The meaning of the Seven Amazing Sayings of Jesus Christ on the Cross.


September 2, 2020

 

 

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
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The meaning of the Seven Amazing Saying of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

  1. His spiritual and physical death;
  2. His burial;
  3. His victorious proclamation;
  4. His resurrection;
  5. His ascension,
  6. His session.

 

First of all, it was His spiritual death on the cross, where He was separated from God the Father in the spiritual realm as He was being judged for the sin, not sins, but for the sin of all mankind; Joh 1:29.

He would die spiritually for the sins that the old sin nature would produce.

He would also die spiritually for all the good that the sin nature would produce which is nothing more than the human good.

As our Lord said in  MAT 5:48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

ROM 3:12  All have turned aside, together they have become useless;  There is none who does good, There is not even one.”

Again, notice that our Lord died twice on the cross; one was a spiritual death or being separated from God, while the other is physical death because His work was finished and there’s no reason for Him to stay on earth.

And so, as ROM 6:23 says  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The death that is mentioned here is spiritual death and not physical death.

This principle can be understood simply by the fact that if the Lord died physically for us then why do we still die physically?

Secondly, because He died a spiritual death “for us” we will never have to die spiritually, and we will never be separated from God or rejected by God.

  1. Physical Death of the Human Race.
  2. Spiritual Death of the Human Race.
  3. Positional Death of the Believer.
  4. Cosmic Death or carnality is the death produced by the Believer in the Cosmic System.
  5. Production Mortality or death of the Believer is called  Dead Works.
  6. Sexual Death: the Inability to Copulate.
  7. The Second Death, Rev 2:11.
  8. The Sin unto Death.

It’s interesting that after our Lord’s spiritual death was complete while He was still alive physically and therefore He prayed in Luk 23:46  And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last.

The death that He died for us had to be a spiritual death because we all still die physically but we will never die spiritually or we will never be separated from God because Christ died for all and therefore, “whosoever believes in Him” can be saved.

But, there is one death that believers will never die and that is spiritual death or being separated from God forever.

It was our Lord’s spiritual death which was being separated from God the Father on the cross which our Lord died for us and allows us to accept in our position, union with the death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This passage and others tells us:

When He died we died with Him

When He was buried, we were buried with Him.

When He was resurrected, we were resurrected.

When He was seated at the right hand of God, we were seated with Him, positionally.

So, this passage talks about our Lord’s burial and our union with Him, and His resurrection and our union with Him.

So far then that we have two deaths, spiritual and physical, and we have been buried and resurrected with Him, all having to do with our positional truth which He accomplished and our union with the Lord.

This was all involved by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the word  baptisma meaning identification.

This means that when He was buried, we were buried or identified with Him as well. Col 2:12.

This is what the apostle Paul also said in 2CO 5:21   He made Him who knew no sin {to be} sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

This is one of the many results of spiritual death, not only that our Lord died for us spiritually and because of that, He was willing to go to the cross and be separated from His Father for the first time ever.

How could I explain what it must have been like for someone who had never sinned, always had been holy, just and righteous,  as well as the God of truth, mercy, and love…..and then to come into contact with the filthiness of sin for the first time as He fulfilled the plan of God for His life.

As the Lord spoke to the prophet Isaiah in ISA 1:5   Where will you be stricken again, {As} you continue in {your} rebellion? The whole head is sick, And the whole heart is faint. [weary or warned out.

ISA 1:6   From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it, {Only} bruises, welts, and raw wounds, Not pressed out or bandaged, Nor softened with oil. = ministry of the Holy Spirit.

As the prophet Jeremiah said, JER 17:5   Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the Lord.

Whether or not, it was our Lord’s spiritual death or His physical death, both were taught by the apostle Paul being identified with our Lord’s spiritual death and physical death.

So, first, the physical death is the reason why all of us still die physically and why we need to be born-again spiritually.

Also, having “the new thoughts that come from having a new life”  through the divine thoughts our Lord possessed is having a life changing attitude.

It is these divine thoughts that give us the power to fulfill passages like the Apostle Paul said in PHI 2:5  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

What attitude?

The attitude that our Lord had as Phi 2:3 says begins to describe to us when the apostle meant Paul when he gave to us these doctrinal principles.

These doctrinal principles are revealed to us by our Lord in Phi 2:3 when the Apostle Paul said this: Do nothing motivated by contentiousness or ambitious pride, but with humility of mind [or by means of grace orientation] let each of you keep on considering one another as more important than himself;

It is a true statement when the apostle Paul said that these doctrinal principles are revealed to us by our Lord in PHI 2:3 when the Apostle Paul said this: Do nothing motivated by contentiousness or ambitious pride, but with humility of mind [or by means of grace orientation] let each of you keep on considering one another to be more important than themselves.

PHI 2:4  do not merely be regarding your own personal interests, but also for the personal interests of others.

An Amplified translation says,  “Don’t try to push your way to the front; don’t sweettalk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.”

Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand to others or those in need of help no matter what.

He tells us why directly from the words of the Throne as He stated in LUK 19:10  “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of humanity as a slave and became a member of the human race.

PHI 2:5  “Keep on thinking this [doctrine] within yourselves which was also resident in Christ Jesus,”

PHI 2:6  who, although He preexisted in the essence of God, did not think equality with God a gain to be seized,

Phi 2:7 “but He deprived Himself of the proper function of deity when He had received the form of a servant and was born in the likeness of men.”

PHI 2:8   And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

In verse 8,  Having become human, he stayed human, it was an incredibly humbling process that He didn’t claim special privileges or honor and respect toward Him.

Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—which was known as the worst and most embarrassing kind of death which was crucifixion.

According to ancient sources, one of the cruelest and most humiliating forms of punishment in the ancient world was,  crucifixion.

The Jewish historian Josephus best described it following the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 as “the most wretched of deaths.” And stated that suicide is preferable to the cruel fate of being put on the cross.

Interestingly, no other time in history could or would have allowed for Our Lord to go through this form of humiliation.

Think of the fact that the Jewish people did not use a cross or a tree for capital punishment, therefore consider the odds of the Lord Jesus Christ having to die on a cross by the hands of the Jews.

The crucifixion allowed our Lord to fulfill such prophecies as the brazen serpent being lifted up on a pole, Num 21:9.

The fact that people would watch Him as He was suffering publicly, Psa 22:7-8.

The fact that His hands and feet would be pierced, Psa 22:16.

The fact that not one of His bones would be broken, Psa 34:20.

The fact that they would offer The Lord Jesus Christ gall and vinegar, Psa 69:21.

The piercing of Jesus’s side is also mentioned, Zec 12:10.

Now, the Old Testament talks about hanging people on the cross, but it was after they were dead as a form of humiliation.

It consisted of wooden timbers and iron spikes.

Death by crucifixion was invented by the Persians which is now Iran.

Later it was adopted by the Phoenicians (Canaanites, a perverted people) and the Carthaginians (North Africa).

It was from the Carthaginians that the Romans got crucifixion.