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6.14 JESUS IN A PIT
They brought JESUS first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the high priest that year and Annas was a retired high priest. Annas lived in the palace of Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people. He prophesied that JESUS would die for the Jewish nation and would reach the Gentiles.
“And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that JESUS should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also HE should gather together in one the children of GOD that were scattered abroad.”
St. John 11:49-52
‘Expedient’ means ‘advantageous or good’.
Now near the palace of Caiaphas, there was a deep and dark pit for the criminals. They dropped JESUS, bound, into that pit and shut HIM up there.
“Thou hast laid ME in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. Thy wrath lieth hard upon ME, and Thou hast afflicted ME with all Thy waves. Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from ME; Thou hast made ME an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.”
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in a most miserable condition inside the deep and dark pit. HE was so tired and weary. HE was so hungry and thirsty. HE was in a very pathetic and pitiable condition.
6.15 SEVEN UNJUST TRIALS
Then, they took JESUS out of that deep and dark pit, and brought HIM, bound, before Annas, the retired high priest for the first unjust trial against HIM (St. John 18:12-14, 19-23). The retired high priests were also called the high priests. Annas, the retired high priest was a very old man; he was a very venomous old man. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, entirely guiltless and pure was standing, bound, before that very venomous old man. What a pitiable thing it is!
Again, Annas the retired high priest had no power to try the accused. The Council or the Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish Judicial body or the Jewish Supreme Court had the power to try the accused. Hence, Annas' trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST was entirely against the law.
Further, during trial, the accused should not be bound, the accused should be given freedom to argue and present his case, and the trial should not be conducted during night-time. But, they did each and everything against the law.
Annas held the first unjust trial against JESUS unjustly and unlawfully during night-time. Annas questioned our LORD JESUS CHRIST about HIS disciples and HIS teaching, to condemn HIM to death. Our LORD JESUS answered him,
“I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou ME? ask them
which heard ME, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.”
St. John 18:20-21
When our LORD JESUS had thus spoken, one of the officials or one of the servants of the retired high priest, standing nearby, struck HIM in the face strongly with the palm of his hand, and asked, "Is this the way you answer the high priest?" Our faultless and entirely guiltless holy LORD JESUS had subjected HIMSELF to receiving severe blows for us. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST had not been given freedom to argue or explain HIS standpoint and HE had not been given proper opportunity to argue or present HIS case. These were strictly against the law. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST had been struck during the trial. It was also contrary to the law. Again, the trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST was conducted during night-time. It was also undoubtedly in violation of the law.
Then, our LORD JESUS asked the servant of the retired high priest,
“If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou ME?”
St. John 18:23
Now, the servant could not answer the question of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and no one could answer the question of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST had not spoken any evil or done any wrong. So, they could not bear witness of any evil or wrong against our LORD JESUS CHRIST. No one can prove HIM guilty of sin. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“Which of you convinceth (convicts) ME of sin? ...”
St. John 8:46
Annas found JESUS not guilty. And no one found HIM guilty. But, Annas unjustly and unlawfully tried our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST during night-time and our LORD JESUS was unjustly struck in the face during the trial. Binding the accused during the trial was strictly against the law; striking the accused during the trial was strictly against the law; conducting the trial during night-time was strictly against the law; and not giving freedom to argue or explain the standpoint of the accused was strictly against the law. Hence, Annas conducted the first unjust trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST fully against the law.
After that, Annas sent our LORD JESUS CHRIST, still bound, to Caiaphas the high priest for the second unjust trial, to pronounce death sentence on our LORD JESUS CHRIST by night (St. John 18:24). Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas. Caiaphas, the high priest that year, had prophesied that JESUS would die for the Jews and for the Gentiles. He said,
“Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient (good) for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that JESUS should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also HE should gather together in one the children of GOD that were scattered abroad.”
St. John 11:49-52
Now, Caiaphas was a venomous tricky plotting high priest. He was a venomous tricky plotter. He was plotting with his men, to kill our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, entirely guiltless and pure was standing, bound, before that venomous tricky plotter. What a pitiable thing it is!
Again, Caiaphas, the high priest had no independent power to try the accused; he should not try the accused in his palace; he should not try the accused during night-time; and he should unbind the accused during the trial. But, he tried our LORD JESUS CHRIST independently in his palace, during night-time and he did not unbind our LORD JESUS CHRIST during the trial. Thus, his trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST was entirely against the law.
Further, Caiaphas' independent trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST was entirely against the law, since he had no independent authority to try the accused. Even though, Caiaphas was the head of the Council or the Sanhedrin or the Jewish Supreme Court, he was empowered neither to pronounce any sentence nor to carry out a death sentence. Furthermore, even the Council or the Sanhedrin or the Jewish Supreme Court had no power to carry out a death sentence. Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor alone had the authority to carry out a death sentence.
Caiaphas, the high priest, held the second unjust trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST, but he also found no guilt in JESUS. And no one found any guilt in JESUS. Hence, the second unjust trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST, conducted by Caiaphas was fully against the law.
In the meantime, Caiaphas, the head of the Council or the Sanhedrin sent his men to call for the elders of the Council or the Sanhedrin. There were seventy-two councilors. Elders of the Council or the Sanhedrin were considered as judges of the Jewish Supreme Court. Only a few elders of the Council or the Sanhedrin, and the chief priests and scribes assembled there.
Then, our LORD JESUS CHRIST was brought before the Council of elders or the Sanhedrin, in the palace of Caiaphas, still bound, for the third unjust trial during night-time, to pronounce death sentence on HIM by night. Binding the accused during the trial was strictly against the law.
Now, the Council or the Sanhedrin should not assemble during the night, but they assembled during night. The Sanhedrin should not assemble in the palace of the high priest, but they assembled in the palace of the high priest. The Sanhedrin should always assemble in the public hall specifically designed for their assemblage. But they did not assemble in the public hall intended for their assemblage. The Sanhedrin should not assemble without a minimum number of one-third councilors. That is, there must be present a minimum number of twenty-four councilors. But they assembled without a minimum number of one-third councilors. Of the one-third councilors present, above two thirds must vote for giving a punishment. That is, out of the minimum number of twenty-four councilors, seventeen must vote for giving a punishment. This punishment should not be confirmed on the basis of the initial trial. But, the case should come up for trial once again before confirming the punishment. The Sanhedrin, not at all followed these rules and regulations, in the trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST. What a terrible miscarriage of justice it is!
The third unjust trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST was held by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court, entirely against the law and entirely against the rules and regulations of the Sanhedrin. The Sanhedrin decided that our LORD JESUS CHRIST deserved death. Their decision was against the law. Their decision was against the rules and regulations of the Sanhedrin. They found no guilt in JESUS. And no one found any guilt in JESUS. But, they confirmed that our LORD JESUS CHRIST deserved death. So they pronounced death sentence against our LORD JESUS CHRIST. What an unlawful and unjust act it is!
