One Gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Combined As One Incredible Story

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“These things were written so that you might believe”

How would you feel if you had a son and he went into hostile territory to seek out and save people who would never thank him for what he had done?⁠ What would you do if these individuals falsely accused your son of crimes he did not commit and had him arrested, beaten, and executed?¹ What emotions would you feel if your son cried out to you to forgive the men who were torturing your son, and he asked you to not hold these crimes against them?⁠² What would you do to these men, when they treated the love that your son gave to them, as garbage to be thrown out and disregarded?⁠³

We forget that there was a Father who was watching His Son die, as Jesus hung on the cross. God planned this event, before the creation of the universe. The Son wanted to save us and He was willing to take upon Himself, all of our sins. Continue reading “One Gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Combined As One Incredible Story”

What Did Jesus Do That He Deserved To Die?

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Crucifixion is described as one of the most horrific ways to put a man to death. Reserved for only the worst of criminals, what had Jesus done that warranted such vicious treatment?

As we read the accounts of His life in the four gospels, we see a man who is full of love and compassion. Every sick person who came to Jesus—He healed. Every hurting man or woman, Jesus loved and encouraged. Every lost sinner who came to Him in sorrow for their sins, Jesus forgave and bestowed a new life.

Jesus stood against injustice, religious hypocrisy, and pretentiousness by those who claim to know God. When the woman at the well sought to turn the discussion to religion, Jesus turned her back to a relationship with God.

Everything that Jesus did, was good, righteous, and Holy.

The testimony of those who had been with Him every day of His three and one-half year ministry, described Him as perfect and without sin (Prophecy 21). None of the people from Nazareth came to Jerusalem when Jesus proclaimed Himself as the Messiah and opposed Him on grounds that He was a sinful man. Every person who listened to Jesus and watched the way that He treated people was struck by His grace.

This was no ordinary man, this was no sinner, this was not a man who deserved to die by crucifixion.

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Jesus Suffered For the Sins of People Who Will Never Believe

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One of the great mysteries of the universe is that it pleased the Father to bruise His Son and put Him to death for the sins of all people. Why God would allow His Only Son to suffer so greatly for sinners is an unsearchable question that all of us will ponder throughout eternity.

It is certain that one of the reasons why God permitted Jesus to undergo such great trauma is because it brought such great glory and vindication to His name. Satan has made continued accusations that God is not really righteous and fair.[1] These allegations are fully answered by what Jesus has accomplished at the cross. God is not angry and vindictive, as some have believed, but willing to take whatever steps necessary to reveal His hatred of sin and love for people. Much in the same way that a loving parent who observes the suffering of his child because of drugs or alcohol would do anything to eradicate their suffering. So also has God, as a loving Father, sought to eradicate the plague of sin from the lives of all people whom He loves so fervently. In freeing us from our suffering, He was made to watch His own Son suffer unimaginable pain. He allowed this for our benefit. Imagine the intense pain that God felt at seeing His Son tortured to death by evil men. While Jesus had done nothing evil Himself, He was fully committed to allow those who desired His death, to do whatever they wanted to Him. He permitted all of this knowing that His death would free us from our own torture and torment. Continue reading “Jesus Suffered For the Sins of People Who Will Never Believe”

The Lord is More Interested in Your Character Than Your Comfort

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The New Testament gives us a strange view of Jesus as He is praying also for all those who are driving the nails into His hands and feet and tormenting Him while He is on the cross.

Luke 23:33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Since Jesus death and resurrection, it has been His continuing role to pray for all those who have placed their faith in Him as their Savior.

Paul described Jesus as our High Priest, who ever lives to make intercession for us. Jesus’ continuing ministry since His resurrection is to pray and intercede for those who have come to Him for salvation. A knowledge of these truths should be a great source of comfort, knowing that at this moment, Jesus is in heaven praying for each one of us.

Whatever it is that you may be going through in your life right now, Jesus is aware of your situation, and He is praying for you. If you are suffering and wondering why the Lord has not rescued you from your trouble, have you considered that He is praying for you?

It is a truth that is often displayed throughout the Bible, that the Lord is more interested in our character than our comfort. Just as any loving father will make the life of his child difficult sometimes to teach important principles and develop character, so also does our Father in heaven. God allows suffering in the lives of those who have come into a personal relationship with Him by Jesus Christ, for good intentions. Continue reading “The Lord is More Interested in Your Character Than Your Comfort”

Jesus Suffered For, and Took the Sins of, Those Who Would Never Receive Him

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One of the great mysteries of the universe is that it pleased the Father to bruise His Son and put Him to death for the sins of all people. Why God would allow His Only Son to suffer so greatly for sinners is an unsearchable question that all of us will ponder throughout eternity.

