The Crucifixion: Fulfillment of Prophecy

Matthew 27: 33-56 (NASB)

33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, 34 they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.

35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there. 37 And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

38 At that time two robbers *were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, 42 “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”44 The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.

45 Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. 46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” 47 And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink. 49 But the rest of them said, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him.”50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

55 Many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee while ministering to Him.56 Among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Now here is the prophecy:

Psalms 22:11-18 (HCSB)

11 Do not be far from me, because distress is near
and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;
strong ones of Bashan encircle me.
13 They open their mouths against me—
Lions, mauling and roaring.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are disjointed;
my heart is like wax,
melting within me.
15 My strength is dried up like baked clay;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You put me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded me;
a gang of evildoers has closed in on me;
they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones;
people look and stare at me.
18 They divided my garments among themselves,
and they cast lots for my clothing.

God Bless
Brian Mason

Women Witnesses To The Crucifixion

I find it interesting that the disciples fled the scene when Jesus was arrested, and only the women kept close enough to Jesus to see the crucifixion of Jesus Christ!

Mark 15: 40-41 (NIV)
40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

Mary Magdalene was there but we must be clear on a couple issues; The scriptures do indicate that she was a strong follower of Jesus however she was NOT married to Him! Jesus cast seven demons from her, which undoubtedly would add to her faith in Him.

Luke 8: 1-2 (NIV)
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;

She has also in some publications been accused of being a prostitute, but this accusation has no scriptural merit.

Women played a significant part in the reporting of Christ’s crucifixion. The status of women to the Jews was less than favorable, so it is a testament to the scriptures of the genuineness of the writings. If the scripture were to have been “made up” the scribes would certainly have made the reporters out to be men.

God Bless
Brian Mason

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Prophecy

The Following Psalm was written 1000 years before the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Psalm 22: 11-22

11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22 I will declare your name to my people;
in the assembly I will praise you.

It clearly describes the torture and punishment of crucifixion, an act that had not been invented at the time of the writing of the Psalm!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Evidence Outside the Bible for a Day of Darkness after the Crucifixion?

Luke 23: 44-46 (NIV)
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Before you want to look to past astronomical events that were recorded such as an eclipse or other meteorological events, one must think of it as a supernatural event. The Jews used a lunar calendar and Passover always fell on the full moon, so that would rule out a solar eclipse.

The following writing is of major interest;

*”Circa AD 52, Thallus wrote a history of the Eastern Mediterranean world from the Trojan War to his own time. This work itself has been lost and only fragments of it exist in the citations of others. One such scholar who knew and spoke of it was Julius Africanus, who wrote about AD 221…In speaking of Jesus’ crucifixion and the darkness that covered the land during this event, Africanus found a reference in the writings of Thallus that dealt with this cosmic report. Africanus asserts: ‘On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down. This darkness Thallus, in the third book of his History, calls, as appears to me without reason, an eclipse of the sun.”

There appears to be a “darkness” written that is unexplainable. I will believe the scriptures, and clearly there is another record of this great event! Praise God!

God Bless

Brian Mason

*Julius Africanus, Extant Writings, XVIII in the Ante–Nicene Fathers, ed. by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1973, vol. VI, p. 130, as cited in Gary R. Habermas, The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ, Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company, 1996.

Great Crucifixion Quotes

We are coming up to Good Friday and I have compiled for you a list of crucifixion quotes from Biblical and non-Biblical sources. I have left the best one for last!

“The earthly form of Christ is the form that died on the cross. The image of God is the image of Christ crucified. It is to this image that the life of the disciples must be conformed; in other words, they must be conformed to his death (Phil 3.10, Rom 6.4) The Christian life is a life of crucifixion (Gal 2.19) In baptism the form of Christ’s death is impressed upon his own. They are dead to the flesh and to sin, they are dead to the world, and the world is dead to them (Gal 6.14). Anybody living in the strength of Christ’s baptism lives in the strength of Christ’s death.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

“[Jesus] tilted His head back, pulled up one last time to draw breath and cried, “Tetelestai!” It was a Greek expression most everyone present would have understood. It was an accounting term. Archaeologists have found papyrus tax receipts with “Tetelestai” written across them, meaning “paid in full.” With Jesus’ last breath on the cross, He declared the debt of sin cancelled, completely satisfied. Nothing else required. Not good deeds. Not generous donations. Not penance or confession or baptism or…or…or…nothing. The penalty for sin is death, and we were all born hopelessly in debt. He paid our debt in full by giving His life so that we might live forever.”
― Charles R. Swindoll

As a reward for their efforts, however, those early Christians were beaten, stoned to death, thrown to the lions, tortured and crucified. Every conceivable method was used to stop them from talking.
Josh McDowell

Nobody’s perfect. The only one that ever was, was crucified.
Loretta Lynn

[There should be plenty of visuals to watch, including realistic depictions of the way Christ was tortured before his excruciating crucifixion. Caviezel, also a practicing Catholic, spent 15 days on the cross during shooting and was scourged so realistically that he dislocated a shoulder at one point.] There’s an immense amount of suffering on this, … Fortunately, God is helping me.
~ Jim Caviezel

It is a crime to put a Roman citizen in chains, it is an enormity to flog one, sheer murder to slay one: what, then, shall I say o f crucifixion? It is impossible to find the word for such an abomination.
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Marcus Tullius Cicero

If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.
Jean Cocteau

In a profound sense we may say that the crucifixion, however else we may interpret it, accuses human nature, accuses all of us in the very things that we think are our righteousness.
– Sir Herbert Butterfield
History and Human Relations.

And finally the prophesy of the crucifixion 1000 years before it happened:

Psalms 22:11-18 (HCSB)

11 Do not be far from me, because distress is near
and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;
strong ones of Bashan encircle me.
13 They open their mouths against me—
lions, mauling and roaring.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are disjointed;
my heart is like wax,
melting within me.
15 My strength is dried up like baked clay;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You put me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded me;
a gang of evildoers has closed in on me;
they pierced[g] my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones;
people[h] look and stare at me.
18 They divided my garments among themselves,
and they cast lots for my clothing.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Stigmata: What The Heck?

Is it possible that Stigmata is true? If you don’t know the term, stigmata is when Roman Catholic Church followers get what is defined to be “Spontaneous appearances of the crucifixion wounds that Jesus would have incurred on the cross”.

Usually the mysterious wounds appear on or around Roman Catholic holidays. Strangely the person will report that they have wounds appearing on the head, feet, back and sides. Most of the wounds are reported and documented to appear on the palms of the hands. Are these for real?

The Roman Catholic Church has the majority of the written reports on this phenomena and there have been several explanations for this event. One is that the Roman Catholic Church is such a superstitious church that the wounds could be happening by the subconscious power of the mind? It could also be a cerebral event as psychosomatic excitation?

I believe that it is not grounded well on anything Biblical and when in doubt we should consult the holy scriptures and see what our Holy Father has to say about it. I would suggest that since the Roman Catholic Church is apostate, we should not take this event very seriously. If  we look back to the process of Roman crucifixion it is well known that the method of this barbaric execution had the nails being driven into the wrists and not the palms! 

There have been many documented cases of stigmata being faked as well. Some of them have been self-inflicted. On a recent National Geographic episode entitled “Is it real? Stigmata”, experts could easily fake it by using sodium hydroxide, pressing the hands together and voila the reaction created red bloodlike smears.

All I say Christians is don’t be fooled by this fakery and when in doubt, turn to the Bible scripture for the answers you seek!

God Bless

Brian Mason