemption was complete and so to fulfill prophecy that not one of His bones [legs] would be broken, but His heart literally was and as He went into cardiac arrest He breathed His own last breath and released His Spirit back to God the Father. This act and the earthquakes convinced the Centurion that Jesus was the Christ, the King of the Jews.

Application: Worship the one who died that we might live.

Prayer: Heavenly Father God, I thank you that Jesus did all of this for me. It is astounding and amazing grace. I will be ever thankful to you for what Jesus did for me. Amen.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

Day 9

 THE WEIGHT OF SIN ON THE CROSS [THE WAY OF SALVATION]

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THE BLOOD WALK  #7

Scriptures: There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” John 19:18-19 New Living Translation (NLT)

Observations: THE AGONY OF THE CROSS  [PART 2] Metherell continued:  “At this point Jesus was hoisted as the crossbar was attached to the vertical stake, and then nails were driven through Jesus’ feet. Again, the nerves in his feet would have been crushed, and there would have been a similar type of pain.” Crushed and severed nerves were certainly bad enough, but I needed to know about the effect that hanging from the cross would have had on Jesus. “What stresses would this have put on his body?” Metherell answered, “First of all, his arms would have immediately been stretched, probably about six inches in length, and both shoulders would have become dislocated—you can determine this with simple mathematical equations. “This fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy in Psalm 22, which foretold the crucifixion hundreds of years before it took place and says, ‘My bones are out of joint.’”

THE CAUSE OF DEATH Metherell had made his point—graphically—about the pain endured as the crucifixion process began. But I needed to get to what finally claims the life of a crucifixion victim, because that’s the pivotal issue in determining whether death can be faked or eluded. So I put the cause-of-death question directly to Metherell. “Once a person is hanging in the vertical position,” he replied, “crucifixion is essentially an agonizingly slow death by asphyxiation. “The reason is that the stresses on the muscles and diaphragm put the chest into the inhaled position; basically, in order to exhale, the individual must push up on his feet so the tension on the muscles would be eased for a moment. In doing so, the nail would tear through the foot, eventually locking up against the tarsal bones. “After managing to exhale, the person would then be able to relax down and take another breath in. Again he’d have to push himself up to exhale, scraping his bloodied back against the coarse wood of the cross. This would go on and on until complete exhaustion would take over, and the person wouldn’t be able to push up and breathe anymore. “As the person slows down his breathing, he goes into what is called respiratory acidosis—the carbon dioxide in the blood is dissolved as carbonic acid, causing the acidity of the blood to increase.

This eventually leads to an irregular heartbeat. In fact, with his heart beating erratically, Jesus would have known that he was at the moment of death, which is when he was able to say, ‘Lord, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ And then he died of cardiac arrest. It was the clearest explanation I had ever heard of death by crucifixion—but Metherell wasn’t done. “Even before he died—and this is important too—the hypovolemic shock would have caused a sustained rapid heart rate that would have contributed to heart failure, resulting in the collection of fluid in the membrane around the heart, called a pericardial effusion, as well as around the lungs, which is called a pleural effusion.” “Why is that significant?” “Because of what happened when the Roman soldier came around and, being fairly certain that Jesus was dead, confirmed it by thrusting a spear into his right side. It was probably his right side; that’s not certain, but from the description it was probably the right side, between the ribs. “The spear apparently went through the right lung and into the heart, so when the spear was pulled out, some fluid—the pericardial effusion and the pleural effusion— came out.

This would have the appearance of a clear fluid, like water, followed by a large volume of blood, as the eyewitness John described in his gospel.” John probably had no idea why he saw both blood and a clear fluid come out—certainly that’s not what an untrained person like him would have anticipated. Yet John’s description is consistent with what modern medicine would expect to have happened. At first this would seem to give credibility to John being an eyewitness; however, there seemed to be one big flaw in all this. I pulled out my Bible and flipped to John 19:34. “Wait a minute, Doc,” I protested. “When you carefully read what John said, he saw ‘blood and water’ come out; he intentionally put the words in that order. But according to you, the clear fluid would have come out first. So there’s a significant discrepancy here.” Metherell smiled slightly. “I’m not a Greek scholar,” he replied, “but according to people who are, the order of words in ancient Greek was determined not necessarily by sequence but by prominence. This means that since there was a lot more blood than water, it would have made sense for John to mention the blood first.” I conceded the point but made a mental note to confirm it myself later. “At this juncture,” I said, “what would Jesus’ condition have been?” Metherell’s gaze locked with mine. He replied with authority, “There was absolutely no doubt that Jesus was dead.”  [THE CASE FOR EASTER, Lee Strobel].

