Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This was the night before His death on the cross and He now begins a discourse which is designed to orient the disciples to the cross, the Church‑age, and the intensification of the angelic conflict.

This is what we call the upper room discourse and the first announcement of the mystery doctrine of the Church‑age.

Then they’re going to sing a hymn and go out, and then we’ll have Joh 15‑17, which takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane

Joh 17 is the prayer that the Lord Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Actually, John 17 is the Lord’s prayer for us in the Church-age, not the “Our Father who art in heaven” prayer in Mat 6, that is for the Millennial reign.

“He loved them to the end” reveals that the Lord Jesus Christ was perfect and therefore in His impeccability, He was always stable even while under pressure.

After all, He was about to enter into the most pressurized situation in all of human history, the cross, where He would suffer physically and suffer spiritually for the sins of the entire world.

MAT 26:67, they would spit upon the face of the Son of God.

How truly and physically painful it must have been for Him to be whipped, crowned with thorns, bear the cross, and have iron spikes driven into His hands and feet?

He also underwent great emotional stress in the garden of Gethsemane the night before His death from being abandoned by friends, the thought of His humiliation and the a cruel death by crucifixion.

bblood came through the pours of His flesh as bloodied beads of sweat called hematidrosis – where the veins and skin become tender from so much anguish that they break, mixing the blood with sweat.

Flagrum which was a short whip with small balls of lead tied near the ends of each thong, brought down with full force again and again across Jesus’s shoulders, back, and legs.

There was the mocking of Jesus, a crown of thorns was driven into his scalp, causing more bleeding, the scalp being among the most veined parts of the human body.

Then the journey to the Cross of Calvary began where the heavy crossbar weighing 34 kg or 74.8 pounds to 57 kg or 132 pounds is put across his shoulders.

MAR 14:51-52, And a certain young man was following Him, wearing {nothing but} a linen sheet over {his} naked {body;} and they *seized him. But he left the linen sheet behind, and escaped naked.

MAT 27:32 And as they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.

Iron spikes measuring 5 to 7 inches are driven through Jesus’ hands (some accounts say the wrists would be more accurate location because medically speaking, the wrists are part of the hands.

The feet are nailed next, and Jesus is now crucified.

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

NUM 21:8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he shall live.”

NUM 21:9 And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.

JOH 3:14-15;”And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life.

Then there was the mocking and jeering from the people that He was dying for as they watched Him suffering publicly,
PSA 22:7-8.

The fact that our Lord’s hands and feet would be pierced, was prophesied by David in PSA 22:16.

The fact that even though He suffered all of this physical abuse and not one of His bones would be broken was a miracle in itself, PSA 34:20.

The fact that they would offer The Lord Jesus Christ gall and vinegar, some say as a form of medicine, others say to increase the physical pain inwardly, either was prophesied in PSA 69:21.

Then there was the piercing of Jesus’s side, ZEC 12:10.

The Old Testament talks about hanging people on the cross but it was after they were dead as a form of humiliation, DEU 21:22-23.

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

Under the Romans however, crucifixion degenerated into a cruel means of torture and death only one word can describe death by crucifixion: agony.

The victim was given thirteen stripes on the left shoulder, thirteen stripes on the right shoulder, and thirteen stripes across the thighs.

The Roman scourging was much more severe and was known as “halfway death.”

MAR 15:19 And they kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting at Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him.

After this is was then paraded through the streets of Jerusalem with a crossbeam tied to His back to face what was one of the cruelest and most humiliating forms of punishment in the ancient world, crucifixion.

“Calvary marked the greatest hour in the entire meritorious history of Deity.”

GAL 6:14 But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

At the cross, we have the meritorious attributes of God coming to their most majestic expres­sion.

God found a way to do what, according to the Word of God, could never be done, that is to say God justifying the ungodly, and yet remaining just (ROM 3:26).

At the cross, we have God declaring the wicked, righteous, without a shadow of blame or unrighteousness falling upon His righteous character­.

At the Cross, God frees the sinner who believes on His Son though he be the worst of sinners, and yet there is not a tint of a blemish upon His Holiness.

At the cross God provides a forgiveness which has power to transform the wicked and make him a saint.

And it is only when the believer discovers the glory of the cross that he first comes to see the Bible in its truest light.

PSA 35:11 Malicious witnesses rose up; they ask Me of things that I do not know.” -Fulfilled in MAR 14:57-58.

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 LUK 22:47-48.

The prophecy of the physical abuse and humiliation of Jesus; ISA 50:6 “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 MAT 26:67.

MAT 26:67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him,

ISA 52:14 His appearance was disfigured more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

They kept punching Him until His face was destroyed!
They closed His eyes until His face was swollen!

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