The Cross Throughout the Scriptures – Part 22

 

28. The Sayings of TLJC while on the Cross.

LUK 23:32-33 And two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him. And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.

LUK 23:34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.

The first statement dealt with the word forgiveness for His enemies.

The second dealt with salvation, LUK 23:39-42.

LUK 23:43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

The third dealt with compassion, JOH 19:26-27.

JOH 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”

JOH 19:27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own {household.}

The fourth statement deals with anguish, MAT 27:46.

Jesus Christ “bore our sins in his own body on the tree,” 1PE 2:24.

EXO 3:5 “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

TLJC was accustomed to address God as His Father.

This statement shows us how truly human TLJC was, that He could be forsaken of His God.

He was and is the God-man who has been scourged and spit upon and who has died.

It was necessary for Him to be both God’s beloved Son and be forsaken of His Father.

TLJC saw all that man had to suffer because of sin, and He perceived the total sum of miseries brought by sin upon all generations of the human race.

When the body is suffering it also can affect the mind.

ISA 49:14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me.”

ISA 49:15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”

God did forsake His Son, but He loved Him as much when He forsook Him as at any other period.

ISA 53:10 But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,

It is awful for a person in hell to be without God; but they are so hardened they are incapable of knowing the beauty of a relationship with God, from whom they are separated forever.

MAT 3:17 “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

1JO 3:5 And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

1PE 2:22 He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;

HEB 13:5 for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

ROM 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

ROM 8:39 – nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” – “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” – also points to His love for us.

On the cross He did not weep, He bled and He died; He died spiritually, being forsaken of God, and then He died physically.

ACT 5:41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for {His} name.

The fifth cry on the cross can be identified by the word suffering, JOH 19:28.

Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries 2002

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