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If we see the cross and crucifixion as a place were death was defeated, then life will be our focus.

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Treasures:
ALife’s word is Treasures, and that word represents and includes truth, whole,
Treasures are people and their revelations of Christ.
Matthew 13:52 NASB95
And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”
Deb Okon is one of those treasures and she has a treasure to share with us.

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Matthew 26:39 NASB95
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
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The Passion Translation (TPT) footnotes for :
Matthew 26:39 NASB95
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Matthew 26
a. Or “Gethsemane,” the Aramaic word for (olive) “oil press.” This was located on the lower slope of the Mount of Olives near the brook Kidron. King David left Jerusalem weeping as he crossed the Kidron Valley and went up the Mount of Olives (). Now the Son of David comes into that valley with great sorrow on his way into Jerusalem to be crucified. Kidron comes from the Hebrew verb qadar, which means “to grow dark” or “to mourn.”
b. Or “Peter and the two songs of Zebedee.”

The cup becomes a metaphor of the great suffering that Jesus had to endure that night in the garden. However, Jesus was not asking the Father for a way around the cross. Rather, he was asking God to keep him alive through this night of suffering so that he could carry the cross and take away our sins. According to the prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus was to be pierced on a cross. We learn from Heb. 5:7 that Jesus’ prayer was answered that night as the cup was indeed taken from him. An angel of God came to strengthen him and deliver him from premature death (Matt. 26:39). The “cup” he was asking God to let pass from him was the cup of premature death that Satan was trying to make him drink in the garden, not the death he would experience the next day on the cross. He had already sweat drops of blood (Luke 22:44), but the prophecies had to be fulfilled of being pierced on a cross for our transgressions. God answered his cry and he lived through the agony of Gethsemane so that he could be our sacrifice for sin on Calvary. Jesus did not waver in the garden. We have a brave Savior.

c. Or “if possible, take away this cup of suffering.” The cup becomes a metaphor of the great suffering that Jesus had to endure that night in the garden. However, Jesus was not asking the Father for a way around the cross. Rather, he was asking God to keep him alive through this night of suffering so that he could carry the cross and take away our sins. According to the prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus was to be pierced on a cross. We learn from that Jesus’ prayer was answered that night as the cup was indeed taken from him. An angel of God came to strengthen him and deliver him from premature death (). The “cup” he was asking God to let pass from him was the cup of premature death that Satan was trying to make him drink in the garden, not the death he would experience the next day on the cross. He had already sweat drops of blood (), but the prophecies had to be fulfilled of being pierced on a cross for our transgressions. God answered his cry and he lived through the agony of Gethsemane so that he could be our sacrifice for sin on Calvary. Jesus did not waver in the garden. We have a brave Savior.
The cup becomes a metaphor of the great suffering that Jesus had to endure that night in the garden. However, Jesus was not asking the Father for a way around the cross. Rather, he was asking God to keep him alive through this night of suffering so that he could carry the cross and take away our sins. According to the prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus was to be pierced on a cross. We learn from that Jesus’ prayer was answered that night as the cup was indeed taken from him. An angel of God came to strengthen him and deliver him from premature death (). The “cup” he was asking God to let pass from him was the cup of premature death that Satan was trying to make him drink in the garden, not the death he would experience the next day on the cross. He had already sweat drops of blood (), but the prophecies had to be fulfilled of being pierced on a cross for our transgressions. God answered his cry and he lived through the agony of Gethsemane so that he could be our sacrifice for sin on Calvary. Jesus did not waver in the garden. We have a brave Savior.
d. As translated from the Hebrew Matthew. See , which may be evidence of Luke having access to the Hebrew Matthew account.
e. The aramaic is “the flesh is failing.”
f. See the first footnote for v. 39 and .
TPT footnotes for :
a. Thirty-Three prophecies from this psalm were fulfilled when Jesus was on the cross.
b. This could be an amazing picture of Christ giving birth at the cross to a generation of his seed. They are like children of God born in the dawning of that resurrection morning.
c. When Jesus quoted these words while dying on the cross, he was identifying himself as the One David wrote about in this psalm. It is a breathtaking portrayal of what Jesus endured through his suffering for us. The psalm ends with another quotation of Jesus on the cross: “It is finished!”
d. David uses poetic nuance here, for the word answer (‘anah) is also a Hebrew homonym for “affliction.”
e. The Hebrew word for “worm” is tola, which is also the word for “crimson” or “scarlet.” Tola was a certain worm in the Middle East that, when crushed, bled a crimson color so strong it was used as a dye for garments. Jesus was not saying He was a despised worm, but that He will bleed as he is crushed for our sins.
Psalm 22:12 NASB95
Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.
f. Many translation have here “strong bulls of Bashan.” The root word for “bull” means “to break or destroy.” The word Bashan, although known as a fertile land northeast of the Sea of Galilee, Bashan is also a word for “serpent.” These represent the many demonic spirits who come against the Son of God as he was being crucified.
g. Psalm 22
Psalm 22:12 NASB95
Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.
g. Or “to maul” or “to pierce.”

See Pss. 22:1; 42:9. The Aramaic can be translated “for this purpose you have spared me.”

h. Or “unique” or “darling.” Each of us is that one and only child and “unique darling” mentioned here in this psalm. See also . On the cross, Jesus - like a deer giving birth at the dawning light (see inscription of ) - cared less that his body was being torn apart and more about our protection and salvation. He prayed for us as he faced the death of the cross.
i. The Hebrew text uses the word dogs, which implies evil spirits who were bent on destroying Jesus on the cross. The Hebrew word for “dog” is taken from a root word meaning “to attack.”
j. Between verse 21 and verse 22 the glorious resurrection of Jesus takes place. The music is elevated to a higher key as victory is sounded forth. “My people gather” is a reference to the church that was birthed through his resurrection glory. (See also v.25)
k. Jesus, our crucified Savior, had no natural offspring. These are the sons and daughters who were birthed by the work of the cross.
If we see the cross/crucifixion as only a place of death, then death will be our focus.
But if we see the cross as a place where death was defeated, then life will be our focus
Deb Okon
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Closing:
If we see the cross and crucifixion as a place were death was defeated, then life will be our focus.
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John 18:1 NASB95
When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples.
References:
- About being one with Father, Son, Body of Christ
- Before Jesus endured into his sufferings he prayed a prayer, then he went immediately went into the garden, so the prayer he prayed is directly connected to the garden and crucifixion.
Spirit realm and physical realm are one: ,
- He that is joined with the Lord is one Spirit.
- Jesus wanting to die.
- Wages of sin is death, but Jesus did not sin.
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Deuteronomy 30:15–20 NASB95
“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. “But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
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Mark
Mark 15:33
Mark 15:33 NASB95
When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour.
Mark 15:33–34 NASB95
When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Luke 23:46
Luke 23:46 NASB95
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
- Jesus released His spirit to the Father.
- Proves Jesus defeated all of the demonic domain.
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