First of all, the chief priests and the Council of elders or the Sanhedrin sought false witnesses against our LORD JESUS CHRIST, to put HIM to death, but they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward.
“Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against JESUS, to put HIM to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of GOD, and to build it in three days.”
St. Matthew 26:59-61
Then Caiaphas, the high priest rose up and said to our LORD JESUS CHRIST,
“Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?”
St. Matthew 26:62
But our LORD JESUS CHRIST kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to our LORD JESUS CHRIST,
“I adjure thee by the living GOD, that thou tell us whether thou be the CHRIST, the Son of GOD.”
St. Matthew 26:63
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST said to the high priest,
“Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
St. Matthew 26:64
‘Thou hast said’ means ‘It is as you said’.
Then the high priest rent (tore) his clothes, and said,
“HE hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard HIS blasphemy. What think ye?...”
St. Matthew 26:65-66
And they answered and said,
“HE is guilty of death.”
St. Matthew 26:66
The third unjust trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST ended with the charge of blasphemy. But our LORD JESUS had not blasphemed. What HE declared was the truth and nothing but the truth. But they had not accepted HIS truth. So, they concluded that our LORD JESUS CHRIST was guilty of blasphemy, which deserved punishment with death. HE deserved no death, but they pronounced death sentence on our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST by night. What a cruel act it is! What an unlawful and unjust act it is!
Thus, the third unjust trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST was conducted by the Sanhedrin, fully against the law and fully against the rules and regulations of the Sanhedrin.
The high priest should never tear his clothes because of anything. But Caiaphas, the high priest tore his clothes against the law. This action of Caiaphas, the high priest referred to the end of his ministry and his priesthood. This action of the high priest referred to the end of the Old Testament priesthood, and it referred to the end of the Old Testament ministry.
Then they began to inflict great insults, injuries, and pain on our LORD JESUS CHRIST. They blindfolded HIM. They spat in HIS face. They slapped HIM. They struck HIM with their fists. They struck HIM in the face. They blasphemously spoke against HIM.
“Then did they spit in HIS face, and buffeted (beat) HIM; and others smote HIM with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou CHRIST, Who is he that smote thee?” St. Matthew 26:67-68
“And the men that held JESUS mocked HIM, and smote HIM. And when they had blindfolded HIM, they struck HIM on the face, and asked HIM, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote (struck) thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against HIM.” St. Luke 22:63-65
By this time, our LORD JESUS CHRIST was very weary and tired; HE was extremely thirsty and hungry as well; HE was too tired to walk and was totally exhausted. What a pitiful thing it is!
For the fourth unjust trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Sanhedrin assembled in the public hall, noted for their assemblage, to satisfy the Roman governor. Caiaphas, the head of the Sanhedrin and a few councilors were seated there to pronounce a death sentence against our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST again and to confirm HIS death sentence.
Early in the morning, they assembled there to satisfy Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was brought before the Sanhedrin again. At that time, they deceitfully loosened up the knots on our LORD JESUS to mislead the people and to convince them that they were trying HIM honestly and in accordance with the
regulations. By this deceitful act, they cheated the people. But, two mighty soldiers stood on both sides of our LORD JESUS and pressed against HIM closely and firmly causing hardship, pain and agony to HIM. By this time, our LORD JESUS CHRIST was very tired and weary; HE was extremely hungry and thirsty as well; HE was too tired to walk and was totally exhausted; HE was too tired to stand and was completely exhausted. What a pitiful thing it is!
At daybreak, the elders of the Council or the Sanhedrin asked our LORD JESUS,
“Art thou the CHRIST (MESSIAH)? tell us.”
St. Luke 22:67
The elders of the Council were seeking further admission that could be a charge of blasphemy. During the previous unjust trial, Caiaphas had already sought an admission that could be the foundation of a charge of blasphemy. There Caiaphas, the high priest had already adjured HIM by the living GOD.
And our LORD JESUS said to them,
“If I tell you, ye will not believe: And if I also ask you, ye will not answer ME, nor let ME go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of GOD.”
St. Luke 22:67-69
‘The Son of man’ means ‘the LORD JESUS CHRIST’.
Then they all asked HIM,
“Art thou then the Son of GOD?”
St. Luke 22:70
And our LORD JESUS replied to them,
“Ye say that I am.”
St. Luke 22:70
This means that you rightly say that I am the Son of GOD.
Then they said,
“What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of HIS own mouth.”
St. Luke 22:71
In the fourth unjust trial, the elders of the Council or the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court confirmed their previous unfair decision. There they had already come to the decision to put JESUS to death and pronounced a verdict of guilty to put HIM to death. After confirming a death sentence against our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST, they bound HIM again strongly.
As per the rules and regulations of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court there should be, present a minimum number of twenty-four councilors But the required number of councilors were not present. Very few councilors were present. So their decision against our LORD JESUS CHRIST was entirely against the law, and entirely against the rules and regulations of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court.
Again, on the basis of the first day trial, no one should be punished. To pronounce a verdict against the accused and to give a punishment, the Sanhedrin should try the accused once again on another day. But, they had not tried our LORD JESUS on another day. So, their decision against our LORD JESUS CHRIST was entirely against the law, and entirely against the rules and regulations of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court. They wanted to kill our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST at once. They were determined to kill our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST at any cost and at all costs.
Now, the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court could pronounce a verdict on a religious offence, but they could not carry out a death sentence. The Roman governor alone could carry out a death sentence.
Further, these four unjust trials against our LORD JESUS CHRIST were held on the basis that JESUS was trying to subvert the holy scriptures. But our LORD JESUS had never subverted the holy scriptures. And our LORD JESUS was condemned for blasphemy, that was, for supposedly elevating HIMSELF to the divine status of GOD. But our LORD JESUS had never blasphemed. HE always told the divine truth about HIMSELF. HE is truthful always.
Again, the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court tried to show that our LORD JESUS CHRIST was guilty of religious crime. But our LORD JESUS CHRIST had not committed any religious crime. HE was entirely guiltless and holy. So HE was not guilty of religious crime.
For the fifth unjust trial against our LORD JESUS CHRIST, they brought HIM, bound, before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. Our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST was standing before Pilate. Pilate was a dishonest governor and a cowardly judge.
Since the Jews clearly knew that Pilate would not consider any religious crime and that he would not be impressed by a charge of blasphemy against GOD, they tried to show that our LORD JESUS was guilty of political crime against Rome, viz., the Roman emperor, Caesar.
