The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Part 2).pdf

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having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Heb. 10:19-22) 2. The earth shook and the rocks split (Mt. 27:51b). 3. Some well-known individuals were raised from the dead. "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." (Mt. 27: 52- 53) There are two theories concerning the exact nature of this resurrection. These "saints" (probably well-known citizens of Jerusalem) were raised from the dead, as was Lazarus (though he eventually died again). These saints actually received glorified bodies, never again to die. Question: Why all these miraculous events at this particular time?
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11 Answer: It would appear through all this, including the three-hour darkness that God the Father was attempting to capture the attention of sinful Israel. If so, His message would be: "Look, Listen, Hear! Something great and glorious has just happened! Israel's promised Messiah, the Savior of Gentiles, and my beloved Son has just paid the full price for the sins of all men everywhere!" H. The confused and somewhat fearful crowd disperses. "And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things." (Lk. 23:48-49) I. At the request of the Jewish leaders, Pilate sends soldiers to Golgotha with orders to kill the three men and remove their bodies (Jn. 19:31). J. The soldiers execute the two thieves by breaking their legs but discover Jesus already dead. Making sure of this, they pierce His side with a spear (Jn. 19:32-37). "For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced." (Jn. 19:36- 37) K. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus request and receive from Pilate the lifeless body of Jesus (Mt. 27:57-58; Mk. 15:42-45; Lk. 23:50-52; Jn. 19:38-39a). L. Both men quickly prepare His body for burial and placed it in Joseph's new tomb (Mt. 27:59-60; Mk. 15:46-47; Lk. 23:53-54; Jn. 19:39b-56). M. Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and some other women sit near His tomb, viewing it in silent sorrow (Mt. 27:61; Mk. 15:47; Lk. 23:55-56). These then are the sixteen events. We now consider: THE SEVEN STATEMENTS A. ONE: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Lk. 23:34) 1. We note He did not pray, "forgive me," but "forgive them." Our Lord would thus suffer not as a martyr (one who dies for his faith) but rather as a Savior (one who redeems sinners)! 4. This prayer has bothered some, as it seems to be a blanket pardon for all involved in Jesus' crucifixion. Of course, we know this is not the case. Forgiveness can come only through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). It has been pointed out by some that the word "forgive" here
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12 can also mean "to allow," and is actually translated thereby on at least thirteen other occasions in the New Testament. If this should be the case here, Christ then would pray, "Father, allow them to crucify me." Thus the prayer would be a plea to stay the wrath of a
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