Jesus on the cross

Matthew 27:35

Treated like a thief, bandit or a common criminal, battered and molested, our Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour and Messiah, was crucified on the Calvary, left bleeding on the cross, and died for my sins.  To declare me as a believer, free from sin, therefore to live a life everlasting.  On the cross the Lord lost his glory. 

He was blamed for doing no wrong.  He never sinned.  His death brought sorrow to his family and those who loved him like his disciples.  At that particular time, none of them realized the importance of him to die in such a manner.  Sorrowful I am for his suffering, but I rejoice for saving my soul.  My duty now, is to believe in  him, as the Son of God, who lived with us and died on the cross because of my sins to save me from torment forever.  I really appreciate.

Jesus Christ was born of Joseph and Mary as his earthly parents, in Bethlehem.  Jesus was called also as son of David and Abraham.  Because his parents were of Nazareth, he was therefore Nazarene.  He was born of Judah ancestral lineage.  Judah was the son of Jacob, called Israel, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Some of the ancestors of Jesus Christ were: Perez was the father of Hezron; and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram was the father of Amninadab; and Amninadab was the father of Nahshon and Nahshon was the father of Salmon and Salmon was the father of Boaz and Boaz the father of Obed; and Obed the father of Jesse and Jesse the father of David (King David).

After so many generations, came Mattan who was the father of Jacob and Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary who gave birth to Jesus Christ, who is called the Messiah (Ruth 4:18-22) and (Mathew 1: 1-17).

All the gentlemen mentioned above, including King David and his son King Solomon, all came from Bethlehem as their home town.  Bethlehem was a small town but with very big names, so blessed a town, one would think the Holy Spirit or was it the Spirit of God never left Bethlehem even for a minute.

The birth of Jesus Christ was long before announced in the Old Testament (Isaiah 9: 6-7) and in Zechariah 9:9.  It is in the book of Isaiah that the name Wonderful Counselor as related to Jesus Christ is mentioned.  While on earth, our Lord Jesus Christ was called by several names.

Among them were: Emmanuel (Mathew 1:23) which is interpreted as “God with us”.  It therefore means that our Lord Christ Jesus was among his people, born in flesh (John 1:14) here there is no controversy as to whether Jesus Christ is God the Son; it is simply to have spiritual understanding, and not to use a human mind.

Some people called our Lord Christ Jesus as Teacher (John 3:2).  Others called him Master (Mathew 12:38).  Jesus Christ who is our Lord, called oneself as son of man – Luke 22: 48.  Others called him Son of David (Mathew 19:22).  Christ Jesus called the Messiah (Mathew 1:!6).  meaning the one anointed by God to deliver his people and establish his kingdom (Redeemer).  Also called Saviour (1st John 4:14) meaning, the one who rescues or removes from danger.  Some people called him Son of God (Matthew  14:33).

Here the Bible says “Then the disciples worshipped him” You are really are the Son of God” they exclaimed.  In the book of Rev. 19:16 the Lord Christ Jesus is called King of Kings as Lord of Lords.  John the Baptist called him the “Lamb of God” John 1:29.  In Hebrews 3:1, our Lord Christ Jesus is called the High Priest.

Christ Jesus, our Saviour and Messiah, left the heavens to come to live among men, born of Mary of Nazareth for the following reason.  “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and arisen after three days to live his life as a ransom for many”.  (Mark 10:45).  In Christian fraternity, greatness is not measured by the amount of wealth a person has amassed in life, but rather by the efforts made in life to serve others.  And this is what our Lord Jesus Christ came to demonstrate while on earth.  So that all those who believed in him, should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

The example demonstrated by Christ Jesus was ably emulated by people like St. Paul, St Peter, Stephen, Tabitha (Dorcas) and many others of Biblical days.  Many believers of each generation after the death of our Lord Christ Jesus on the cross, continue to emulate the same example, and in their own way or right qualify to be called truly the servants of God.  They have truly and faithfully continued to serve their God.

This they do by passionately and cheerfully obey God’s commands to serve their God without complaining, no matter how harsh the challenges they may be facing on the way, for as long as the Holy Spirit is upon them (Isaiah 61:!).  to the anointed, their desire is to please their Lord God Almighty, by faith, since they realize that without faith they cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6) when we serve God, we also serve humanity, in the book of 1st Peter 5:2 an emphasis on the importance of serving other people is made thus “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you.  Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly, not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God”.