Now, Pilate's only concern was whether or not JESUS had incited rebellion against Rome. But our LORD JESUS' answers clearly proved to him that HE had not incited any rebellion against Rome. Thus, Pilate found no fault or guilt in JESUS. When Pilate asked for the accusation, he clearly realized that JESUS had been delivered to him
because of their jealousy. But Pilate did not acquit our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
When Pilate saw our LORD JESUS CHRIST, HIS divine appearance and HIS divine brilliance had a tremendous impact on him and made Pilate feel that HE was not at all guilty. But the whole multitude brought false accusations against our LORD JESUS. To avoid ceremonial defilement, the Jews did not enter the palace of Pilate, the Gentile. To avoid ceremonial defilement, they stood outside the palace of Pilate; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. But they were willing to commit murder. They could not understand that the defilement caused by murdering innocent blood would bring hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. Then Pilate went out to them and asked,
“What accusation bring ye against this MAN?”
St. John 18:29
They answered and said to Pilate,
“If HE were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered HIM up unto thee.”
St. John 18:30
‘Malefactor’ means ‘evildoer’.
When Pilate asked for the accusation, they admitted that there was none deserving of death by Roman law.
Then Pilate said to them,
“Take ye HIM, and judge HIM according to your law.”
St. John 18:31
And the Jews said to Pilate,
“It is not lawful for us to put any man to death.”
St. John 18:31
This is a fulfilment of St. John 12:32, the saying of our LORD JESUS CHRIST about HIS death, signifying by what death HE would die. If the Romans, rather than the Jews, had slain HIM, it would have been by crucifixion.
“And I, if I be lifted (crucified) up from the earth, will draw all men unto ME.”
St. John 12:32
Now, Pilate clearly realized and was totally convinced that JESUS had been delivered to him because of their utter jealousy and uncontrollable passion and anger. Pilate looked at the guiltless and calm and serene face of our LORD JESUS. But, he could not find anything, blamable, reprovable, or reproachable either in HIS appearance or expression on the most holy and divine face of our LORD JESUS or in HIS statements. Pilate found no guilt in JESUS and no one could ever find any guilt in JESUS. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Then the Jews brought three false accusations against our LORD JESUS CHRIST. They were:
(1) HE was subverting the nation. (2) HE was opposing the payment of taxes to Caesar.
(3) HE continued to claim that HE HIMSELF was CHRIST, a King.
“And they began to accuse HIM, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that HE HIMSELF is CHRIST a King.”
St. Luke 23:2
Pilate very well knew that the Jews never liked the rule of a Gentile ruler, like Caesar, the Roman emperor. He also knew that the Jews never liked the payment of taxes to Caesar. Further, he knew that due to these two reasons, the Jews were subverting their nation. Therefore, he concluded that these three accusations against our LORD JESUS CHRIST were false accusations.
Now, our LORD JESUS CHRIST made no reply to these three false accusations.
“And when HE was accused of the chief priests and elders, HE answered nothing.”
St. Matthew 27:12
Then Pilate said to our LORD JESUS,
“Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?”
St. Matthew 27:13
But our LORD JESUS CHRIST made no reply, so Pilate was astonished greatly.
“And HE answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.”
St. Matthew 27:14
To know the actual truth, Pilate called and enquired our LORD JESUS secretly. He asked our LORD JESUS,
“Art thou the King of the Jews?”
St. John 18:33
Our LORD JESUS answered him,
“Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of ME?”
St. John 18:34
Then Pilate answered to HIM proudly,
“Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?”
St. John 18:35
Now, our LORD JESUS CHRIST did not answer his proud and haughty question. But HE talked about HIS great magnificence and about HIS greatly magnificent heavenly kingdom, the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of GOD.
“JESUS answered, MY kingdom is not of this world: if MY kingdom were of this world, then would MY servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is MY kingdom not from hence.”
St. John 18:36
Pilate again asked our LORD JESUS,
“Art thou a king then?”
St. John 18:37
Our LORD JESUS answered and said to him,
“Thou sayest (rightly) that I am a King. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth MY voice.”
St. John 18:37
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the KING of kings. HE is the heavenly King. HE is the only King from heaven.
Then Pilate asked our LORD JESUS,
“What is truth?”
St. John 18:38
But, before hearing the answer to his question, Pilate went out and said to the Jews,
“I find in HIM no fault at all.”
St. John 18:38
Pilate again said to the chief priests and the multitude,
“I find no fault in this MAN.”
St. Luke 23:4
Pilate found no fault or guilt in JESUS. But he did not acquit our LORD JESUS. Pilate wanted to please and satisfy the chief priests and the elders and the multitude, since he was a dishonest governor and judge.
When the chief priests and the elders saw that their accusations were quashed away by Pilate, they became desperate. So, they said to Pilate fiercely,
“HE stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry (Judaea), beginning from Galilee to this place.”
St. Luke 23:5
The enemies falsely insisted that our LORD JESUS stirred up the people all over Judaea by HIS teaching. HE started in Galilee and had come all the way here. On hearing this, Pilate asked if JESUS was a Galilaean. When he learned that JESUS was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent HIM to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
Now, John the Baptist challenged the legitimacy of Herod's divorce and incestuous remarriage. So, Herod had arrested John. Then he beheaded John, as the result of a plot by Herodias, a guilty and vindictive woman. Herodias was an illegal wife of Herod, the king.
Again, Herod wanted to kill our LORD JESUS CHRIST also. At that time some Pharisees came to JESUS and said to HIM,
“Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.”
St. Luke 13:31
And our LORD JESUS said to them,
“Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected (resurrected).”
St. Luke 13:32
Our LORD JESUS called Herod a fox to depict his sly and cunning character. Herod came to know of what our LORD had said and watched for an opportunity to kill JESUS.
For the sixth unjust trial against JESUS, they brought our LORD JESUS, before Herod, bound. Our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST was standing bound before Herod, the adulterer and murderer. What an abominable sight it is! Herod, the adulterer and the murderer, sitting on his throne, plied JESUS with many questions. But our LORD JESUS gave him no answer. The chief priests and scribes were standing there, vehemently accusing HIM. But, Herod, the king found no fault or guilt in JESUS.
Even though Herod had not found any guilt in JESUS, Herod and his soldiers greatly ridiculed and mocked at JESUS. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST had become an object of great ridicule and mockery. Then they dressed our LORD JESUS CHRIST in a gorgeous robe and sent HIM back to Pilate. Mad or severely mentally ill people were dressed in gorgeous robes in those days. That day Herod, the king and Pilate, the governor became friends-until then they had been enemies.
“Then he questioned with HIM in many words; but HE answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused HIM. And Herod with his men of war set HIM at nought, and mocked HIM, and arrayed HIM in a gorgeous robe, and sent HIM again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.”
