9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
17. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
1. For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Around the time of the first spring full moon (northern hemisphere), for more than 2000 years, Christians in every nation in which they are found have commemorated the sufferings, crucifixion, death and resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ. Of all forms of capital punishment that have been imposed by nations through history, crucifixion was amongst the most brutal and cruel. The condemned person would suffer unspeakable pain and humiliation publicly, before ultimately succumbing to death. Sometimes death would be prolonged over several days. The pain of crucifixion was so intense that a word was coined from it to describe a pain that could not be exceeded. That word is, “excruciating” and it means literally out of the cross (ex-cruc).
During the tenure of the Roman Empire, crucifixion was used extensively as a form of capital punishment to instill fear and dissuade anyone from committing crimes against the state. The Romans became particularly adept at crucifixion through practice and crucified many thousands through their history. Since so many people have been executed by crucifixion through history, then it could not have been what made the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ so special.
The unique quality about the death of Jesus Christ is that He was not subject to death as were all people since Adam. The New Testament records three instances where The Lord Jesus raised people from the dead: Matthew 9:18-26, daughter of Jairus; Luke 7:11-17, son of the widow of Nain; John 11:1-44, Lazarus. In the last instance (John 11:26), when The Lord Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He affirmed to Martha, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
Not only did The Lord Jesus demonstrate the power to call the dead back to life, but He also had the power to be glorified without the need to pass through death himself. In Luke 9:28-36 there is recorded the account of the transfiguration of Jesus. As He prayed the fashion of His countenance was altered and He emanated glory and dazzling light. While in this glorified state, there appeared with Him in glory two men who were Moses (the law giver) and Elias-Elijah (the prophet). Moses and Elias appeared in glory, but they had long since died and subsequently received those bodies that appeared in radiance. The text tells us that Moses and Elias spoke with Jesus about His decease (departure) which He should accomplish at Jerusalem. Moses the law giver is credited with writing Genesis which records the first prophecy of the redeemer and destroyer of the arch adversary. See Genesis 3:15. Moses also told the people that the LORD would raise up from among their brethren, a prophet like unto Moses. This prophet should be obeyed in all things (Deuteronomy 18:15). Elias epitomized the Old Testament prophets in the demonstration of Jehovah’s power with many wonders performed during his ministry. He also prophesied to Israel concerning their devotion to the one true God and restoration.
At the time of this event, Moses had been dead for above 1300 years and Elias for above 800 years. Moses and Elias were separated from each other in life by over 400 years, as by the time Elias was born, Moses had been dead for about 400 years. Yet here in the mountain of transfiguration, these great patriarchs representing the Law and the Prophets, appeared in glory and spoke to The Lord Jesus concerning His work in Jerusalem. While still in this glorified state a cloud overshadowed The Lord, Moses, Elias and Peter, James and John who were privileged to witness the event. While in the cloud a voice was heard to speak declaring, “This is my beloved Son: hear him.” This is just one of the three instances in the New Testament when a voice was heard to speak from heaven declaring heaven’s absolute approval of The Lord Jesus. See: Matthew 3:13-17, The baptism of Jesus; John 12:28, A petition of Jesus; Luke 9:28-36 & Matthew 17:1-10, The transfiguration. The heavens declare the glory of God.~King David in Psalm 19:1
In the Old Testament economy, animal sacrifices were a very significant part of worship in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. The parameters for choosing the animals for sacrifice were very specific. Not just anything could be chosen. Israel was required to select the best of the flock and those selected had to be separated from the rest. See Exodus 12:5-6, Leviticus 22:21-24.
From the beginning of His public ministry to the time of His arrest and sham trials before the elders, chief priests, scribes and Pontius Pilate, The Lord had been heavily scrutinized and examined. I Timothy 6:13 states that Christ Jesus witnessed a good confession before Pontius Pilate. Luke 23:13 records his words thus,”Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him.”
Pontius Pilate declared Him innocent then handed Him over to be crucified. Though he himself did not believe nor act out of justice or understanding, in his darkness he still fulfilled what was written of The Lord Jesus Christ through the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms. Jesus was delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God. He was crucified and slain, but raised up by God who loosed the pains of death because it was not possible that He should be held by death. The pleasure of the Lord was that The Suffering Servant should come into the world to be a redeemer for many through bearing their iniquities by making His soul an offering for sin and subsequently rising from the dead.
11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:
by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;
for he shall bear their iniquities.
12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he hath poured out his soul unto death:
and he was numbered with the transgressors;
and he bare the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
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