Category Archives: Crucifixion

MM Meditation – the Stave of the Crucifixion

Mark 14
42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrays me is at hand.

43 And immediately, while he spoke came Judas,
one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves,
from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying,
Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.

Men with weapons of war came after the One sent from the God of Peace to help mankind find peace with the God.

In the strength of their flesh they brought weapons to subdue, to conquer and to overcome. Their sweaty, sin-stained hands gripped blunt, wooden clubs drawn in anticipation of silencing the mouth of the innocent One who preached and purchased the salvation they were rejecting.

They did not know the ironic foreshadowing spoken by their powerless wood-hewn clubs.

The same word that was translated “stave” was also translated “tree.”

Their first weapons, the clubs, wielded no power.  Their second weapon, the cross used to crucify our Lord, was the greatest form of torture.  The wooden beams brought suffering to the Lord Jesus, but what they meant for evil, God meant for good.

I Peter 2:24
“Who Himself bore our sins
in His own body on the tree,
that we, having died to sins,
 might live for righteousness—
by whose stripes you were healed.”

They had no power in their staves, but we have power in the tree, because the grossest weapon of cruel murder was the greatest tool of salvation.

May we praise, thank and adore Him for enduring the the torture of men’s wooden weapons, while bearing our sins on the Cross.

Our joyful response for Him dying for us, should be to fully live for Him.

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Each item mankind used to torture or mock the Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lord Jesus Christ used to show forth His glory in Salvation.

MM Meditation – The Sword of the Crucifixion

Mark 14:

42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrays me is at hand.

43  And immediately, while he spoke came Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
Men with weapons of war came after the One sent from the God of all Peace to help all mankind find peace with God.
In the strength of their flesh they brought weapons to subdue, to conquer and to overcome. Their sweaty, sin-stained hands gripped the very tools that symbolized the spiritual power of the One they came to harm.  The razor sharp blades were drawn in anticipation of silencing the mouth of the innocent One who preached the way of salvation they were rejecting.
They did not know the ironic foreshadowing spoken by their powerless blades of steel.
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Ephesians 6:17
And take… the sword  of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
They intended their blades to cut through weak flesh, but they dangled uselessly in the air. The real power is in the spiritual Sword.
Hebrews 4:12
 For the word of God is living and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
 piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,
and of joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


At the moment of mankind’s greatest sin, hating and rejection the Savior of the World,  their weapons had no power.  They could not overpower the One who willingly was going to die for their sins, and the One who would willingly give up His own spirit.  He alone had the power over sin and death and hell, even His own death.  They could not take His life, He gave it.
 
But our Sword, our written, God-breathed Word of God, has power over all the powers of evil.  It has the power to convert our souls through faith and give us a home in Heaven.
 
Our Sword has the power to kill the flesh, the Old Man, and give life to the New Man.
 
Our Sword has power because their swords didn’t.
 
Those wicked men foolishly went to the Savior with their swords,  expecting a battle.
 
We wise believers need to go into battle for the Savior with our Sword.
 
 
 
 
 

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MM Meditation – The Robe of the Crucifixion

As our Lord walked this earth, He came in touch with three items that He would encounter again on His day of crucifixion – the scourge, the thorns and the robe.

As He encounters each item, He attacks the lies and the false relgion that it represents.

Each of these items revisited Him in a painful way, yet He died, was buried and rose victorious over the symbols and the sin, and presented a simple way for mankind to shed off all the man-made trappings of religion and approach the God of Heavens for salvation, simply by faith.
Crucifixion

ROBES (Religion for Show)

When the Lord Jesus watched the religious leaders strutting around the temple in their robes, He openly rebuked their love for show. Their pride choked out their faith, and they esteemed the outward symbols and rituals of the religion more than their God.

He noticed they loved to be seen  in their flowing robes,  the bells on the bottom to announcing their self-importance, and marking their prestigious position. They were proud their clothing set them apart.

Instead of their robes setting them apart as those who loved the Lord and were called to serve the people,  they set themselves apart in superiority and abused their power to take advantage of the weak.   They garments that should have symbolized consecration, symbolized pride.

The Lord Jesus rebuked them in the Temple.

Mark 12:38-40
“Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces,  the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,  who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

Then, there was another robe.

Not a robe flowing around a self-righteous hypocrite, but a robe stained with blood flowing for unrighteous sinners.

Luke 23:11, “Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.”

Did His flowing robe, glued to His back with His own blood, remind the religous hypocrites of His rebuke for their garments of pride? They could not see He was the fulfillment of all their prophecies, their hopes, their dreams their longings.  They distained His humble ways.

He warned of  damnation for loving the showy symbols of their religion.

I wonder, when the sun was dying in the west, and the Son was dying on the cross, if the jangle of bells could be heard  in the stillness of the evening, as those religiously robed men walked away from the scene of their making?

Today, are we wearing religious trappings and performing religious ceremonies, without having the heart of faith and obedience demanded by the Lord?

We may not be wearing robes, but we might be carrying titles, offices, or positions of spiritual leadership that we wear as a robe of pride, instead of a symbol of consecration.

We may be performing the duties and obligations of Christianity without having the true heart of faith.  We have nothing to offer Him but sinful, broken lives. Even after salvation, we have nothing to offer Him but redeemed lives.  We must be humble in our service and duties.

We might be trusting in something other than faith in the blood of Jesus for our salvation. If so, then we are throwing the robe of religion for show over the body crucified for our sins.