St. Luke 23:9-12
For the seventh or the final unjust trial against JESUS, our LORD JESUS was again brought before Pilate, bound. Our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST stood, bound, before Pilate, the dishonest and unjust and cowardly governor and judge.
Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people and said to them that he had examined JESUS in their presence and that JESUS had not incited the people to rebellion and that he had found no basis for their charges against HIM and Herod also had found no basis for their charges against HIM and that HE had done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, he would punish HIM and then release HIM. Despite the efforts of our LORD JESUS CHRIST's enemies, Pilate found JESUS innocent of any capital political offence. Pilate said to them,
“Ye have brought this MAN unto me, as one that perverteth (misleads) the people: and, behold, I, having examined HIM before you, have found no fault in this MAN touching those things whereof ye accuse HIM: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto HIM. I will therefore chastise HIM, and release HIM.”
St. Luke 23:14-16
Even though our LORD JESUS CHRIST was proved entirely guiltless and pure, Pilate did not acquit JESUS and hence JESUS was not set free. Pilate wanted to satisfy the chief priests and the rulers and the people, since he was a dishonest and unjust and cowardly judge.
When the chief priests and the rulers and the people heard the words of Pilate that "he would punish HIM and then release HIM", they realized that Pilate was not a righteous judge and that he was a dishonest and unjust and cowardly judge. So they vehemently
opposed the words of Pilate with one voice. Pilate knew it was out of envy that they had handed JESUS over to him.
Now, in the mind of Pilate, a thought rose suddenly. It was the governor's custom, at the feast of Passover, to release a prisoner whom the people requested. By this custom, Pilate wanted to release our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Pilate thought that if he asked, which one did they want him to release to them, they may tell some other name. So he took a plan and asked them,
“Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or JESUS which is called CHRIST?”
St. Matthew 27:17
Now, Barabbas was a notorious criminal. He was hated very much by the Jews. He was a robber and a murderer. He had committed murder during an insurrection. He had been thrown into prison for sedition or insurrection (making people oppose the authority of the government) and murder. Again, Barabbas was guilty of high-treasonous acts. So Pilate had hoped to free JESUS by offering the release of one of them. Pilate thought that the people would never ask to release Barabbas and that they would certainly ask to release JESUS. This question of Pilate was quite an unexpected question to the chief priests and the rulers and the people. So they made counsel with one another.
While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat in the judgment hall, his wife sent him this message through her messenger:
“Have thou nothing to do with that just MAN: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of HIM.”
St. Matthew 27:19
Again, from the message of Pilate's wife, Pilate came to know clearly that our LORD JESUS CHRIST was righteous and HE was not guilty. In the meantime, the chief priests and the elders persuaded the people to ask for Barabbas and to have JESUS executed. There was a great shouting and clamour. So Pilate sent his wife's messenger and he did not adhere to the righteous words of his wife.
Again, Pilate asked them,
“Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?”
St. Matthew 27:21
St. Matthew 27:21
Thus, the plan of Pilate was thwarted, he got angry. Since he already knew it was out of envy that they had handed JESUS over to him, he angrily asked them,
“Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?”
St. Mark 15:9
The chief priests and the elders continuously persuaded the people to ask for the release of Barabbas. But Pilate was willing to release JESUS and asked them,
“What shall I do then with JESUS which is called CHRIST?”
St. Matthew 27:22
They all answered to Pilate,
“Let HIM be crucified.”
St. Matthew 27:22
This was the first time that they were talking about crucifixion of JESUS. Now Pilate very well understood their plot to kill JESUS by crucifixion. Since he found no guilt in JESUS, he asked them,
“Why, what evil hath HE done?”
St. Matthew 27:23
But they shouted all the louder,
“Let HIM be crucified.”
St. Matthew 27:23
Pilate again said to the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
“Why, what evil hath HE done? I have found no cause of death in HIM: I will therefore chastise HIM, and let HIM go.”
St. Luke 23:22
Pilate punished our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST very severely. He therefore took JESUS and scourged HIM (whipped HIM with Roman scourges). The governor's soldiers took JESUS into the common hall (praetorium) or governor's quarters and gathered the whole company of soldiers round HIM. They took off HIS own clothes from HIS most holy body and they tied HIM on a stone pillar and scourged HIM.
Six Roman soldiers scourged HIM. Firstly, two Roman soldiers scourged HIM. When they got tired, another two soldiers scourged HIM. When they also got tired, the remaining two soldiers scourged HIM. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST's most holy body was plowed and HIS most holy blood was flowing out. So HE felt unconscious and fell on HIS most holy blood. What a terrible scene it is!
Pilate scourged JESUS in the hope that a severe beating would appease the Jews, but this very severe beating did not appease the Jews. The scourging was a whipping with a leather whip with sharp pieces of bone and metal embedded in its thongs.
“Then Pilate therefore took JESUS, and scourged HIM.”
St. John 19:1
“The plowers plowed upon MY back: they made long their furrows.”
“I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.”
"MY cheeks to them that plucked off the hair" refers to the plucking out of HIS most holy beard. Beard is a symbol of sages and hermits. Beard is a symbol of celibates.
After severely scourging HIM, they untied HIM from the stone pillar and clothed HIM in a scarlet (purple) robe. They mocked HIS claim to be King of the Jews by clothing HIM with a scarlet robe. This scarlet robe clung to the wounds of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. The soldiers also plaited or twisted together a crown of seventy-two iron thorns, and put it on HIS most holy head and struck HIM on HIS most holy head and cheek by a bamboo rod. So this iron crown was pressed on HIS most holy head without any shake. So, HIS most holy blood was flowing out from HIS most holy head. They also struck HIM with their hands. They spat in HIS most holy face. They plucked out HIS most holy beard. So, HIS most holy blood was oozing from HIS most holy face. What a pitiful thing it is!
“...They shall smite the Judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.”
Thorns are a symbol of the curse due to the sin of mankind (Genesis 3:17-18). HE bore the curse of mankind on HIS most holy head. On the cross our LORD JESUS CHRIST became a curse for us (Galatians 3:13), to deliver us from the curse.
They put a reed (staff) in HIS right hand, and knelt in front of HIM and mocked at HIM. The scarlet robe for a royal apparel, the crown of thorns for a royal crown and the reed for a scepter of righteousness added to their mockery. They spat on HIM, and took the reed and struck HIM on the head again and again. What a pitiful thing it is!
“Then the soldiers of the governor took JESUS into the common hall, and gathered unto HIM the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped HIM, and put on HIM a scarlet robe. And when they had plaited 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! And they spit upon HIM, and took the reed, and smote HIM on the head.”
St. Matthew 27:27-30
“And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on HIS head, and they put on HIM a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote HIM with their hands.”