Application: Read the words of the song below, meditate upon them and thank God for all He did for us in Christ Jesus.

When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ my God! All the vain things that charm me most I sacrifice them to His blood. See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.

 

 

Prayer: As you feel you need to!

 

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

Day 8

THE WEIGHT OF SIN ON THE CROSS [THE WAY OF SALVATION]

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THE BLOOD WALK  #6

Scriptures: There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” John 19:18-19 New Living Translation (NLT)

Observations: THE AGONY OF THE CROSS  [PART 1] Lee Strobel continuedAs distasteful as the description of the flogging was, I knew that even more repugnant testimony was yet to come. That’s because historians are unanimous that Jesus survived the beating that day and went on to the cross— which is where the real issue lies. These days, when condemned criminals are strapped down and injected with poisons or secured to a wooden chair and subjected to a surge of electricity, the circumstances are highly controlled. Death comes quickly and predictably. Medical examiners carefully certify the victim’s passing. From close proximity witnesses scrutinize everything from beginning to end. But how certain was death by this crude, slow, and rather inexact form of execution called crucifixion? In fact, most people aren’t sure how the cross kills its victims. And without a trained medical examiner to officially attest that Jesus had died, might He have escaped the experience brutalized and bleeding but nevertheless alive?

I began to unpack these issues. “What happened when he arrived at the site of the crucifixion?” I asked. Metherell replied “He would have been laid down, and his hands would have been nailed in the outstretched position to the horizontal beam. This crossbar was called the patibulum, and at this stage it was separate from the vertical beam, which was permanently set in the ground.” I was having difficulty visualizing this; I needed more details. “Nailed with what?” I asked. “Nailed where?” “The Romans used spikes that were five to seven inches long and tapered to a sharp point. They were driven through the wrists,” Metherell said, pointing about an inch or so below his left palm. “Hold it,” I interrupted. “I thought the nails pierced his palms. That’s what all the paintings show. In fact, it’s become a standard symbol representing the crucifixion.” “Through the wrists,” Metherell repeated. “This was a solid position that would lock the hand; if the nails had been driven through the palms, his weight would have caused the skin to tear and he would have fallen off the cross. So the nails went through the wrists, although this was considered part of the hand in the language of the day.

“And it’s important to understand that the nail would go through the place where the median nerve runs. This is the largest nerve going out to the hand, and it would be crushed by the nail that was being pounded in.” Since I have only a rudimentary knowledge of the human anatomy, I wasn’t sure what this meant. “What sort of pain would that have produced?” I asked. “Let me put it this way,” he replied. “Do you know the kind of pain you feel when you bang your elbow and hit your funny bone? That’s actually another nerve, called the ulna nerve. It’s extremely painful when you accidentally hit it.  “Well, picture taking a pair of pliers and squeezing and crushing that nerve,” he said, emphasizing the word squeezing as he twisted an imaginary pair of pliers. “That effect would be similar to what Jesus experienced.” I winced at the image and squirmed in my chair. “The pain was absolutely unbearable,” he continued. “In fact, it was literally beyond words to describe; they had to invent a new word: excruciating. Literally, excruciating means ‘out of the cross.’ Think of that: they needed to create a new word because there was nothing in the language that could describe the intense anguish caused during the crucifixion. Alexander Metherell M.D. PH.D, [THE CASE FOR EASTER, Lee Strobel]. We’ll continue this tomorrow.

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Application: Read the above again, let it sink in. The excruciating agony, and on top of that the weight of our sin and the separation of The Father from His Son!

