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