Jesus Christ 5

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Finally in the series we come to the most painful to read, but inspiring show of love in all of Jesus’ human life. His death.

John 19:34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.

This was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy that he would be pierced for our sins. Notice that in his death, two fluids poured from Jesus’ body. I think the author mentioned them separately on purpose. The water clearly would symbolize the living water Jesus always talked about. Once the water poured out, Jesus body had died. The blood was shed and poured to pay for, or cover our sins that we could be seen righteous in the eyes of God, instead of stained with the acts of the flesh.

Hebrews 2:14 Because God’s children are human beings, made of flesh and blood, the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had[a] the power of death.

In order to divinely cover our sins, and save us from damnation at the hands of Satan, the evil one. God had to come to Earth in the form of a man, Jesus, and give his perfect blood as a once and for all sacrifice for all sin.

1 Peter 3:18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.

This verse reiterates my earlier comment about covering our sins once and for all. Jesus was blameless and perfect in his humanity as in his divinity. Those of us who like to think that Jesus did not feel pain, because he was God, need go anywhere else looking for proof of being wrong, this very clearly states that Jesus felt every lash, every hammer hit, every ounce of the pain that anyone would. And, he did it for you, for us.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to *be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

*this phrase in the original Greek can also be translated to say “to become sin”.

When you think about it with the second translation, think about a sponge big enough to was every single car on the planet at the exact same time, inside and out, even under the hood in the engine and all moving and non moving parts. Ever car in the world! That is precisely what Jesus did for our sins, and not just the sins of his time, imagine all of the cars every created in the history of the world! Jesus did that for ever single sin!

Mark 14:36 Abba, Father,” Jesus cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

I always say that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did not go around talking to himself! He’s God. This is from his prayer just before his death, and even then, up to the last-minute, he had three disciples with him and was trying to get in a few last-minute lessons on communicating with him once he was back in Heaven, and was angered and upset that they could not even stay awake long enough to learn in his final moments. Also, in Aramaic, Abba simply means Father. While Jesus phrase was redundant, it was also done on purpose. To use Greek and Aramaic he was doing his best to show that he was for all people, not only those who could read one language or the other. I believe that when God divinely inspired Mark to write this gospel, he did that on purpose to add further importance to us acknowledging ALL believer instead of only those who speak (or behave or live) the way we see as culturally acceptable.

John 19:30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.

Jesus, even in his death, released his own spirit unto the Heavens and out of his body. Removing everything divine from his body. Jesus, the human was dead, but Jesus, the God of Ages, the Wonderful Counsellor, the Prince of Peace was, is, and always shall be seated on the throne of Heaven, alive and well, ruling over the faithful believers in him. Guiding us in the right directions, and showing us that there is a better way for those who accept him!

Stay blessed,

Chris

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