But wait for the promise of My Father.
Jesus’ knowing the time was short, and soon He would ascend back to His Father who is in heaven, said to the apostles, but wait for the promise of My Father, (Acts 1:4-5). Jesus said to His followers, but wait, in Jerusalem, until
The Holy Spirit has empowered you whom I will send to you (Jn.16:7).
Jesus spoke to His Disciples about heavenly things, yet they did not understand what He meant when He said, “But wait for the promise of My Father,” nor did they realize the pain, suffering, and humiliation God would inflict on Jesus, so genuine believers could receive the Holy Spirit.
God chose Jesus as His sacrificial Lamb.
God chose Jesus as His sacrificial Lamb. John the Baptist said, “Behold! “The Lamb of God,” who takes away the sin of the world! (Read Jn.1:29-36). John, one of the twelve apostles said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (Jn.3:16).
Jesus entered the world not to do His will but rather His Fathers who had sent Him (Read Jn.6:38). God sent Jesus into the world as His sacrifice to pay the penalty for the sins of man. God sent Jesus into the world as a baby, clothed in human flesh, so He could die the death God had prepared for Him. God sent Jesus into the world to die so anyone who believes in His name might receive eternal life.
(Read 1-Cor.15:3), and also (Is.53:1-12).
Jesus trusted in the promises of God.
God sent Jesus into the world to be delivered into the hands of sinful men and crucified, and on the third day, God will raise Him back to life (Lk.24:7).
God set the conditions for the death of Jesus; He could not resists, fight back, or accuse His murders who were trying to Crucify Him. The Son of Man died the death chosen for Him by His Father (Read 1-Cor.15:1-8).
Jesus suffered mental anguish
Jesus suffered physical pain as well as mental anguish at the hands of His accusers, friends, and followers while His captors led Him to Calvary. Jesus felt mental anguish when He prayed saying, Father, if it is your will take this cup away from Me, nevertheless not My will, but rather your will be done.
When He shouted while hanging on the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me? (Read Matt.27:46).
Jesus felt mental anguish when Peter denied that He knew Jesus three times (Jn.18:15-27); When Judas betrayed Him with a kiss, (Matt.26:47-50): When one of His Disciples cut off the ear of the high priest who was arresting Jesus (Matt.26:51); When His Disciples forsook Him and fled so they too would not be killed by Jesus‘ accusers (Matt.26:56); When the solders spat in His face, beat Him with the palms of their hands; When the soldiers stripped Jesus of His clothing, placed a crown of thorns on His head (Matt.27:29).
Jesus cried out while on the cross.
Jesus, while nailed to the cross, cried out to His Father three times saying,
1) Forgive them Father for they know not what they do, (Lk.23:34).
2) When He cried, Father, why have you forsaken Me (Matt.27:46).
3) When Jesus cried Father, into your hands I commit My Spirit (Lk.23:46).
Jesus’ cry from Calvary
While nailed to the cross, Jesus only cried out twice, once when He shouted to the Lord, forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do (Lk.23:34). And the second time Jesus cried saying, Father, why have you forsaken Me (Matt.27:46).
Jesus was willing to die so sinners might live.
As we examine the events in our text, we will learn that Jesus was more than willing to obey His Father's will, even if it meant dying for sinners,
(Read Jn.6:38). When Judas, with officers, and a detachment of soldiers came seeking Jesus, He said to them I am He whom you seek, everyone fell to the ground. I believe Jesus had to restrain His supernatural powers so the soldiers could also do the will of God, by arresting Him, (Read Acts 2:22-24).
Could Jesus have stopped His execution?
Jesus made three statements verifying that He had the power to stop His execution if He so desired.
1) Jesus, while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, said, Father, if it is thy
Will take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but yours,
Be done (Lk.22:41-44).
Jesus prayed a second time, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass from Me unless I drink it, nevertheless let it be Your will, not mine.” Jesus could have stopped His execution by drinking from the cup.
2) The second time Jesus could have stooped His execution was while being
Arrested, Jesus said to His Disciple, put away your sword, do you not think I
Cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more angels
Who will protect for Me.
3) The third time Jesus could have stooped His crucifixion was when He said to
His Disciples, My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take
It again; No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power
To lay it down, and, I have power to take it again. This command I have
Received from My Father (Jn.10:17-18). Jesus had the power to stop His
Death, yet He chose to lay down His life as payment for our sins.
Jesus died by crucifixion at Calvary.
Death by crucifixions is a horrible way to punish the Condemned. Crucifixion is also structured to inflict as much pain as possible on the condemned until they are dead.
What made Jesus’ crucifixion exceptional from other crucifixions?
Jesus crucifixion was prophesied first by God, than by the prophets as God gave them revelation. What made Jesus, crucifixion so exceptional were the twelve events that happened after Jesus’ resurrection, and witnessed by those gathered around His cross, as well as those living in and around Jerusalem.
1) The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
2) The earth quaked, and the rocks were split open.
3) The graves opened, and those who had died God rose To life.
4) The dead were raised from the dead and appeared to many in the city.
5) An angel of the Lord rolled back the stone to Jesus tomb.
6) Jesus was seen by Cephas, then by His twelve Disciples.
7) After that Jesus was seen by over five hundred brethren.
8) Jesus was also seen by James, and all His apostles.
9) And last, Jesus appeared to Paul who was named Saul.
Jesus was flogged by His captors.
Jesus, before He was, crucified, was flogged; His executioner’s stripped Jesus of His clothes tied His hands above His head in preparation for the scourging. The executioners then whipped Jesus using a short whip consisting of leather thongs small balls of lead attached to each end of the leather. As these balls made contact with Jesus, body it would tear chunks of flesh from Him, which would cause Him to bleed Profusely from His wounds.
Where did sin originate.
Sin entered the world when Adam obeyed Eve, his wife, rather than obeying God. Adam’s sin affected all of mankind, thus death spread to all men because of Adam’s sin (Rom.5:12). Jesus died by crucifixion; the very nature of His death should tell us how horrible sin is in the eyes of God.
Was Jesus death necessary?
Jesus said to His Disciples; unless I go away the helper, the Holy Spirit will not come to you, so yes, Jesus’ death was necessary so God could send the Holy Spirit to live within those who are saved, through faith in God (Lk.18:26-27).
© 2017 Rev Dennis L Johnson