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Crucified

Matthew 27:31–38 NKJV
31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. 32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. 33 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, 34 they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink. 35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” 36 Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37 And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS 38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
Crucified ()
Psalm 22:2 suggests a period of light and a period of darkness; and Psalm 22:3 emphasizes the holiness of God. How could a holy God look with favor on His Son who had become sin?
Crucifixion was the most shameful and painful way to execute a criminal.
Jesus did not simply die...
Philippians 2:8 NKJV
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Roman citizens were not crucified - in fact was illegal.
Roman citizens were not crucified - in fact was illegal.
Jesus was led outside the city to the place of execution.
Hebrews 13:12–13 NKJV
12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
It was required that the prisoner carry his own cross (or at least the crossbeam), and that he wear a placard around his neck announcing his crime.
It was required that the prisoner carry his own cross (or at least the crossbeam), and that he wear a placard around his neck announcing his crime.
That placard was then hung over his head on the cross for all to see.
While the record does not state so expressly, it appears that Jesus was unable to carry the cross, and this was slowing down the progress of the group.
When we remember that He had been awake all night, scourged, and abused by the soldiers, we can conclude that He was exhausted.
Also, Jesus suffered 2 fates that day.
Ordinarely criminals were either scouged OR crusifiex.
If you wanted them puniushed but not killed you scouged them. If you want them killed you simply crusify them.
Jesus endured both.
There was to be no delay in this execution.
The Passover was about to be celebrated, and the Jewish leaders did not want their holy day desecrated by the dead bodies of criminals.
John 19:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Think about that for a moment and see the evil of religion: They wanted to kill the son of God quickly so that their murder of the son of God did not interfere in their worship of God.
Think about that for a moment and see the evil of religion: They wanted to kill the son of God quickly so that their murder of the son of God did not interfere in their worship of God.
This is the very essence of religion - its all about the show and appearances.
In order to hasten the procession, the soldiers drafted a visitor to Jerusalem, Simon from Cyrene.
He had come to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, and now he was humiliated by being forced to carry the cross of an unknown criminal! Roman soldiers had the authority to draft citizens.
Mark referred to Simon as though the people reading his Gospel would recognize him
Mark 15:21 NKJV
21 Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross.
Apparently these two sons were well-known members of the church.
Apparently these two sons were well-known members of the church.
It seems likely that this humiliating experience resulted in Simon’s conversion as well as in the conversion of his family. Simon came to Jerusalem to sacrifice his Passover lamb, and he met the Lamb of God who was sacrificed for him.
The full accusation that was put over His head: “This is Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.”
In one sense, this title proved to be the first “Gospel tract” ever written.
In one sense, this title proved to be the first “Gospel tract” ever written.
It announced to one of the thieves crucified with Him that He was the Saviour and a King. He dared to believe this message and asked Jesus to save him!
As Horrible as all this must have been, it was nothing compared to what he was about to endure.
Jesus had been rejected by men, but now he was to be rejected by his own Father.

Rejected by the Father

Matthew 27:45–56 NKJV
45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. 49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” 55 And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
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Jesus was crucified at 9 o’clock in the morning; and from 9 until noon, He hung in the light.
Jesus was crucified at 9 o’clock in the morning; and from 9 until noon, He hung in the light.
But at noon, a miraculous darkness covered the land.
This was not a sandstorm or an eclipse, as some liberal writers have suggested.
It was a heaven-sent darkness that lasted for three hours. It was as though all of creation was sympathizing with the Creator.
There were three days of darkness in Egypt before Passover and there were three hours of darkness before the Lamb of God died for the sins of the world.

Jesus had spoken at least three times before this darkness fell.

1) While they were crucifying Him, He repeatedly prayed,
Luke 23:34 NKJV
34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
He had spoken to the repentant thief and assured him a place in paradise ().
2:He had spoken to the repentant thief and assured him a place in paradise.
Luke 23:39–43 NKJV
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
3: He had also given His mother into the care of His beloved disciple, John.
John 19:26–27 NKJV
26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
He had also given His mother into the care of His beloved disciple, John ().
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But when the darkness came, Jesus was silent for three hours.
After three hours, the darkness left.
Then Jesus cried
Matthew 27:46 NKJV
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
It was during the time of darkness that Jesus had been made sin for us
It was during the time of darkness that Jesus had been made sin for us
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2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
He had been forsaken by the Father!
He had been forsaken by the Father!
That darkness was a symbol of the judgment that He endured when He was “made a curse” for us.
Galatians 3:13 NKJV
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
Psalm 22:2–3 NKJV
2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent. 3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
Jesus spoke these words in Hebrew, and the spectators did not understand Him. They thought He was calling for Elijah to help Him. Had they listened carefully and consulted in its entirety, they would have understood the truth.
suggests a period of light and a period of darkness; and emphasizes the holiness of God.
suggests a period of light and a period of darkness; and emphasizes the holiness of God.
suggests a period of light and a period of darkness; and emphasizes the holiness of God.
How could a holy God look with favor on His Son who had become sin?
How could a holy God look with favor on His Son who had become sin?
In rapid succession, the Lord spoke again 3 times.
1: He said.
John 19:28 NKJV
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
“I thirst” (); and this fulfilled .
Someone took pity on Him and moistened His lips with some sour wine.
Psalm 69:21 NKJV
21 They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Someone took pity on Him and moistened His lips with some sour wine.
Someone took pity on Him and moistened His lips with some sour wine.
The others waited to see if perhaps Elijah would come to His rescue.
2: Then Jesus shouted
Luke 23:46 NKJV
46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.
, “It is finished! Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit!”
The fact that Jesus shouted with a loud voice indicates that He was in complete control of His faculties.
3: Then He voluntarily yielded up His spirit and died.
Matthew 27:50 NKJV
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Then He voluntarily yielded up His spirit and died.
When He died three miracles took place simultaneously:
When He died three miracles took place simultaneously:
The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; an earthquake opened many graves; some saints arose from the dead.
The rending of the veil symbolized the wonderful truth that the way was now open to God.
Hebrews 10:14–26 NKJV
14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. 15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. 19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
There was no more need of temples, priests, altars, or sacrifices.
There was no more need of temples, priests, altars, or sacrifices.
Jesus had finished the work of salvation on the cross.
Exodus 19:16 NKJV
16 Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
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The earthquake reminds us of what happened at Mount Sinai when God gave the Law to Moses.
The earthquake at Calvary signified that the demands of the Law had been met and the curse of the Law forever abolished.
Hebrews 12:18–24 NKJV
18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”) 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
The torn veil indicates that He conquered sin; the earthquake suggests that He conquered the Law and fulfilled it;
The torn veil indicates that He conquered sin; the earthquake suggests that He conquered the Law and fulfilled it;
And the resurrections prove that He defeated death.
The result of all of this was the testimony of the centurion and those watching.
Matthew 27:54 NKJV
54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Who do you say he is?
“Truly this was the Son of God.”
Who do you say he is?
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