The attitude of a person who serves others is that of humbleness, obedience, patience, endurance and above all, the ability to show loving kindness to all, regardless of their status quo in society.  Such the anointed, must ensure that the poorest of the poor in society are dutifully and adequately served.  This is truly living for Christ Jesus and his Father Lord, God Almighty Jehovah Jireh.

The teachings and pronouncements of Christ Jesus are the Doctrine of the church.  All churches whose leader and head is Christ Jesus must preach the Word, who is Christ Jesus, the Son of God, called Messiah and Saviour of the entire humanity.  The distinctive three activities of Christ while on earth in Matthew 4 v 23. Which says “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases among the people”  Involved in the healing was also restoration of life.  He ordered life to come back to those who had lost their dear life.  The dead came back to life.  Like bringing Lazarous back to life.  John 11:1 – 45 and many more.

Teachings and pronouncements made by our Lord Christ Jesus are the anchor of the Christian Religion.  Preachings like the Sermon on the Mountain Matthew 5:1 – 11, “Love thou God with all thou mighty” and “Love your neighbor as thy self”, “Love one another”, “I am the bread of life”; “If you have seen me, you have seen my father”, “Whatever you will ask in my name it shall be given” He also taught and preached in parables, this is a brief native story told with earthly relation or likeness to illustrate a spiritual truth.  Among were that of the sower (Matthew 13:18).  The lost coin (Luke 15: 8-10) The lost son (Luke 15: 11-32) The rich fool (Luke 12: 16-21) and many others.

Christ Jesus our Lord Son of God and Saviour also performed a lot of other miracles while on earth.  Among them were: five thousand people were fed:

John 6: 5-14, Calming the storm Mark 4: 35-41

False accusations caused our Lord Jesus Christ to die on the cross.  Those who hated him, never believed that he came from heaven and that his Father is our Lord God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, what is seen and what is not seen.  They could not believe because they claimed that they knew his father as Joseph and his mother Mary, both of Nazareth.  To them, it was blasphemy to claim that he came from God, who was also their God.

They were not so happy that Christ Jesus, when healing some people, he was saying that their sins were forgiven.  That was too much a statement for them to swallow.  Their claim was that only God had the power to forgive sin.  What eluded them was what is written in John 1:14.  “So the Word became human and made his home among us.

He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  And we have seen his glory, the glory which he received  as the Father’s only son”. As far as they were concerned nothing good could come from Nazareth.

Before Jesus was crucified, he was tortured for my sin and wrong doing, when he, himself, was free of sin and any kind of wrong doing.  While on the cross, one criminal found salvation.

Luke 23: 41-43.He died on the cross because of my sin and was made to walk through death, and three days later he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that I, a sinner, believing him, shall never die and perish, but instead have everlasting life.  So that even if I seem to be dead in the presence of humans, actually I am alive in Christ Jesus.

This is salvation for me forever and ever.  This is the reason Christ Jesus was born and died on the cross, to bring salvation to the sinful world.

The many accomplishments of Jesus dying on the cross were:

Substituted for sin:  Died in the place of many sinners Matthew 20: 28, Mark 10: 45, Galatians 5: 21 and 1st Peter 3-15.

Provided Redemption from sin:  That is he paid for our sins and died for our sins.  Matthew 13:44; 1st Timothy 2:6; Hebrews 9:12; Titus 2:14.

His death effected Reconciliation:  When we believe in God and His Son Christ Jesus, we become members of the family of God, because our former is gone.  We are anew in Christ 2nd Corith. 5:19.

Christ’s death provided propitiation:  This is to appease or satisfy our God.  This is necessary because the Lord God Almighty was angry with us, because of our sins.  Mark 4: 14-21, Romans 1:18, Ephesians 5: 6 and Romans 3:25.

Christ’s death judged the sin nature of man:  Our Baptism involves sharing His death so that we are dead to sin.  By Christ’s death, believers were separated from death.  Romans 6: 1-10

Glory to the Most High for giving up his life on the cross so that I can live forevermore Amen

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