St. John 19:2-3
Again, Pilate came out and said to the chief priests and elders and the people,
“Behold, I bring HIM forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in HIM.”
St. John 19:4
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them,
“Behold the MAN!”
St. John 19:5
When the chief priests and the Jews saw our LORD JESUS CHRIST, they shouted,
“Crucify HIM, crucify HIM. ...”
St. John 19:6
Pilate answered and said to them,
“Take ye HIM, and crucify HIM: for I find no fault in HIM.”
St. John 19:6
Then the Jews answered to him,
“We have a law, and by our law HE ought to die, because HE made HIMSELF the Son of GOD.”
St. John 19:7
Here the Jews acknowledged the real reason and reiterated why they demanded our LORD JESUS CHRIST's crucifixion. According to their Old Testament law, the accused should be stoned to death and as per the Roman law, the accused should be crucified on the cross. Against their law, the Jews asked Pilate to crucify our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST.
When Pilate heard this, he was very much frightened and he went again into the judgment hall, and asked our LORD JESUS secretly,
“Whence art thou? (Where are you from?)”
St. John 19:9
But our LORD JESUS CHRIST gave him no answer. Firstly, Pilate feared the people. Now he feared our LORD JESUS CHRIST also. When Pilate heard that our LORD JESUS CHRIST was the Son of GOD, he was very much frightened.
Now, Pilate had lost all his opportunities to institute real justice. He was in a very awful condition. In the earlier trial, Pilate was unable to ask and understand, "What is truth?" Now, he was willing to know the Majesty of our Sovereign GOD.
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST gave Pilate no answer, Pilate said to HIM,
“Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?”
St. John 19:10
And our LORD JESUS CHRIST answered him and said,
“Thou couldest have no power at all against ME, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered ME unto thee hath the greater sin.”
St. John 19:11
From then on, Pilate tried to set our LORD JESUS CHRIST free, but the Jews kept shouting,
“If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.”
St. John 19:12
When Pilate heard this, he thought about Caesar, the Roman emperor, who had given him the post of governor, and his present post of governor. He wanted to save his post and not justice. He was a coward. He was a cowardly judge and governor. He was a dishonest and unjust judge and governor. So he was unable to establish justice. So he had fallen.
Then Pilate brought our LORD JESUS CHRIST out and set HIM down on the judge's seat at a place known as the Pavement (which in Hebrew is Gabbatha). It was the day of preparation of the Passover. The day of preparation of the Passover was on Friday.
Then Pilate said to the Jews,
“Behold your King!”
St. John 19:14
But they shouted,
“Away with HIM, away with HIM, crucify HIM. ...”
St. John 19:15
Then Pilate said to the Jews,
“Shall I crucify your King? ...”
St. John 19:15
The chief priests answered and said,
“We have no king but Caesar.”
St. John 19:15
This was said by the chief priests or Sadducees (politicians). They were atheists. But no Pharisee would make such a blasphemous statement, since they knew that GOD alone was their King.
When Pilate saw that he could no longer prevail on them, and that instead, an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the multitude, and said,
“I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.”
St. Matthew 27:24
By washing his hands, Pilate thought that he could escape from our LORD JESUS CHRIST's innocent blood. But he had not escaped. Then he lost his job and he became mad and met a terrible death, by jumping down from the top of a mountain.
Then all the people answered and said to Pilate,
“HIS blood be on us, and on our children.”
St. Matthew 27:25
This answer of the Jews eventually brought the terrible wrath of GOD upon them and upon their children. Encouraged by their willingness to take responsibility for our LORD JESUS CHRIST's death, Pilate delivered HIM to be crucified. Wanting to satisfy the multitude, Pilate released Barabbas to them and he delivered our LORD JESUS CHRIST to be crucified.
“And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered JESUS, when he had scourged HIM, to be crucified.”
St. Mark 15:15
Pilate, the governor was a coward. He was a cowardly judge. He was an insensitive and dishonest judge. So he delivered an unjust judgment against our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST.
6.16 JESUS SENTENCED
“And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that HE might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered JESUS to their will.”
St. Luke 23:23-25
Finally, Pilate delivered our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST to the Jews to be crucified. Then the soldiers took off the clinging scarlet (purple) robe and put HIS own clothes. When taking off the clinging robe, HIS most holy body was again torn and HIS most holy blood was again flowing out. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST became more and more tired and weary. So, HE was too tired to walk; HE was too tired to stand as well.
“...They took the robe off from HIM, and put HIS own raiment on HIM, ...”
St. Matthew 27:31
A heavy wooden cross was given to our LORD JESUS CHRIST to bear. Evidently, the weight of the cross was more than HE could bear due to HIS very severe scourging, and due to HIS very severe hunger and thirst. What an awful thing it is! Our LORD JESUS CHRIST bore HIS own cross and went out to the place of the skull (which in Hebrew is called Golgotha). HE went out to the place of the Skull or Calvary.
“Then delivered he HIM therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took JESUS, and led HIM away. And HE bearing HIS cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.”
St. John 19:16-17
6.17 THE VIA DOLOROSA
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST carried HIS own cross, as was the custom, to the place of a skull or Golgotha or Calvary. That thorny iron crown was on HIS most holy head. HIS pathway to Golgotha or Calvary through Jerusalem has been called the Via Dolorosa, the
sorrowful way. It is the most sorrowful way. It is the most heartbreaking way.
This pathway to Calvary was an unrepaired pathway full of very rough stones and with ditches and trenches. To reach Calvary, our LORD JESUS had to walk about half a mile through this worst stony pathway. While HE was walking bare footed through this worst stony pathway with HIS heavy cross, HIS most holy blood was flowing from HIS most holy feet.
Our LORD JESUS accepted HIS heavy cross on HIS most holy shoulders and walked towards Calvary. Unable to bear HIS heavy cross on HIS most holy shoulders, HE stumbled several times along this worst stony pathway. When unable to bear HIS heavy cross on HIS most holy shoulders, HE was bent towards HIS front and HIS heavy cross was on HIS back and one end of HIS cross touched the floor. Very slowly, HE walked towards Calvary. Now, unable to bear HIS heavy cross, HE fell down on the worst stony pathway with HIS heavy cross on HIS back, and HE was under HIS heavy cross, and HE felt unconscious. At once, the soldiers scourged HIM again. They showed no mercy upon our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Then HE stood up very slowly with HIS heavy cross and started to bear HIS heavy cross again. What a pitiable thing it is! Again, unable to bear HIS heavy cross, HE fell down on the worst stony pathway for the second time with HIS heavy cross on HIS back and HE was under HIS heavy cross, and HE felt unconscious. Now also the soldiers scourged HIM without showing any mercy upon our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Then HE stood up very slowly with HIS heavy cross and started to bear HIS heavy cross again. What a pathetic thing it is!
