JESUS on the CROSS

 

Paul teaches us that the gospel is the "death, burial and resurrection" of Jesus (1Corinthians 15:1-4) and that it is the "power of God" unto our salvation (Romans 1:16).  The resurrection was a perfect (complete) work in that it forgave our sins, healed our spirit, body and souls and made us rich (a lack of nothing).  We were redeemed from darkness to light, sanctified or set apart to God, made righteous through faith in the gospel and justified as though we had never sinned.

This work of the cross was spoken of by Isaiah some 7 centuries before Jesus walked on the earth.  Let's start in Isiah 52:13.

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. (v13)

This is the resurrection of Jesus.  Because of his obedience, his name is exalted above every name, and every knee has to bow at the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:9-10).  God the Father, exalted the name of Jesus even above his own name.

Jesus' Body on the Cross

As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: (v14)

Can you see that?  His appearance was marred more than any man ever was or ever will be.  That is hard to comprehend, especially in churches where there is a crucifix behind the altar.  That image appears to be a man, but it cannot be Jesus as he was marred more than any man.  David, by the spirit of God, also prophesied about the body of Jesus on the cross.  He wrote in Psalm 22:14-17:

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint:...(v14)

...they pierced my hands and feet.  (v16)

I may tell all my bones:  they look and stare upon me. (v17)

Not one bone in Jesus' body was broken in fulfillment of the scriptures, but every bone was out of joint.  His body was marred more than any man.

Continue on in Isiah 53.

...he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. (v2)

Again, with all of his bones out of joint he had no form.   He certainly didn't look like that weak, anemic image hanging on the two wooden sticks in the front of the church or hanging around the necks of religious men and women.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:  and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (v3)

Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. (v4)

On the cross, Jesus bore our sickness (griefs) and pains (sorrows).  Yet we think God did this to him.  Yes, God sent his son and then put him on the cross and all the sin, sickness and disease of the world was put upon him, but we did this to him.  It was our pains, sickness and sins that caused his body to be marred.

Jesus Bore our Transgressions

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: (v5)

He was afflicted on the cross because of our sins, and the scriptures tell us that all have sinned (Romans 3:23).  "What sins have I committed?", the self-righteous church goer asks.  All sin stems from doubt and unbelief.  Jesus died on the cross for our unbelief and rebellion (iniquity).  Continuing on in verse 5:

the chastisement of our peace was upon him;

The instruction (chastisement) of our peace comes through the gospel.  Jesus was born to bring peace (Isiah 9:6-7) and he died to bring peace (Colossians 1:19-20).  Not only peace in our lives while turmoil is all around us, but we will have peace with God, when we mix faith with the gospel (Romans 5:1).   Finishing up verse 5:

and with his stripes we are healed.

When God raised Jesus from the dead, He put his bones back together, healed his body, including the stripes from the beatings, and we were healed at that same time.  This was foretold by Isaiah before it happened, in looking forward to the cross he stated, we are healed.  Peter stated (1Peter 2:24), "that with his stripes you were healed."  He was looking back to the cross.  Both men speaking by the Holy Spirit said we were healed when Jesus was raised from the dead.  If you have a sickness that you cannot overcome, it is because you do not believe!  Do not despair, Jesus died for our sin of unbelief.  Just repent (change your will) and believe the gospel!

Jesus Died for Us All

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (v6)

If you think, "not me", your thinking does not agree with God's.  He said through Isaiah that we have ALL gone astray seeking to do our own thing.  We want God to bless us, but we do our own wills.  This rebellion (iniquity) was laid on Jesus.  The Father knows what is in our hearts and that our flesh doesn't want to obey Him, yet he forgave us and sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our sin.  Under the law of Moses, the penalty for sin is death.   Jesus paid that penalty for us!

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted (for us all), yet he opened not his mouth:  he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (v7)

We can see in Matthew 26, starting in verse 60 that when Jesus was accused, he held his peace (kept his mouth shut) and did not answer to the false accusations.  Only when the high priest asked if he was the son of God, did he respond.  He responded to the truth.

...At the last came two false witnesses, (v60)

And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. (v61)

Here he was speaking about his resurrection,

And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing?  what is it which these witness against thee? (v62)

But Jesus held his peace.  And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the son of God. (v63)

Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said:  nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. (v64)

Jesus went to hell for us

Continuing on in Isiah 53:

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation?  for he was cut off out of the land of the living:   for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  (v8)

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. (v9)

Verse 8 states he was cut off out of the land of the living which refers to both his physical death on the cross, and his spiritual death when he was cut off from God and descended into hell.  Likewise, in verse 9, the word death is translated as deaths (plural).  He died a physical and spiritual death.  Spiritual death is when we are cut off from God.  (For God is of pure eyes and cannot look upon our iniquity. Habakkuk 1:13). It was prophesied by David in the Psalms, the prayer Jesus would pray while on the cross.  (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).  In Psalm 22:

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?  (v1)

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. (v2)

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (v3)

When all of the sin of the world was put on Jesus, he was cut off from the Father.  He went to hell for these sins (our sins) and he cried out (in praises) to the Father the whole time he was in hell.  Jesus knew that the Father inhabits the praises of his people.  He also knew he would come out of hell and the grave after three days.  The Psalms were written before Jesus came to the earth and he had them in his heart.  In Psalm 16, David said:

I have set the Lord always before me:  because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (v8)

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:   my flesh also shall rest in hope. (v9)

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (v10)

Jesus knew he was the Holy One of God and that the Father would not leave his soul in hell.  He also knew that his body would rest in hope and see no corruption the three days it laid in the grave.  We know in the natural, that a dead body would be stinking by the third day, but the power of God rested on his body for 3 days, and it did not start to decay.

It pleased the Father that this happened to Jesus

Back to Isiah 53:

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:  when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. (v10)

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:  by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. (v11)

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;  because he hath poured out his soul unto death:  and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (v12)

It pleased the Father that this was put on Jesus, because all the sin, sickness and disease of the world was put on Jesus and taken off of us.  God so loves us, he sent his son to bear this on our behalf.  (John 3:16)   Jesus went to hell because of our sin, and all the sickness of the world was on his body on the cross and in the grave, yet it saw no corruption.  On the third day, the power of God raised Jesus spirit and soul from hell and his body from the grave and put off all of that sin and sickness.  He ascended into heaven and is today sitting on the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.

Continuing on with Psalm 16:

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:  in the presence is fulness of joy; at the right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (v11)

This is the resurrected Jesus in heaven.

Repent and believe the Gospel

Jesus' first commandment to us when he began his ministry after being baptized by the Holy Spirit (and after being baptized in water) was recorded in Mark 1:14-15:

...Jesus came into Galilee, preaching (proclaiming or showing forth) the gospel of the kingdom of God, (v14)

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (v15)

Simple instructions.  Repent (change your will to God's will) and believe the gospel.  Believe the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead.  This power forgave our sins and healed us, spirit, body and soul.   This work was done almost 2,000 years ago.  If we have guilt over sin in our lives or sickness in our bodies, the power of God is not manifesting like it should.   It is not due to a weakness of God, but rather, it is because we do not believe.  Do not despair!  Just humble yourself and admit your unbelief is holding back the promises of God and then repent and believe the gospel.  Not one time, but continuously.  Jesus said to take up our cross (the gospel) daily.  So begin each day by believing the gospel.  Trust in the gospel to manifest the promises of God he made to all those who will believe.

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