Crucifixion

Paper on Isaiah 53

Introduction

There are many who believe that Isaiah 53 begins in the previous chapter at Isaiah 52:13. The assumption is not without good reason. It was not until the year 1207 A.D. that the Bible was divided up into chapters. A very famous English archbishop, Steven Langton, did this. He was the man who prepared the “Magna Carta.” Three hundred and fifty years later, this printer, called Robert Stevens, divided the chapters into verses. This is why we have the Bible in its present form. All of God’s true servants believe in the inspired Word of God, but they do not believe that the divisions made by these two well-meaning men were inspired. Our present reading is an example of this. Surely Isaiah 52:13-15 is introductory to and belongs to chapter 53.

 

The Suffering Servant

Jonah: Lesson 6

Read Jonah 1:17, Jonah 2:1-10 and Matthew 12:38-41

Three Days and Three Nights

The principle question before us this morning is: Was Jesus in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights? According to tradition, the Lord was crucified on Friday; this has become known throughout the Christian world as “Good Friday.” If this theory is correct, then the statements of our Lord are incorrect.

Mark 8:31 “and after three days rise again.”

Matthew 27:63 “this deceiver said while he was yet alive, after three days I will rise again.”

1 Corinthians 15:4 “And that He was buried, and that He rose again according to the Scriptures on the third day.”

Jonah 1:17 “And Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish.”

In the face of such clear statements, the “Good Friday” theory is impossible. There is not a shred of biblical evidence to support it. The assumption that a part of a day counts for a whole day is taken from the Talmud and is not found in the Bible. If Jesus died on Friday, at 3 pm, He was dead for three hours on Friday, all day Saturday, and a few hours on Sunday. This is supposed to be three days and three nights? In actuality it was one day and two nights.

How can we believe this when Jesus Himself said, “three days and three nights?”

The Jewish day began at sundown and ended at sundown. This rule was laid down in Genesis 1:5, which says, “The evening and the morning were the first day.” The weekly Jewish Sabbath began at sundown, at 6 pm Friday evening, and closed on Saturday evening at 6 pm.

The Son of God Loved Me

"And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand, and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!" -- Matthew 27:29 They "took the reed and smote Him on the head." What vile treatment for the King of kings and Lord of lords! For the first time, en route to the cross, blood flowed—from His head. "Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe." James G. Deck writes poeti...

The Passion of the Christ

EMBELLISH AND MARKET Paul long ago wrote, ‘For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ’, 2 Cor. 2. 17. The Greek word, kapeleuo, is ‘to make a trade,’ or ‘to peddle’. The noun form is translated a ‘huckster’. Paul warned of those who make merchandise of the gospel. If that warning was needed 2, 000 years ago it is doubly needed today! Time magazine recently had a column headed

The Death of Christ was an Act of Gracious Deliverance

We typically like to help those who are appealing to us in some way or other. When we do help someone who is in trouble, we often have preconceived expectations. We expect the person to appreciate what we have done and to thank us for it. We also expect the person to eventually exert some effort of his own to bring about his recovery. We might even expect the person to help us in times of distress. It is astounding that Christ did not die for us for any of the above reasons. God’...

The Death of Christ - An Act of Divine Manifestation

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ…whom God set forth to be a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26)

God revealed His absolute righteousness through the death of Jesus Christ. He demonstrated clearly that sin must be righteously judged before there could be forgiveness. The natural mind does not understand this aspect of God’s character without the death of Christ. By nature, we like to assume that if we try to do our very best  (which, by the way, we never really do), God in His kindness will overlook our “failures.” In thinking this way, we totally overlook the righteous and holy character of God. We are assuming that God will compromise His righteousness in order to demonstrate His love. This He can never do. Love that is not founded on the basis of righteousness is worthless.

Through His death on the cross, Christ satisfied the righteous and holy demands of God regarding our “sins.” The popular teaching today of God’s tolerance of evil is a slander against His character as the righteous Judge of this universe. It is only by teaching without compromise the necessity of the death of Christ on behalf of sinners that we properly demonstrate the true character of God. A “god” who overlooks sin and does not judge it is but an “idol” made up by the imagination of man. The true God must rightly judge every sin ever committed and in the death of Christ, He has done this for everyone who believes.

The Death of Christ Was an Act of Unparalleled Humility

It was an astounding act of humility that the Eternal Son, Creator of the Universe, the Everlasting God, should become a man, born as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem. But He stooped even lower than this. It was even more amazing that in His humility He actually took the place of a servant while He was here on earth. But He stooped even lower than this.  The very depth of His humility was demonstrated when He submitted to death, even the death of the cross. And being found in appea...

Glad Tidings

  Glad Tidings C. H. Mackintosh. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3: 16. There are some passages in Holy Scripture which seem to contain in a line or two, an entire volume of most precious truth. The verse which we have just penned is one of such. It is part of our Lords memorable discourse with Nicodemus, and it embodies, in a condensed form, a very full statement of Gospe...

Three Questions

Undoubtedly this is the day of the questionnaire. Quiz programs were never so prevalent and popular as today. For several years one of the best known programs on the radio was called “Information Please.” It consisted of all sorts of questions being put to a team of experts, and their knowledge tested on a wide variety of subjects, at the expense of the company who sponsored the program. At other quiz programs, huge sums of money and valu able prizes are given away to those who are f...

Calvary

Thirty miles to the west of our home in York, PA is the town of Gettysburg. On the west side of this small town lies the well-known battlefield. On July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 1863 nearly 50,000 young men were wounded or killed there. It was a critical battle and a turning point in the American Civil War.Calvary too was a critical battle, no doubt the most important in all of human history. It was the critical point in God's redemptive plan. God's plan for redeeming lost souls was based on what wa...
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