Again, unable to bear HIS heavy cross, HE fell down on the worst stony pathway for the third time with HIS heavy cross on HIS back and HE was under HIS heavy cross, and HE felt unconscious. Even though HE fell down for our sake on the worst stony pathway three times with the heaviest of the heavy crosses, HE never unclasped the cross from HIS hands. By this time, the soldiers stopped their scourging, since they thought that our LORD JESUS would die if they scourged HIM again. Anyone who had been given a sentence to death by crucifixion must be crucified. So, the soldiers stopped their scourging.
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST fell down on the worst stony pathway for the third time, the soldiers and other people stood around HIM, but no one had touched HIS cross. Touching the cross was a great defilement to the Jews. Touching the cross was a great dishonour to the Romans. But, our LORD JESUS CHRIST wilfully accepted this great defilement and great dishonour for us, the sinners, by bearing HIS cross.
Now, at that time, a black Jew from Cyrene (North Africa) named Simon, was passing by on his way from his country to Jerusalem. Without knowing anything, Simon went and peeped through the crowd. There he saw our LORD JESUS CHRIST with HIS heavy cross on HIS back and HE was under HIS heavy cross. Since Simon was black in colour, they thought that he was a Gentile. So, the soldiers seized him and forced him to carry the cross.
“And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear HIS cross.”
St. Mark 15:21
Unable to escape from the hands of the soldiers, Simon touched the cross, and took up the cross from the back of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Then our LORD JESUS stood up very slowly, and Simon placed the cross very lightly touching on one shoulder of our LORD JESUS and he carried the cross behind JESUS, towards Calvary. Firstly, Simon thought that it was a defilement and very dishonourable thing to him. When he was carrying the cross, he came to know very well that it was the most blissful and blessed thing to him. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was on HIS way to Calvary, carrying HIS heavy cross, HE saw a house of a Jew. That Jew stood in front of his house with his child, to show this awful spectacle to his child. Due to our LORD JESUS CHRIST's great weariness and thirst and hunger and sleeplessness, HE touched the house wall of that Jew for taking a little rest. Immediately, that Jew said to our LORD JESUS that HE should not touch his house wall and HE should not take any rest by touching his house wall and he drove our LORD JESUS. What a pathetic thing it is!
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was on HIS way to Calvary, carrying HIS heavy cross, HE saw HIS mother, the Virgin Mary, crying with tears. But HE had not spoken any word to her. A woman named Veronica was with the Virgin Mary and others. She was also crying with tears. Now, Veronica wanted to do some help to our LORD JESUS. Since she was a woman, she was unable to help HIM. No kith and kin would be allowed to go and comfort any criminal. But, suddenly, Veronica went inside the crowd bravely and knelt down before our LORD JESUS CHRIST and wiped off the dust and blood and spit (saliva) from the most holy face of our LORD JESUS gently, with her handkerchief. This was the help done by her. HIS most holy face full of spit, dust and blood was brighter. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was very near to Calvary, a large number of people including women who followed HIM, mourned and wailed and cried and lamented for HIM very loudly, since they knew that our LORD JESUS was going to die soon and that they were going to lose HIM soon. No kith and kin of the criminal would be allowed to cry. But they should laugh before the elders of the Council and salute them. What a heartless and cruel act it is! When our LORD JESUS CHRIST heard the very loud cry of the women, HE turned and said to them,
“Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for ME, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”
St. Luke 23:28-31
Then our LORD JESUS CHRIST came to the top of Calvary with great difficulty, by climbing over it. There, Simon placed the cross down, for the crucifixion of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
“Where they crucified HIM, ...” St. John 19:18
7. CRUCIFIXION AND AFTER
They brought our LORD JESUS CHRIST to Calvary or Golgotha or the place of the Skull. When our LORD JESUS CHRIST had reached the place where HE was to be crucified, the cross was laid on the rock. Our LORD JESUS was very hungry and HE was very thirsty as well. So, they offered HIM vinegar (sour wine) mixed with gall (myrrh) to drink. This is a fulfilment of Psalm 69:21.
“They gave ME also gall for MY meat; and in MY thirst they gave ME vinegar to drink.”
Vinegar mixed with myrrh would have reduced the feeling of hunger and thirst, but our LORD JESUS did not take it. Vinegar mixed with myrrh would have dulled the pain, but our LORD JESUS did not take it. HE did not want to reduce the feeling of hunger and thirst by any means. HE did not want to dull HIS pain by any means. HE endured all HIS thirst and hunger wilfully for us, the sinners. HE endured all HIS pains wilfully for us, the sinners. What a loving GOD, our LORD JESUS CHRIST is!
“And they bring HIM unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, the place of a skull. And they gave HIM to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but HE received it not.”
St. Mark 15:22-23
Again they took off our LORD JESUS CHRIST's own clinging clothes and they clothed HIM in a piece of waistcloth. When they took off HIS own clinging clothes, HIS most holy body was again torn and HIS most holy blood was flowing. What an awful thing it is!
That thorny iron crown was always on HIS most holy head. Then they asked our LORD JESUS CHRIST to lie down on the cross and HE lay down on the cross with a crown of thorns on HIS most holy head and a piece of waistcloth at HIS most holy waist. Then they placed HIS most holy arms on two sides and HIS most holy legs one over another and they strongly tied HIS most holy arms and legs with three ropes. Then they nailed HIS most holy hands on the cross with two long iron nails, and they nailed HIS most holy feet on the cross with a long iron nail. Two iron nails pierced HIS most holy hands and one iron nail pierced HIS most holy feet. Thus, they crucified our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST on the cross with three iron nails. The most holy blood of our LORD JESUS CHRIST was gushing out from HIS most holy hands and feet. What an awful thing it is!
This awful thing is a fulfilment of Psalm 22:16.
“For dogs have compassed ME: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed ME: they pierced MY hands and MY feet.”
After that, they loosened (unfastened) the ropes from HIS most holy arms and legs. Then they lifted our LORD JESUS with the cross and forcibly dropped the cross into a pit, dug on the rock. Then the cross was planted firmly with planks of wood. Our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST was hanging on the cross, on three nails with a crown of thorns on HIS most holy head and a piece of waistcloth at HIS most holy waist. What an awful thing it is!
When they forcibly dropped the cross into a pit, the exceedingly holy blood of our LORD JESUS poured out like water from HIS wounds. HIS exceedingly holy blood was horribly flowing from HIS exceedingly holy head, face, body, hands and feet. From HIS most holy head to HIS most holy feet, HIS whole body was bathed with HIS most holy blood and it was a most horrible and terrible sight. HE suffered great agony and pain. What a horrible and terrible thing it is!
