Though He Was Crucified

Part Two

 By Tom Stephens

 


 

 

The Roman centurions threw the hood over His head. They punched Him and slapped Him. One

yelled in a deep, hoarse voice, “If you are a prophet, then tell me this! Which of us just slapped you? Tell me who was it that just hit you!”

 

Never has there ever been any power in all creation that could cause the Father to be separated from the Son until the day Adam fell and opened the door to the devil. At that time, every created thing fell under the curse. But in order to redeem you and I, He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son to the cross where Jesus cried out:

 

“My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

 

GETHSEMANE

“And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling

down to the ground.” (Luke 22:44)

 

What kind of pressure is a man under when blood will actually pour out of his sweat ducts and run

down his forehead? When the stress is so great the nervous system will react in the muscles, and in

the skin the tiny hair-line blood vessels will come under so much stress the vessels will break and

literally leak into the sweat ducts. That’s the stress Jesus felt.

 

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was resisting the coming horror. He knew where He was going.

It wasn’t the cross He was afraid of. You see, many have died terrible deaths. They’ve had their

Fingernails and toenails pulled out one by one; they’ve been nailed to crosses just as Jesus was; They

have been forced to stand naked in below zero degree weather for hours on end...just to be drug back

in to thaw, cast into a damp, rat infested dungeon, and finally dragged right back outside in freezing

temperatures anew.

 

It wasn’t the long walk from Jerusalem to Golgotha that terrified Jesus. Not the intense scourging

and beating, nor the six hours on the cross. That was the easy part of the penalty He was to pay for

our sins. While carrying on His back the sins of the entire world to come, it was the three day trek that terrified our Lord. And He went the entire distance of Separation from His Father.

 

THE BLOOD

Blood is a strange substance. Never has man understood the life giving substance in blood. Man

knows nothing about life. He cannot create life, though he continues to attempt it in the laboratories. God created man in His likeness. Psalm 139:14 states that man is fearfully and wonder-fully made.

 

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11).

 

The makeup of Jesus’ blood was perfect. Peter rightly describes it as “precious” blood (1 Peter 1:19). It is God’s price for the redemption of the whole human race. Picture in your mind the scene at Calvary. No artist has ever pictured Calvary as it really was. There was no loin cloth. No courtesy given there!

 

The crown of thorns was put roughly on His head. Many thorns, up to one-and-a-half inches long

jabbed into His scalp, producing such serious wounds that blood spurted out and ran into His hair

and beard, matting both in dark red. The spikes were driven into the palms of His hands, and His

blood coursed down His arms and was literally sprinkled by His own fingers onto the ground

beneath on behalf of the sins of the whole world . Later the spear was thrust into His side and His

blood spurted out and ran down the sides of the cross to the ground below. His feet were driven

through with spikes and more blood ran down the sides of the altar.

 

As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man,

and his form more than the sons of men” (Isaiah 52:14).

 

Every bone was out of joint (Psalm 22:14). His face was dreadful to look upon. Those who looked

on Him saw only blood. He was a spectacle of blood. His body was mangled so badly that He no

longer looked human. His hair and beard were soaked in His own blood; His back from 39 stripes

was lacerated and covered in His own blood; the cross was covered in His blood. The earth beneath

the cross was soaked. It was blood, blood, blood. Every single type of the atonement was fulfilled

in Christ that day. Jesus cried out, “It is finished”, and the veil was rent from the top to the bottom.

 

THE DESCENSION[1]

The Godhead has no beginning and no ending. It has always been, and always will be. From the begin-

ning, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit enjoyed each others presence in sweet com-munion. In all eternity, there was never a force strong enough to separate the Father and the Son except for the time on the cross when the Father showed His intense love for all mankind. And when Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”, He knew His trek to the lower parts of the earth was the torment that man cannot describe.

 

“I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand. Thouhast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Se’lah. Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction:

 

Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee” (Psalm 88:4-9).

 

David the Psalmist prophesied here that Jesus would be penalized for the sins of the entire world,

that He would be laid in the very deepest part of hell (the lowest pit, actually was under submission

to Satan for a portion of the three days and nights), and, being as far from God as possible, He saw

the rejection by the Father as He (God) violently turned away from the Son in great wrath. The Son

had become an abomination unto God!

 

THE ASCENSION/RESURRECTION![2]

I can see the scene in my mind. Jesus, standing in victory before Satan and all the hordes of hell. He

rocks the lower regions as His voice echoes throughout the place of torment: “You lost the eternal

battle, Satan! Look! I have the keys to hell and death, and have fully defeated you for all eternity. My

lambs hear my voice and will follow Me. Satan, your day of reckoning is at hand, and you are

eternally judged”.

 

“Fear not, I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth,

and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore,

A’men; and have the keys of hell and death.” (Rev. 1:17,18)

 

Jesus enters the bosom of Abraham. He preaches Christ crucified. He gives each soul the opportunity

to publicly confess the name of the eternal son of God. For their deliverance is come. No longer the

blood of animals to cover sins, but the precious blood of Jesus which cleanses us from all sin.