Prayer: Praise Him, thank Him and ask Him to help you grasp what Jesus has done.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION

Day 7

THE WALK TO GOLGOTHA [THE WALK OF SHAME]

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THE BLOOD WALK  #5

Scriptures: When they finished ridiculing him, they took off the scarlet robe and put his own clothes back on him and led him away to be crucified. And as they came out of the city, they stopped an African man named Simon, from Libya, and compelled him to carry the cross for Jesus. They brought Jesus to Golgotha, which means “Skull Hill.” Matthew 27:31-33

Observation: The walk from the praetorian barracks to Golgotha was a walk of shame. Not that Christ Jesus did anything shameful, He just carried our shame! [Isaiah 53]. Imagine, all the folk he’d fed, healed, blessed and taught, they now looked upon Him battered, bruised and weak! The one they had cheered on as He entered Jerusalem as their Messiah, the crowd who had cried out hosanna to the most high God, now saw [what seemed to be] an ordinary defeated human being! All along the route His blood dripped on the ground [the dust] from which man was formed. He carried our guilt and our shame. We all have a shame walk! I know mine, you know yours, but His blood dripped red so our sin and shame could be washed away, cleansed whiter than the snow. He shed His blood for our shame, our walk of sinfulness, and He shed His blood so that as we walk each day with Him, through His blood we will be overcomers and in Him we will have the victory. Here’s an interesting footnote I found: Matthew 27:33 The Aramaic word Golgotha is, in Latin, calvaria, or Calvary. David brought Goliath’s head (Goliath and Golgotha are taken from the same root word) and buried it outside of Jerusalem. Some believe this is where it got its name, Golgotha (the place of the skull). The cross has to pierce the place of the skull for our minds to submit to the revelation of the cross.

Application:   Here’s a link to a great song. Listen to it and let the words wash over you.  

Just click on this link, it should automatically take you to the you tube song!?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DlTjcmrtUQ

 

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Prayer: After this song you should be able to formulate your own prayer of thanksgiving.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

Day 6

THE GUARDS MOCKERY  [THE SHAME]

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THE BLOOD WALK  #4

Scriptures: Then the Roman soldiers took him into the barracks of the palace, called out the entire palace guard, dressed him in a purple robe, and made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head. Mark 15:17 TLB.

They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head. NLT

Observations: I have thought long and hard about the crown of thorns and its spiritual application. The Praetorian guard were having themselves some fun, but behind that fun were demonic tormentors. They must have thought this was hilarious sport. Just viz the scene from the chronicles of Narnia “The Lion the witch and the wardrobe!” By CS Lewis! The harpies, witches, werewolves and ogres etc, were all having a party because Aslan was in their power to do with as they pleased! However, what those harpies and hags didn’t realize was that this would come back and bite them on the bum! And likewise those tormentor demons didn’t understand what was going on but would soon suffer the consequences of their actions!

So, please bear with me as I share these verses and then apply them. And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:17-19

But if you fail to drive out the people who live in the land, those who remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live. Numbers 33:55. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:16

Even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 2 Corinthians 12:7. See also Matthew 13:22 and  Hebrews 6:8

Application: It doesn’t take rocket science to work out that anything to do with thorns is cursed and demonic! Most scholars associate thorns with demonic tormentor activity. So, the crown of thorns on Christ’s head therefore represents demonic tormenting of our minds and cursings upon us. However, Jesus’ blood flowed on those thorns, completely nullifying the demonic curses, lies and torments upon our thought life, and to boot, because Christ became cursed for us, no curse can touch us and a curse has to land on someone, so if it can’t touch me, then the curse goes back to the one who cursed me! Hence, the demons curses came back to bite them. So, what benefit is this for me? Well, here’s a prayer to pray if you feel tormented in your mind:

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I feel tormented and harassed in my mind. I pray for relief, so Jesus, your head, mind and thoughts became cursed through the crown of thorns, however I understand and declare that your blood flowed on those demonic cursed thorns and I overcome these ills by your blood Lord Jesus. I receive release by your blood now in your matchless name. Thank you amen.

                        

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

Day 5

THE GUARDS MOCKERY  [THE SCOURGING]

John 19 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. 4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

THE BLOOD WALK  #3

Scripture:  Then Pilate ordered Jesus to be brutally beaten with a whip of leather straps embedded with metal. The Passion Translation (TPT)

Observations: Ok. This is a long one but it needs to be! Please press on in it and go the whole page! This is where it gets nasty. Please understand I am not trying to glory the gory! My friends if we do not grasp the severity of what Jesus went through and suffered physically and spiritually, we’ll never fully grasp the abhorrence and utter depravity of our sins that eventually nailed God The Creator to a Cursed tree to die for His creation.