Further, Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. The writing was: "JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS" St. John 19:19. Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where JESUS was crucified was near to the city. The title was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. "INRI" is the abbreviation for "IESUS NAZARENUS REX IUDAEORUM" (the inscription in Latin placed over CHRIST's head during the crucifixion).
Then the chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate,
“Write not, The King of the Jews; but that HE said, I am King of the Jews.”
St. John 19:21
“What I have written I have written.”
St. John 19:22
Then the soldiers, when they crucified JESUS, took HIS glorious garments, dividing them into four parts, one for each of them, except HIS glorious coat (tunic). HIS glorious coat was seamless, woven from top to bottom. So they did not tear it. And they said to one another,
“Let us not rend (tear) it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be.”
St. John 19:24
This is the fulfilment of Psalm 22:18.
“They part (divide) MY garments among them, and cast lots upon MY vesture (for my clothing).”
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was crucified on the feast of Passover. That day was Friday and the next day (Saturday) was a special Sabbath day. That sabbath day was a high day because it was the Sabbath day during the passover week. The Jews did not mind putting our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST to death on their feast of Passover, but they were very careful not to break the Sabbath day.
Now, in the Old Testament law, stoning was the approved means of execution, whereas hanging on a tree was imposed as an additional disgrace after death. But the dead body (corpse) should not be left on the tree overnight and the corpse must be taken down from the tree and it should be buried on the same day. The reason was that the corpse of such an executed man was an object under GOD's curse and it would defile the land.
“His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of GOD;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy GOD giveth thee for an inheritance.”
By hanging on the tree (the wooden cross), our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST had become a curse for us; HE had become an accursed for us, the sinners.
“CHRIST hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”
The Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses. So they asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that their bodies might be taken away. For immediate death, they used to break the legs. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first criminal who had been crucified with JESUS, and then those of the other. But when they came to our LORD JESUS, they found that HE had already been dead. So they did not break HIS most holy legs, but one of the soldiers pierced JESUS' side with a spear. It brought a sudden flow of blood and water. Hence, our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST shed all HIS most precious blood for us, the sinners. St. John was one of the eyewitnesses for this.
“But when they came to JESUS, and saw that HE was dead already, they brake not HIS legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced HIS side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.”
St. John 19:33-35
"A bone of HIM shall not be broken." St. John 19:36 is a fulfilment of Psalm 34:20.
“HE keepeth all HIS bones: not one of them is broken.”
Again, Zechariah 12:10 says,
“...They shall look upon ME whom they have pierced, ...”
Further, it was also a requirement of the Passover lamb that no bone be broken.
“...Neither shall ye break a bone thereof.”
Now, our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Lamb of GOD without blemish and without spot is our Passover according to I Corinthians 5:7.
“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even CHRIST our passover is sacrificed for us.”
I Corinthians 5:7
The Lamb of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST takes away the sin of the world by HIS atoning sacrifice. HE is the sacrifice for our sins. HE bore in HIS most holy body the punishment due to us for our sins. HE died vicariously on behalf of mankind.
“...Behold the Lamb of GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
St. John 1:29
“And HE is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
I John 2:2
7.3 JUDAS HANGS HIMSELF
When all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put our LORD JESUS CHRIST to death, they bound HIM again, and led HIM away and handed HIM over to Pilate, the governor.
When Judas Iscariot, who had betrayed our LORD JESUS CHRIST, saw that our LORD JESUS was condemned to death, he repented himself, and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. But his repentance was not a repentance to forgiveness of sins (remission of sins) and salvation from sins (deliverance from sins). His sorrow was not a godly sorrow and his sorrow was a worldly sorrow. Only godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to forgiveness of sins and salvation from sins, and is not to be regretted. But worldly sorrow brings death.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
II Corinthians 7:10
Then Judas Iscariot went and said to the chief priests and the elders,
“I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.”
St. Matthew 27:4
Judas' admission, "I have sinned" is not a true confession of his sins. Hence, he had not received the forgiveness of sins or salvation from sins. Then the chief priests and the elders replied to him,
“What is that to us? see thou to that.”
St. Matthew 27:4
Then Judas threw the thirty silver coins into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. When he hanged himself, the rope was broken into two, and he fell headlong into the valley below, his stomach burst open and all his intestines spilled out.
“And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
St. Matthew 27:5
“...And falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.”
Then the chief priests picked up the coins and said,
“It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.”
St. Matthew 27:6
So they decided to use the money to purchase the potter's field to bury strangers. Hence, that field was called, the Field of Blood (Aceldama in Hebrew). The prophecy of Zechariah was fulfilled.
“And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”
Judas Iscariot got the money for his great wickedness. They purchased potter's field with this money of Judas after his death. Since they purchased this field with the money of Judas, it is said,
“Now this man (Judas) purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; ...”
Then, in the place of Judas Iscariot, the LORD chose Matthias. The prophecies in Psalm 69:25 and Psalm 109:8 were fulfilled.
“Let their (his) habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their (his) tents.”
“Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”
7.4 DEATH ON THE CROSS
Cross was a wooden frame made of a long upright piece of wood (about twelve feet long) with a shorter piece (about six feet long) fixed across it near the top. In Israel, criminals were stoned to death as a punishment. In Rome, criminals were nailed and hung on crosses and left to die as a punishment. The upright piece of wood with the crucified man would be planted vertically and the criminal should hang on his cross until his death. This was the most painful and awful punishment. Since Israel (Jerusalem) was under Caesar, the Roman emperor, this punishment by crucifixion was in force in Jerusalem also.
Now, if a Roman emperor convicted a criminal for crucifixion, then he would be crucified after a month of restful days. If the Roman governor convicted a criminal for crucifixion, then he would be crucified after ten restful days. These were the Roman laws. But, not even a single restful minute was given to our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST before HIS crucifixion. So, the Roman governor, crucified our LORD JESUS CHRIST, against the Roman law.
Again, the criminals should carry their crosses from the place of judgment to the place of execution. So, our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST carried HIS own cross. Further, when the criminals were led out for crucifixion, they should hang placards on their necks, showing their names, native towns and accusations. These placards must be written in Hebrew and Greek and Latin, and after their crucifixion, these placards must be placed (nailed) on the top of their respective crosses.
Since they had no time to write this placard in Hebrew and Greek and Latin in respect of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, this placard had not been hung on the most holy neck of our LORD JESUS. But, after HIS crucifixion, it was placed (nailed) on the top of HIS cross on the long upright piece of wood, over HIS head. This placard was written as: "JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS". This showed HIS name "JESUS", and this showed HIS native town "Nazareth", and this showed HIS accusation "THE KING OF THE JEWS". Indeed, our LORD JESUS CHRIST (MESSIAH) was the KING of the Jews, but a group of Jews had rejected HIM.