 

Hallelujah! Because He is forever, so are we also!

 

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water.” (1 Peter 3:18-20).

 

As the Old Testament saints cheer in joyous victory, they begin to feel rapturously light. Yes! They

are soaring through the air...millions of miles per hour into the zone where time does not exist, that

is, all except for Five hundred, who wanted to stop on the earth to see their loved ones, dine with

them and partake in their kind of salvation! Praise God.

 

He has obtained a glorious victory for you and I over the powers of darkness; “And, having spoiled powers and principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 3:15).

 

“Wherefore he saith, ‘When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that

descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)’” (Ephesians 4:9-10; Psalm 68:18).

 

He led captivity captive. The devil and all the powers of hell were conquered and disarmed by the

slain redeemer. The first promise pointed to this; the bruising of the heel of Christ in His sufferings

was the breaking of the serpents head (Genesis 3:15). The expressions are magnificent; Jesus con-

quered in His death. The crown of thorns became a crown of laurels. He spoiled them, broke the

devil’s power, conquered and disabled him, and made a show of them openly - exposed them to

public shame, and made a show of them to angels and all in the universe. Satan’s kingdom has never

before seen such a blow as when the Lord Jesus Christ claimed victory for mankind. He tied them

to His chariot wheels, and rode forth conquering and to conquer - alluding to the custom of a

general’s triumph, who returned victorious - triumphing over them by His cross.

 

“Wherefore he saith, ‘When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that

descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)’” (Ephesians 4:9-10; Psalm 68:18).

 

John 20:16,17 tells us when Jesus met with Mary soon after the resurrection, and she recognized

Him, she approached Him. Jesus said, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but

go to my brethren and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God and

your God”.

 

Because Jesus had not yet been with the Father, He could not have delivered His own blood to the

heavenly holy place, as recorded in Hebrews 9:12-13:

 

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

 

The above verses state Jesus took His own blood into the heavenly Holy Place (the purpose was to

present it before the Father as the High Priest did in the Old Covenant for His glory). Then, and only

then was the full work of Calvary complete. His substitutionary work was not completed on the

cross. Neither was it finished in the Resurrection. What did you say? Jesus Himself stated while on

the Cross “it is finished?”

 

You must remember that, even though Jesus did make that statement while on the Cross, He also

made a similar statement while in the garden when He was praying. His statement at that time went

something like this. “Father, I have finished all You have commanded of me”. Since Jesus had made

this statement before He was actually on the Cross, we may assume He spoke in answer to a

prophecy, for He was truly the Lamb of God slain before the very foundations of the world, and in

that very powerful sense of the Word, it was finished.

 

And Jesus had already committed Himself to the cross…with Resurrection following in three days!

 

Jesus did not allow Mary to touch Him just after His resurrection because He had not yet ascended

to the Father. He had not yet presented His own precious and perfect blood in the Holy of Holies for

His Father’s stamp of approval. As I previously stated, the fullness of the work of Christ came when

this event in Heaven took place. Legally, that is.

 

And He sits at the right hand of the Father...until His time comes...to come. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20)

 

In the first sermon preached after the resurrection of the Lord, Peter says these remarkable words,

“Him, being delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye by the hand of lawless men did crucify and slay: whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.” (Acts 2:23-24)

 

A better rendering of the words, “pangs of death” is the “birth pangs of death,” suggesting that the

church was born out of the birth pangs of the Spirit of Jesus.

 

We read in Acts 2:27: “Because thou wilt not leave my soul unto (in) Hades, neither wilt thou give

thy Holy One to see corruption.” (In Joseph’s tomb).

 

Peter’s message was striking. He spoke by revelation. He told them Jesus was then seated at the right

hand of God, yet no intimation had been given him.

 

Jesus was actually delivered up by our trespasses, and He was raised when He had satisfied the

claims of justice. The work of our salvation was finished, not at the cross, or in the pit, but it was

completed when Jesus arose victoriously over the enemy and death and carried His own blood into

the Holy of Holies of heaven, and the supreme court of the universe had accepted that blood and

made our redemption complete (Hebrews 9:12).

 

So, if you do not have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and would like to, here’s

how: Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my

yoke upon you. And learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

 

Its that simple. Jesus said if we would come to Him, He promised to cleanse us from all unrighteous-

ness. If you feel that tug on your heart to come to Jesus, now is the perfect time. Don’t wait any longer. No matter how young or aged you are...if you want to live out the rest of your life knowing the peace only Jesus can give. Ask Him to forgive you of your sin, cleanse your heart, and commit yourself wholly to Him.

 

Blessings from Christ's Bondservants

Tom and Linda Stephens

 

www.christsbondservants.org

 

tomdotcom07@hotmail.com



[1] This section was donated by Dave Roberson; World Prayer Center Monthly Newsletter, Tulsa, Oklahoma

[2]  Ibid.