May we heed the rebuke of the Lord Jesus Christ and  be clothed only in the righteousness of Christ through faith, and the robes of religion for show.  May the trappings of religion fall from us, as we seek after only true faith and the practices in His Holy Word.

If we stray from the Savior and His Word, our  pride and self-rightousness will become a  robe of show that jangles hypocrisy in the ears of those around us.

If we abide in Him, we shall be clothed  in a robe – in a white robe of righteousness, purchased with His blood.

Read  Part I – The Scourge of the Crucifixion
Read Part II – The Thorns of the Crucifixion

MM Meditation – The Thorns of the Crucifixion

As our Lord walked this earth, He came in touch with three items that He would encounter again on His day of crucifixion – the scourge, the thorns and the robe.

As He encounters each item, He attacks the lies and the false relgion that it represents.


Each of these items revisited Him in a painful way, yet He died, was buried and rose victorious over the symbols and the sin, and presented a simple way for mankind to shed off all the man-made trappings of religion and approach the God of Heavens for salvation, simply by faith.

(Read  part one “The Scourge of the Crucifixion”)

Crown of Thorns

THORNS
Religion with no Fruit

There are two appearances of thorns in the New Testament. They’re introduced in Genesis as a curse from the Fall of man. Thorns remind us of the bitter entrance of sin into the world.  In the New Testament, they are used as a preaching tool for the Lord Jesus and then as a tool of punishment and mockery by the Roman soldiers.

In Matthew 7, the famously misunderstood chapter on judgment, the Lord gives the instruction for judging. It isn’t forbidden, it is outlined. After you make sure you aren’t guilty of the same sin, you deal with your brother’s sin. The Lord Jesus then instructs on judgment against false prophets. Those claiming allegiance with the Lord Jesus are to be judged for fruit.

Matthew 7:15-20

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

The Lord chastised  the false prophets for being fruitless thorns. His words were as sharp as the plant he was preaching about.

A few chapters later in Matthew 13, in the parable of the sower, He speaks prophetically of how the fruitless thorns choke out the Word. In verse 22 He lists the “thorns” as and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. His strong warning is against hearing the Word and not obeying it.

Those thorns show up at the end of his ministry as a cruel reminder that many did not heed His Word.

John 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head

The   soldier hands that  twisted  the thorns into a crown to mock the Savior were pierced during their fruitless endeavor, but the Savior’s Hands were willingly pierced by nails  giving up His life on the Cross.

Meant to mock all the Truth the Lord had preached, the crown of thorns instead perfectly symbolized the fruitless life of false prophets. It was the proof that all He had preached was true.

There was no fruit in their cruel acts, but the Lord Jesus bore fruit as He died, was buried and rose victoriously. All that trust in the Lord Jesus for salvation will be brought to Heaven in a glorious harvest of souls.

As the blood dripped from His thorn-pierced brow, were the soldiers, the religious leaders and the jeering masses reminded of His lessons on false prophets?  Did any remember and quiver at His words about the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of  riches and pleasures of this life?

Did they see the thorns and tremble that the evil fruit of their hearts and lives was twisted upon His head?

They had heard, but did not obey.

Today, we must not bring that crown of shame, of fruitless religion,  again to the Lord’s brow. If we heed His warnings by hearing and obeying the Word of God, we will be known by our good fruit.

MM Meditation – The Scourge of the Crucifixion

As our Lord walked this earth, He came in touch with three items that He would encounter again on His day of crucifixion – the scourge, the thorns and the robe.

As He encounters each item, He attacks the lies and the false relgion that it represents.

Each of these items revisited Him in a painful way, yet He died, was buried and rose victorious over the symbols and the sin,  and presented a simple way for mankind to shed off all the man-made trappings of religion and approach the God of Heavens for salvation,  simply by faith.

(Photo used with permission from Visit Israel With Us)

SCOURGE

Religion for Profit

Twice in the Scriptures Jesus was in the presence of a scourge. The first time it was one He made to drive away the sin that had been brought into His Father’s house.

John 2:15, “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables.”

He didn’t grab a scourge from a nearby Roman soldier, He deliberately wove it together in planned vengeance to clean out His Father’s house from the sinful practice of  profitting financially from the God-given command to sacrifice animals to cover the sins of the people.

One family would come with a lamb to sacrifice, it would be refused, and another lamb would be sold to them at a high price.   The temple workers would take the family’s lamb and resell it to another family.

The sacrifices were foreshadowing  the Lamb of God who would die to take away the sins of the world.  Greed was ruining this beautiful picture, by charging for the blood that had to be shed.

The second time it is recorded that the Lord Jesus is in the presence of a scourge, it was used by the Romans to mutilate His body, so that He was unrecognizable and marred more than any man, to the satisfaction of the highest Jewish leaders of the day.   Isaiah 52:14

The scourge was wrongly used to punish the One who knew their sin, rebuked their sin, offered forgiveness for their sin, and was about to die for their sin.

Do you think when they watched Him being scourged, the Jews remembered the scourge He created and used stop their money-making? Did the temple workers have to nail the tables back together? Did they have to round up the animals? Did they fight over the scattered coins on the marble floor? They were selling their religion, taking advantage of the rich and the poor that were bringing sacrifices to atone for their sin. The Lord Jesus offers full atonement for free.

The Lord Jesus used a scourge to clean out the temple, then the scourge was used on the only Man who could clean out their hearts. Did their hardened hearts see the marks of the scourge as His face, His back, and His body  as vengeance?

Is a scourge needed in the Church of God today?  We must be careful that we do not offer religion for profit, that the Gospel is offered as freely as the blood of Jesus was shed.