Suffering Unto Death
Luke 23:44-46**. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent (split) in the midst (top to bottom). And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said.FATHER, INTO THY HANDS I COMMEND MY SPIRIT: And having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (He breathed his last breath). See Psalm 31:5.
FATHER, INTO THY HANDS I COMMEND MY SPIRIT. Of the seven times our Lord Jesus spoke while shedding his blood as the Passover Lamb of God, this was number seven and His last important saying. This saying indicated that He had complete trust in His Father who sustained him in triumph as he suffered. Christ Jesus knew His Father would restore his life fully in three days and three nights as previously indicated by Christ in the ministry of the Prophet Jonah in Nineveh about 800 before. This final statement as He breathed his last breath indicated that He had truly overcome the world. The cross is the heart of our Godís offer of forgiveness for those that embrace it. The cross is available to all who are willing to return to God from being selfish with their wickedness and sin.
Matthew 27:46-54**Please read to discover the six miracles that occurred by the time Christ Jesus breathed his last breath. 1. Darkness at noon (Amos 8:10), symbolizes the immense and inconceivable anguish hidden from view of man. 2. Tearing of temple curtain which opened the holy of holies for the entire world to speak and fellowship directly with our Heavenly Father instead of being hid behind a veil where only one high priest was allowed to fellowship with God. This ripping of the curtain from top to bottom happened at 3 Pm, precisely the time for the Passover sacrifice requiring the presence of the entire temple priests. 3. The miraculous earthquake happened at the instant of Christís final great shout of victory and His death. (This Signified victory over death). 4. The Miracle of opened graves clearly symbolized there is life after death as the bodies of many holy people (Godís children) were revived to life. Only the Messiah, Christ Jesus was to be raised (resurrected) in three days for eternal life, not just revived to die again. (1 Corinthians 15h chapter). 5. After the resurrection of Jesus, the revived from Calvary Cemetery went into Jerusalem, and appeared with many people. 6. John 20:6-8**. The undisturbed grave clothes with His head covering neatly folded nearby. As this was the custom of the master of a household at dinner to neatly fold his napkin indicating to his guests he would be returning from his departure from the table and guests for dessert, rewards, etc.
Luke 23:34**Then said Jesus, FATHER, FORGIVE THEM; FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO. And they parted his raiment and cast lots. This was the first saying of Jesus after being hung on the tree between two criminals. Jesus knew the Romans, religious leaders and multitudes were killing an innocent man (Christ). Jesus most likely continually prayed, asking His Father to forgive their misguided sin of premeditated murder. The love of our savior was expressed even while he suffered an agonizing death.
Luke 23:43**And Jesus said unto him, VERILY I SAY UNTO THEE, TODAY SHALL THOU BE WITH ME IN PARADISE. This second saying of Jesus as one of the criminals continued to blaspheme, along with many others, the second criminal acknowledged his need to fear God in light of his condemned state, which he considered to be just. His repentance as he died allowed him to win the race for everlasting life in paradise.
John 19:26-27**When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, who he loved, he saith unto his mother, WOMAN BEHOLD THY SON! Then saith he to the disciple, BEHOLD THY MOTHER! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. **The stress of a mother watching her son die in agony had to be overwhelming. Yet Jesus still reached out to provide comfort as he told his disciple she was also his mother and needed comfort in her bereavement and anguish.
Mark 15:34**.And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Psalm 22:1 & Matthew 27:46) **The anguish of Father God looked away as his beloved son hung on the tree while taking the wicked sins of the elect of the world on his shoulders since creation. Since our Heavenly Father is holy, He cannot bear wickedness, transgressions and disobedience, He surely turned away with immense anguish and distress.
John 19:28**. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I THIRST. (Psalm 22:15-16). ** Knowing that all things had been accomplished for redeeming his elect and which pleased Father God, Jesus now badly dehydrated from the scorching sun and draining of life giving blood acknowledged his thirst.
John 19:30**. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,IT IS FINISHED: and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost. **This was not a cry of desolation or resignation, but an announcement of triumph. Our loving Heavenly Father Himself was working and demonstrating his love for us, revealing his will and testament for our lives. Jesusí shedding of blood as the Passover lamb of God is our basis of security and confidence that God now assures the salvation of all who love him by keeping His commandments. (John 14:15)** Romans 5:11**. . And not only so, but we also Joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.