Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
March 6, 2020
Crucifixion Mystery Death Of Jesus. Christ Died On The Cross.
We have established the uniqueness of our Lord’s death upon the cross and the thoughts that He was thinking while He was upon the cross.
There were many prophecies that were given that dogmatically refers to the predictions of events that would happen before, during, and after the death of the Cross.
The Jewish people did not use a cross or a tree for capital punishment ever, therefore consider the odds of The Lord Jesus Christ having to die on a cross by the hands of the Jews; Exo 12:3-7.
That fact enough stresses the tremendous odds of our Lord being crucified on a cross which was never used for capital punishment among the Jews.
Prophecy #1 is directed toward Satan regarding the fall of man and the woman and it concerns with the seed of the woman (Jesus Christ incarnated) and the seed of the man (the (Adamic nature); Gen 3:9-15.
In GEN 3:9, once Adam and the woman disobeyed the command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil, they have both been struggling with good and evil.
- The first prophecy of the Cross; GEN 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
- The Prophecy of the Virgin Birth was needed for the Cross; Isa 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”
- The prophecy of the Cross is also revealed during the Passover by Jews who celebrate freedom from sin and death by placing the animals blood over the doorposts of every Jewish home so that they would be protected from the Angel of death (TLJC); Exo 12:3-7; 1Co 5:7.
This was a prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ and His death, totally fulfilled in the New Testament; 1Co 5:7 “For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”
Joh 3:14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up.”
Joh 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
Heb 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- We have the prophecy of certain events like a reproach of men, despised by people, being scorned or sneered, added to that the negative expressions of the physical body; Psa 22:6-8.
Fulfilled in Luke 23:35 “And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, slaying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen one.”
- The prophecy of His hands and feet being pierced in Psa 22:16 “For dogs have surrounded Me; a band of evildoers has encompassed Me; they pierced My hands and My feet”
- The prophecy of casting lots for His garments; Psa 22:18 “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
Fulfilled in Mat 27:35 “And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots;”
- There is the prophecy that not one of His bones would be broken. Psa 34:20 “He keeps all His bones; not one of them is broken.”
JOH 19:35 And he who has seen has borne witness, and his witness is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.
Joh 19:36 “For these things came to pass, that the scripture might be fulfilled, “not a bone of Him shall be broken.”
- The prophecy of the false witnesses; Psa 35:11 “Malicious witnesses rose up; they ask Me of things that I do not know.”
Fulfilled in Mark 14:57-58 “And some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying, We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’
- There is the Old Testament prophecy of the betrayal of Judas Iscariot’ Psa 41:9 “Even My close friend, in whom I trusted, who ate My bread, has lifted up his heel against Me.”
Fulfilled in Luke 22:47-48; “While He was still speaking, behold, a multitude came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him”
Luk 22:48 “But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of man with a kiss?”
- There is the prophecy that they would offer The Lord Jesus Christ gall and vinegar, Psa 69:21 “They also gave Me gall for My food, and for My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.”
Fulfilled in Mat 27:34 “They gave Him wine to drink mingled with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.”
- The prophecy of the physical abuse and humiliation of Jesus; “I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spiting.”
Fulfilled in Matthew 26:67 “Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him.”
- He would come to die for our sins in order to save us, Isa 53:5 “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for out well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.”
- Fulfilled throughout the entire NT as in Romans 5:6-8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
- He would be silent as He approached the cross; Isa 53:7 “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.”
Fulfilled in Mark 15:4-5 “And Pilate was questioning Him again, saying, “do You make no answer? See how many charges they bring against You!”
- There is the prophecy of His crucifixion; Isa 53:12 “And He was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.”
This was fulfilled in Luke 23:33-34 “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.”
- There is the prophecy of the piercing of Jesus’s side; Zec 12:10 “They will look on Me whom they have pierced’ and they will mourn for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.”
Fulfilled in Joh 19:34 “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.”
Rev 1:7 “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him.”
- Nailing of Jesus’ hands and feet; Zec 13:6 “And one will say to Him, ‘what are these wounds between Your arms?’ Then He will say, ‘those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends.”
Fulfilled: Joh 20:27 “Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.”
- He was not received by His own; Isa 53:3 “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”
Fulfilled in Joh 1:11 “He came to his own, and those who were his own did not receive Him.”
- Prophecy: Jesus Christ died in order to save us; Isa 53:5 “but he was pierced through for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for out well-being fell upon him, and by his scourging we are healed.”
Fulfilled in ROM 5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.
ROM 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- Prophecy: He was silent before the cross; Isa 53:7 “He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so he did not open his mouth.”
Fulfilled in Mar 15:4-5; “And Pilate was questioning Him again, saying, “Do you make no answer? See how many charges they bring against You! But Jesus made no further answer; so that Pilate was amazed.
- Concerning the events up to the cross, we have the prophecy that : Jesus would ride on a colt (donkey); Zec 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, daughter of Jerusalem!”
Behold, your king is coming to you; he is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Fulfilled in Mar 11:7-11; Mar 11:7 “And they brought the colt to Jesus, and put their garments on it; and he sat upon it.”
There is always a danger that we may think that Judas Iscariot was ordained by God to betray our Lord.
Hyper-Calvinism refers to the theology, which is the study of God that denies the universal duty of human beings to believe in Christ for the salvation of their souls.
The Hyper-Calvinist doesn’t take into account the free will of man. All they really take into account is the sovereignty of God.
Sovereignty of God is His eternal, infinite, and perfect divine volition by which He can do whatever He desires whenever He wants to.
The sovereignty of God is His eternal and infinite will be expressed in the divine decrees, manifest in the comprehensive divine interpretation of history called dispensations.
Because the Hyper-Calvinist only takes into account the sovereign will of God and ignores the free-will of man, Hyper-Calvinism says that no individual can become born-again or saved by their own choice.
Hyper-Calvinism also denies the freedom that comes from Bible doctrine to the apostate theology that man has no right to question God because of Rom 9 and the sovereignty of God.
The danger behind Hyper-Calvinism is that those who believe it and live in it become apathetic, careless, indifferent, uncaring, or irresponsible when it comes to the PPOG and PSD’s.
In the first place, Hyper-Calvinism will kill Gospel preaching to the lost.
For the Hyper-Calvinist, all they can see in Scripture is God’s sovereignty to the exclusion of man’s volition and responsibility.
To call on all sinners to believe on Christ and repent of their sins is, for the Hyper-Calvinist, an outright denial of God’s sovereignty in salvation. Hence, they scorn Gospel preaching!
In their erroneous thinking, they have cut out the imperative and necessity for sinners to hear the Gospel if they would be saved (cf. Rom. 10:13-17.
To believe this denies the fact that God has ordained Gospel preaching as the divine means to bring His elect to saving faith (cf. 1Co 1:18-2:5).
In the second place, Hyper-Calvinism kills prayer. As the Hyper-Calvinist muses on God’s sovereign decree, he concludes: “Well, if I pray, it won’t change things; if I don’t pray it won’t change things.”
Like preaching, prayer is ordained by God as an instrument through which He accomplishes His purposes (Phi 1:9-20).
In third place, Hyper-Calvinism kills a grateful spirit in the providence of God.
The Hyper-Calvinist is essentially a fatalist. His view of God’s sovereignty takes no account of how God is personally, wisely, and lovingly working all things together for the believer’s good (Rom 8:28).
The Hyper-Calvinist concludes: “Well, what is to be will be, so what happened was just what was planned.”
If we truly understand God’s providence over our lives, then we will be able to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1Th 5:18).