The Jesus of Calvary

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Christos, Harvest Youth

It’s amazing how good God is. I planned this series out 2 months in advance, and I did not even take Easter into the equation, yet as we come up to Easter Sunday, here I am talking about Calvary. Praise God.

You do know that Jesus was crucified right? Who believes that to be true?
We have to believe that, because all of Christianity hangs on that.
No other religion has a God who would die for them.

The Muslims reject Jesus as God, because to them God would never humble Himself like Jesus did.
Their god Allah would never die on a cross, he is not a servant; he is a ruler that will not humble himself.
Allah would never take human form because it is to degrading to his godly status.
Muslims do not understand Christians, because to them Jesus was just a prophet.
Allah would never die on a cross, because the cross was the most degrading form of death.
Everyone saw you hanging there on that cross.
You were a spectacle for the people, and an example of what would happen if you defied the rulers.

Remember when we say Lord Liar or Lunatic?
Well Muslims pick d, none of the above.
They say he was a prophet of Allah and not God.
They say Christians are stupid for thinking a prophet is God.

But Jesus said He was God did He not?

Remember when the Jews were gong to stone Him in John 10? Because he called himself God? Clearly He at least thought He was God, and we now know that He is God incarnate (in the flesh) John 1:14

Lets take a look at another Old Testament Prophesy about the Cross of Calvary shall we.

David lived around 1000 years before Jesus Christ, yet he prophesied about Jesus in several Psalms, one of which being Psalm 22, the Calvary Psalm.

Once again, this is 1000+ years before the birth of Christ, and it is an extremely accurate account of the crucifixion.
So accurate, that when read, most people assume it is in the New Testament, or somehow added in later as a forgery. But there is no evidence of a forgery.
Do you remember the Dead Sea Scrolls?
They were found in a cave that was sealed at least as early as 100 BC, that is 100 years before Christ.
Well they contain the Psalms of David among the writings, proving that what I am about to share with you was wrote before Jesus lived.

Furthermore, Crucifixion was not ever a form of torture/capital punishment until the 6th century BC. SO David prophesied about an event that was going to take place, before the method described existed! How cool is that!
Ps 22:1, 7-8, 16-18
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? 
[Why are You] so far from my deliverance 
and from my words of groaning? (Fulfilled in Matt 27:46)
Everyone who sees me mocks me; 
they sneer and shake their heads: “He relies on the Lord; 
let Him rescue him; 
let the Lord deliver him, 
since He takes pleasure in him.” (Fulfilled in Matt 37-43)
For dogs have surrounded me; 
a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; 
they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; 
people look and stare at me. (Fulfilled in Matt 37-43)
They divided my garments among themselves, 
and they cast lots for my clothing. (Fulfilled in Matt 27:35)

Matthew 27:46, 37-43, 35
(46) About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ” ” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
(37-43) Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing:
THIS IS JESUS
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said, “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now-if He wants Him! For He said, ‘I am God’s Son.'”
(35)After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots.

David’s Psalm sounds a lot like the death of Jesus Christ does it not? How awesome is that!

Why did Jesus have to die on a cross in the first place?

It’s called the great exchange. He died once (and rose) to pay for all of our sin.
And we can go to the cross now, accept Jesus as Lord one time, and His shed blood, His perfect, sinless blood pays the price for all of our sin for all time.
The great exchange, oh how great.

Jesus died a worse death then probably all of us will die.

He was tortured before he picked up the cross for hours.
They used to use whips with pieces of bone and glass that would grab the skin upon hitting it.
They would whip you with it, and that would hurt, but then they would rip the whip off and tear your flesh along with it.
Jesus was whipped so many times, so badly, that He could not even carry His own cross all the way. A man named Simon carried it for Him, and then they placed Him on it.

If you have never thought about how horrible being crucified really is, you would never reject such a wonderful gift.
Jesus was our substitute, so that through His death, we might have life!

Rom 5:18
So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone.

God bless,
Dan Fogarty.

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