The scourging was horrendous torture to extract maximum pain and prolonged suffering. Those who devised and used this method of torture were evil sadists. However, we really do need to grasp what went on here in the physical so we can fully understand how to love and worship our God and apply the promise of Isaiah 53:5. That by His stripes we are healed. The tool for scourging was a leather whip, embedded with sharpened pieces of bone and metal, and was known as “the scorpion.” Historians record that many people never survived this cruel flogging. The whips were known to break open the flesh and cut through muscle and sinew all the way to the bone. It was his love for you that enabled him to endure such treatment. John 19:1

THE TORTURE BEFORE THE CROSS [Dr Alexander Metherell M.D PH.D “Roman floggings were known to be terribly brutal. They usually consisted of thirty-nine lashes but frequently were a lot more than that, depending on the mood of the soldier applying the blows. The soldier would use a whip of braided leather thongs with metal balls woven into them. When the whip would strike the flesh, these balls would cause deep bruises or contusions, which would break open with further blows. And the whip had pieces of sharp bone as well, which would cut the flesh severely. “The back would be so shredded that part of the spine was sometimes exposed by the deep, deep cuts.

The Medical Evidence of these whippings is that they would have gone all the way from the shoulders down to the back, the buttocks, and the back of the legs. It was just terrible.” Metherell paused. “Go on,” I said. “One physician who has studied Roman beatings said, ‘As the flogging continued, the lacerations would tear into the underlying skeletal muscles and produce quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh.’ A third-century historian by the name of Eusebius described a flogging by saying, ‘The sufferer’s veins were laid bare, and the very muscles, sinews, and bowels of the victim were open to exposure.’

“We know that many people would die from this kind of beating even before they could be crucified. At the least, the victim would experience tremendous pain and go into hypovolemic shock.” Metherell had thrown in a medical term I didn’t know. “What does hypovolemic shock mean?” I asked. “Hypo means ‘low,’ vol refers to volume, and emic means ‘blood,’ so hypovolemic shock means the person is suffering the effects of losing a large amount of blood,” the doctor explained. “This does four things. First, the heart races to try to pump blood that isn’t there; second, the blood pressure drops, causing fainting or collapse; third, the kidneys stop producing urine to maintain what volume is left; and fourth, the person becomes very thirsty as the body craves fluids to replace the lost blood volume.”

“Do you see evidence of this in the gospel accounts?” “Yes, most definitely,” he replied. “Jesus was in hypovolemic shock as he staggered up the road to the execution site at Calvary, carrying the horizontal beam of the cross. Finally Jesus collapsed, and the Roman soldier ordered Simon to carry the cross for him. Later we read that Jesus said, ‘I thirst,’ at which point a sip of vinegar was offered to him. “Because of the terrible effects of this beating, there’s no question that Jesus was already in serious to critical condition even before the nails were driven through his hands and feet.”

Application: Isaiah 53:5  (NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 1 Peter 2:24-25  (NKJV) Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Psalm 129:3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. This prophetic description by Isaiah and the Psalmist of what the Messiah had to endure was written 750 years before the name Jesus was even known! The bible does not say you are going to be healed. It says; you were healed. It IS already done!!! The circumstances, diagnoses and doctors may say you are sick, but God’s word says you have already been healed!! He came to set the captives free by being bruised, wounded, mocked, chastised, bled and died on that wooden cross for ALL the guilt, shame, depression, addictions, sickness, perversity and disease for ALL who claim Him as their Savior!! As true “Christians”, we have the choice of either claiming God’s Word, or claiming the diagnoses or circumstance causing the problem. We must truly understand and believe God’s word to claim it! So what does it really mean that “by His stripes we were healed? ”The Old Testament prophet declared, “The plowerman plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.” (Psalms 129:3) Seven hundred and fifty years earlier, the psalmist had prophesied concerning the coming Messiah! “I gave my back to the smiter, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. It has been said that Jesus went through 39 lashings on His back just for our healing. 39 stripes each represent a different major disease category. Insurance companies usually insure you for 36 major illnesses and as recently, the World Health Organization changed the ICD coding systems used to categorize disease and illness, from a list of 17 to 39 major categories!! How true these figures are I don’t know! However, why whip Jesus’ back for healing? It probably was 39 lashes, so maybe there’s a connection to the disease categories?

Prayer:  As you feel you ought or are lead to.

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