The movie “The Passion of Christ” was painful to watch. Yet it did not go far enough. Jesus suffered much more then we can ever imagine. The movie showed Jesus being whipped unmercifully and you realize that a mere mortal man could never have survived, but Jesus wasn’t just a man he was also God manifested in the flesh. The movie didn’t explain the why He died, or who He died for, but the BIBLE does. History and knowledge from a medical doctor also help us to know what happened.
THE CRUCIFIXION WAS PRECEDED BY A CRUEL SCOURGING
This whipping was so degrading as well as physically damaging that a Roman citizen was exempt from it. The beating instrument was a WHIP that had a short handle. The lashes were of heavy strips of leather and at the end of each lash was anything that would rip and tare flesh such as bone or lead balls. This whip could bruise the flesh or rip it open. The sadistic Roman soldier who used it was skilled at his trade; it was his choice.
EUSIBUS, an early church historian, wrote, “The bystanders were filled with horror when they saw how the flesh of the martyrs was torn off the veins and arteries laid bare, and even the entrails were exposed to view.”
“THEN PILATE THEREFORE TOOK JESUS AND SCOURGED HIM.” JN19:1
JESUS, GOD in human form, JESUS, A BRAVER MAN THIS WORLD WILL NEVER SEE. JESUS a man who felt hunger, thirst and pain just like you, was striped and tied to a whipping post.
JESUS WAS BEATEN AND WHIPPED
At first the precious skin of JESUS bruises, then turns into welts. The welts bulge with blood and burst open. BLOOD now flows profusely as HIS SKIN IS CUT TO SHREDS, AND HIS BODY IS COVERED WITH PAIN AND BLOOD. Again and again the whip comes down on JESUS. The Devil is trying to kill him, and any other man would have died, but Jesus refuses to die.
FOR A GRAPHIC LOOK SEE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST”
These Romans hated the Jews. Now their hatred could take fruit, for Jesus is accused of being KING of the Jews. They put a purple robe on Him and beat a crown of thorns into his head then they laugh at Him as KING of the JEWS, and as a final humiliation they RIPPED THE BEARD FROM THE FACE.
“I [JESUS] GAVE MY BACK TO THE SMITTERS, AND MY CHEEKS TO THEM THAT PLUCKED OFF THE HAIR: I HID NOT MY FACE FROM SHAME AND SPITTING.”
JESUS IS TAKEN TO THE PLACE OF CRUCIFIXION.
JESUS is knocked to the ground. He is laid upon the cross and a spike is jammed into His hand. A huge hammer is raised and falls nailing His hand to the cross. A LIGHTNING JOLT OF PAIN screams through His nervous system. His body Jerks and quivers in extreme pain. His face contorts, it’s grotesque. JESUS is hardly recognizable as human, and He IS LIFTED UP UPON THE CROSS FOR ALL TO SEE.
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Jesus has had no sleep, very little to eat or drink, and He has lost much blood. He is now thirsty and His throat is aflame. Yet, Jesus refuses to drink. His arms and legs cramp up. His fingers and toes twist inward and His thigh muscles bulge. The muscles in His stomach, neck, and lungs contract and burst with pain, and sweat stings and blinds His eyes. Flies land upon Him adding to His agony. Air is taken into the lungs but can’t altogether be released. Jesus is suffering something akin to an acute asthma attack. Pain hammers His head. Yet, BECAUSE SINS DEBT WAS NOT YET PAID, JESUS refuses to die.
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Jesus must use all His strength to lift Himself, taking the weight off His arms and chest, so He can breathe a little easier. Then His legs buckle. The nails jam against His nerve endings. His body EXPLODES IN PAIN, and the cycle begins again.
This is a brief look at the cross. BUT as bad as the physical suffering was, it was not as horrible as Jesus suffered spiritually. JESUS PAID THE PRICE of redemption on that cross so you could go to heaven. He took YOUR SINS ON HIS OWN BODY.
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
ARE YOU SO ARROGANT TO THINK THAT YOU COULD EVER EARN HEAVEN?
LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING.
After all that has been said, what can you offer to Jesus to go to that cross for you? WHAT WILL YOU BRIBE HIM WITH?
HOW CAN YOU EARN HEAVEN?
Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; …
If you think, what you do earns you a way into heaven then you know nothing of the love of God or THE WICKEDNESS OF YOUR OWN HEART.
Friend if there was another way do you think that Jesus would have suffered as He did on that cross? [Mat 26:39]
ROMANS 5:6 TELLS US THAT “ For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
KEEPING IN MIND WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US, THERE ARE THREE THINGS YOU MUST KNOW
“There is none righteous, no not one…..For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10,23
THE BIBLE DECLARES YOU A SINNER
Now, will you agree with God? Or will you will you be found A LIAR? “1Jo 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
The second of the three things you need to know is that Romans 6:23 “THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH”
A REAL LITERAL BURNING HELL IS YOUR DESTINATION
“Death and HELL were cast into the lake of fire. THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH and whosoever was not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE” Rev 20:14,15
IS YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?
JESUS went to the cross so that it could be. Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
THE SUMMATION IS THIS It is not how good you are or have been. It is, HAVE YOU RECEIVED JESUS? If you have then you have ETERNAL LIFE in heaven. If not then the wages of sin is DEATH and, according to what God has said and done, YOU ARE CONDEMNED TO AN ETERNITY IN HELL.
THE THIRD thing you need to know will also tell you how to receive Jesus as LORD AND SAVIOR, and how to have your NAME WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE and how to be BORN AGAIN. JESUS said “Ye must be born again.” John 3:7
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
You call upon THE LORD BY PRAYER. RIGHT NOW, you can be saved. RIGHT NOW you can be born again. RIGHT NOW you can have eternal life. JESUS bought you with HIS blood. Will you not REPENT of your sins, and call upon Him to save you?
IF YOU WILL THEN ADMIT TO GOD IN PRAYER
1] That you are a hell bound sinner.
2] That you are trusting in what Jesus has done for you.
3] NOW ask Jesus in prayer to save you. Pray putting all your faith in Him that He will add your name to the book of life.
4] Pray that God will help you to hate what He hates and love who He loves.
After you have prayed thank Him for all He has done for you.
If you meant that prayer, and you can’t fool God, then you are a new creation in Christ
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
If you are to enjoy the abundant life that Jesus promised, [John 10:10] then find a good KJV1611 Bible believing church and tell the Pastor that you have been saved and that you need to be baptized.