It is certain that one of the reasons why God permitted Jesus to undergo such great trauma is because it brought such great glory and vindication to His name. Satan has made continued accusations that God is not really righteous and fair.[1] These allegations are fully answered by what Jesus has accomplished at the cross. God is not angry and vindictive, as some have believed, but willing to take whatever steps necessary to reveal His hatred of sin and love for people. Much in the same way that a loving parent who observes the suffering of his child because of drugs or alcohol would do anything to eradicate their suffering. So also has God, as a loving Father, sought to eradicate the plague of sin from the lives of all people whom He loves so fervently. In freeing us from our suffering, He was made to watch His own Son suffer unimaginable pain. He allowed this for our benefit. Imagine the intense pain that God felt at seeing His Son tortured to death by evil men. While Jesus had done nothing evil Himself, He was fully committed to allow those who desired His death, to do whatever they wanted to Him. He permitted all of this knowing that His death would free us from our own torture and torment. Continue reading “Jesus Suffered For, and Took the Sins of, Those Who Would Never Receive Him”

Jesus Bore All Sickness While Paying For Our Sins on the Cross

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One of the purposes of the Messiah was to bear the curse of our sickness upon His body, at the Cross, and deliver us from all sickness forever. This is widely debated amongst Bible commentators. You will find that opinions are about half against the Messiah bearing our sickness, and half for the Messiah atoning for our sickness.

Since all sickness is unnatural and caused as a direct result of sin, it is reasonable to assume that by the Messiah’s atonement on the cross, He was also removing our sickness.

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Isaiah's Description of Messiah's Suffering: Spit Upon

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Isaiah vividly predicts an event 600 years before it took place; that God would send His Son to earth only to have Him spat upon by the people He is dying for. The prophet describes the Messiah’s submission to this cruelty by the very words of the Savior Himself: I gave My back, My face…

Isaiah 50:6c …I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

Matthew 27:29-30 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

It is nearly unimaginable the horrors that Jesus endured while completing the sacrifice He made for our sins. Mobs of angry people gathered around Him, hurling their hatred, cursing, spitting and mocking Him in His pain. To be the King of the Universe yet brutalized and spat upon by the very people you are suffering for is a travesty of justice. Continue reading “Isaiah's Description of Messiah's Suffering: Spit Upon”

Isaiah's Description of Messiah's Suffering: Beard Ripped Out

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The Messiah will be beaten in His face and have His beard pulled out by His revilers.

 “I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard…” —Isaiah 50:6b

New Testament Fulfillment:

 “Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands. ” —Matthew 26:67

Although there is no specific reference in the New Testament to anyone pulling Jesus’ beard out with their hands as Isaiah described, it is for certain that this took place. In actuality, the fact that it is omitted from the New Testament is further proof that the New Testament account of Jesus and His crucifixion are not only true but also accurate.

If someone were intending to falsify the account of Jesus’ life to make it match the clear Old Testament prophecies of Isaiah 50:6, it is for certain that they would include a description of Jesus having His beard pulled out. Scholars agree that Isaiah’s description is intended for the Messiah. It would have been very easy to add a description for Jesus having His beard torn from His face, if the writers of the gospels were seeking to convince any reader that Jesus was the Messiah. By their absence of this description, it appears as if it was simply an oversight that occurred in the midst of recording the other events described in the New Testament. Such omissions of facts are often the case in actual eyewitness accounts. Continue reading “Isaiah's Description of Messiah's Suffering: Beard Ripped Out”

How Much Jesus Suffered For Us

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Matthew 27:26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

The purpose of the scourge was to exact a confession from the accused, before being put to death. Not that a confession would change the final disposition of the condemned, but for the purpose of setting an example for the crowd who were witnessing the judgment of a convicted criminal. Literally, all punishment that was committed against a breaker of the law, was for the purpose of preventing others from committing the same crime themselves.

The punishment of the guilty was intended to be the ultimate deterrent. A vividly bloodied criminal who was publicly put to death before crowds of people, might prevent others from going down the same path. Those who would see the sentence of death being carried out, might think again before committing the crime they were considering. It is certain that every person who watched a man die by crucifixion would leave the scene with a graphic reminder of what the consequences of disobeying the law would mean to them personally, should they commit the same act. Continue reading “How Much Jesus Suffered For Us”

The Crucifixion of Jesus

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The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is amongst the most substantially documented events in the history of the world. There is more evidence for Jesus death in Israel, during the time depicted by the New Testament, than perhaps any other person of antiquity.

Professor Peter Schäfer, in his book: “Jesus in the Talmud”, records that Talmud Sanhedrin 43a contains the following text regarding Jesus of Nazareth:.[1]

“On (Sabbath eve and) the eve of Passover, Jesus the Nazarene was hanged and a herald went forth before him forty days heralding, “Jesus the Nazarene is going forth to be stoned because he practiced sorcery and instigated and seduced Israel to idolatry. Whoever knows anything in defense may come and state it.” But since they did not find anything in his defense they hanged him on (Sabbath eve and) the eve of Passover. Ulla said: ‘Do you suppose that Jesus the Nazarene was one for whom a defense could be made? He was a mesit (someone who instigated Israel to idolatry), concerning whom the Merciful [God] says: Show him no compassion and do not shield him (Deut. 13:9). With Jesus the Nazarene it was different. For he was close to the government.”[2a]

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