A group of Jews did not accept our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD who came in this world, and lived in this world, doing goodness to the people. So they delivered HIM to Pontius Pilate their governor, to be murdered on the cross. They held seven unjust trials against our entirely guiltless and pure LORD JESUS CHRIST. In this process, our LORD JESUS was mercilessly taken here and there and severely harassed.
Pilate found no fault or guilt in our LORD JESUS CHRIST. But the Jews were stubborn and pressed Pilate to murder our LORD JESUS on the cross. So Pilate gave an unfair judgment to murder our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST on the cross.
Death on the cross was only for murderers, thieves, rebels and such other people. This was the most painful and extremely cruel punishment. The crucified people would not die at once. It might take three or more days for them to die. The burden of the whole body would be on three nails. No one could bear this burden by their hands and feet on three nails. The blood of their bodies would flow out, and their bodies would cool off and then they would die. In order to reduce the time of death, the criminals would be severely scourged to shed their blood before crucifixion, and their legs would be broken after crucifixion.
Unable to bear their great pain, the criminals used to scold and reproach and curse with ugly words, against those who had delivered them for their crucifixion and against those who had given them judgment for their crucifixion and against those who had crucified them. In order to abandon such ugly words, they used to pin the lips of the criminals.
Since our LORD JESUS CHRIST had not scolded or reproached or cursed anyone, they had not pinned the most holy lips of our LORD JESUS.
“HE was oppressed, and HE was afflicted, yet HE opened not HIS mouth: HE is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so HE openeth not HIS mouth.” Isaiah 53:7
“...HE had done no violence, neither was any deceit in HIS mouth.”
“...CHRIST also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow HIS steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile (deceit) found in HIS mouth: Who, when HE was reviled, reviled not again (in turn); when HE suffered, HE threatened not; ...”
I Peter 2:21-23
“For consider HIM that endured such contradiction (hostility) of sinners against HIMSELF, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF is the supreme example of true endurance.
Since the thieves who were crucified with HIM had scolded and reproached our entirely guiltless and holy LORD JESUS CHRIST with others, they had not pinned the lips of the thieves.
“...And they that were crucified with HIM reviled HIM.”
St. Mark 15:32
“Reproach hath broken MY heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.”
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was on the cross, HE had spoken SEVEN most blissful words. The first blissful word of our LORD JESUS CHRIST was for the forgiveness of the sinners, especially for the forgiveness of HIS enemies there. That word was:
“FATHER, FORGIVE THEM; FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.”
St. Luke 23:34
“FATHER” means “GOD, the FATHER”. GOD, the FATHER is the LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST had said,
“...He that hath seen ME hath seen the FATHER; ...”
St. John 14:9
“I and MY FATHER are one.”
St. John 10:30
After our LORD JESUS CHRIST had spoken HIS first blissful word, the thief on HIS right side stopped his reproaches and scolding against HIM and rebuked the other thief. He asked our LORD JESUS for forgiveness of his sins. Our most merciful LORD JESUS CHRIST had forgiven all his sins and gave him paradise, the place where HIS saints rest. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST's death on the cross is a most glorious death. HE accomplished HIS most glorious death at Calvary. HE greatly valued HIS most glorious death on the cross. HIS most glorious death was spontaneous. HE died on the cross, willingly and freely and naturally for us, the sinners. About HIS most glorious death, our LORD JESUS CHRIST said,
“The hour is come, that the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) should be glorified.”
St. John 12:23
The great power of the cross is the death of CHRIST. By HIS terrible death on the cross, HE draws all people to HIMSELF. HE draws all people to HIMSELF to save them from their sins. HE draws all people to HIMSELF to give them HIS most glorious kingdom, the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of GOD. About HIS great power of death, our LORD JESUS CHRIST said,
“And I, if I be lifted up (crucified up) from the earth, will draw all men unto ME.”
St. John 12:32
Then, "Why do people go to hell?" It is because they do not believe in our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. It is because they do not look to HIM.
“He that believeth on HIM is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of GOD.”
St. John 3:18
“Look unto ME, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am GOD, and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:22
Now, no one should be a slave of sin, by obeying the evil desires (lusts) of the mortal body. This body of sin should be rendered inoperative. For this, the old man of sin or the old self, the person he was before he was crucified with CHRIST (before he was saved by CHRIST) must be crucified with CHRIST (saved by CHRIST). Then, his body of sin will be destroyed and he will not be a slave of sin. Then, he has the power to serve CHRIST, but not the sin. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with HIM, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”
Romans 6:6, 12
Further, no one should offer the parts of his body to sin, as weapons of unrighteousness and wickedness and filthiness. But, everyone should offer the parts of his body to GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST as weapons of righteousness and confess his sins without concealing his sins for the forgiveness of sins and for the salvation from sins and for obtaining holiness and holy life and for the anointment of the Holy Spirit of GOD. After obtaining these spiritual experiences from GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, sin will not be his master. Then, sin will not reign over his mortal body, if he continues always on the watch and pray for his spiritual life. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto GOD, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto GOD. For sin shall not have dominion over you: ...”
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man (the lord jesus christ).” St. Luke 21:36
SON OF MAN is the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Prayer alone will enable one to stand before the returning Son of man, on the day of HIS judgment and prayer alone will enable one to escape all that is about to happen. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Now, the preaching of the cross means the preaching about CHRIST crucified. See I Corinthians 1:18, 23. But it does not mean the preaching of any wooden cross or any other crosses. There is no power or no virtue or no holiness in any sort of crosses. Thus,
the worship of cross and the admiration of cross and the bearing of cross and the act of making the sign of the cross (signation) are sins against the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. The cross always reminds us of the terrible death of our LORD JESUS CHRIST on the cross. Hence, everyone should remember HIS terrible death at all times. In remembrance of HIS terrible death, our LORD JESUS CHRIST has promulgated the LORD's Supper or the Holy Communion or the New Testament feast of Passover. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Now, everyone should boast only about the cross of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. That is, everyone should boast only about the most glorious death of our LORD JESUS CHRIST on the cross. Everyone should take pleasure only in our LORD JESUS CHRIST's vicarious atonement, in which HE died as a substitute for sin. Everyone should take pleasure only in our LORD JESUS CHRIST's vicarious atonement, in which HE died on behalf of sinners.
St. Paul, the apostle took pleasure only in JESUS CHRIST's vicarious atonement, since it brought him all the spiritual blessings. He had renounced the world. That is, he had renounced the world system. He had renounced his old sinful life and all its ways and all its values and all its accomplishments including old religious accomplishments, in which he used to boast. He lived as a sage and hermit. He lived as a celibate (Galatians 6:14).