To the cross went the sinless, blameless and spotless Son of God the Father; Savior & Messiah, Jesus; even though the cross was intended for the sinner, murderer and seditionist, Barabbas, (“son of father”) .
Jesus went to the sinners’ cross to die by crucifixion in the place of the actual sinner(s). His death was vicarious!
All of my scarlet sins were put on (clothed) Jesus as He hung on the Cross of Calvary---
By grace through faith at the point of salvation I am clothed in the unblemished righteousness of the Son of Almighty God, the Lord Jesus.
My sin on Jesus---His righteousness on me!!! I am clean as white snow!
“ 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.” Matthew 27:29
The last of King David’s dynasty to be crowned in Jerusalem is crowned with thorns.
With the thorns in His precious head, Jesus bears the curse of sin of which the thorn has become the symbol!
The Gospel in the Crucifixion, by George E. Guille:
“The third chapter of Genesis records the curse upon creation because of sin. So widespread and far-reaching has it become that ‘the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now’ (Rom. 8:22).
[In Genesis 3 we] find the full signi- ficance of the crown of thorns. There we find no less than 7 features of the
curse, and every one has been fully met by our Lord.
First , is the fact itself: “Cursed is the ground for thy sake” (Genesis 3:17). But behold how He has fulfilled that which was written of Him (Deut. 21:23): “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth upon a tree” (Gal. 3:13)
Second : “In sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life” (Genesis 3:17b) And He of the thorn-crowned brow was a “man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3), saying, as He faced the cross, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death” (Matt. 26:38).
Third : “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee.” (Genesis 3:18). Behold that which became the symbol of the Curse woven into a crown for God’s Son (Matthew 27:29)!
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers . 28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted 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!
Fourth : “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Genesis 3:19). Of Him who was made a curse it is written: “ And his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44)
Fifth : “Till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto
“Out from the garden of delight, where God’s presence had been manifested. That is death—separation from God. To this also Christ has answered. In that outside place, amid the thick darkness, He cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me” (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46)?
Seventh : “He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every
way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24). But that flaming sword has been quenched in holy blood, as it is written: “Awake O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 13:7; Matt. 26:31,32).
Thus did the Lord of life and glory receive the curse that was our due, that we might be blessed forever!
“ And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear His cross” (Matt. 27:32).
Simon means, “hearkener, to give heed in order to comply.”
Cyrene = “the supremacy of the bridle.”
The Hearkener submits to Roman auth- ority, carries the cross, follows Jesus.
The Christian’s badge is a cross, he is crucified with Christ as he submits to the authority of the Bible, follows Lord Jesus.
“ And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull…they crucified Him.” (Matt. 27:33, 35a)
The wisdom of the Jewish and Gentile leadership said, “Kill Jesus!”
“ [H]ath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world” (1 Cor. 1:20b-30)
The Lord Jesus=the “wisdom of God”
In Jesus are “hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3)
In Him was life and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
Unbelieving Gentile and Jew boast of their wisdom, but the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God.(1 Cor. 1)
The wisdom of the world demanded that Jesus be nailed to a tree. That cross was planted in a skull of rock!
The symbolism screams at mankind!
“ They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink” (Matthew 27:34).
Vinegar and gall had anesthetic and analgesic effects—Jesus refused!
He was willing to drink the cup of God’s divine wrath against sin without the stupefying effects of drugs.
He gave Himself to the complete endurance of God’s judgment, accepting no relief from men that He could give them full relief from the consequences of their sin!
“ AND THEY CRUCIFIED HIM, AND PARTED HIS GARMENTS, CASTING LOTS.” MATTHEW 27:35
Read: The Gospel of John 19:23,24
Roman custom: officials of execution get to keep clothes of the crucified.
Soldiers discoverd the seamless robe.
They cannot divide the robe without destroying it so they cast lots for it.
The Prophecy: “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” Psalm 22:18
The seamless robe of Jesus is the figure of another robe…
As Isaiah said, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness , as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with jewels.” Isaiah 61:10
AS THE PRODIGAL RETURNS HIS FATHER SAYS, “BRING FORTH THE BEST ROBE AND PUT IT ON HIM!” LUKE 15:22A
“ Adam and Eve, in their expensively purchased knowledge, discovered that they were naked. And that shameful word became God’s description of the sinner’s moral state—NAKED! Nothing of his own in which to hide; sin his only claim upon God! He must have a garment—one of God’s own pattern, of His materials and of His providing, its color, a death—stain.” Guille p. 15
“ Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)
Genesis chapter 2 ends with Adam and Eve in sinless, selfless servanthood of each other and of the God of the Bible.
Genesis 3 : Sin enters the universe and the Creation Order is flip-flopped. The Creation Order was to be: God, and in submission to God was the man, Adam; and in submission to the man was his wife, Eve; and in submission to mankind was the animal kingdom.
The Creation Order got flip-flopped as the woman, Eve, submitted to the animal (the serpent in Eden). Then her husband, Adam, submitted to her and ate the fruit she offered to him. This left God under all instead of over all and projected animals to being more important than people and women taking over the types of leadership God intended for men. Sin and the curse demanded a way of redemption and restoration.
“ After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon a hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:28-30
“ In my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” Psalm 69:21
Jesus cried out “I thirst” to fulfill the prophecy of Psalm 69.
Thus Jesus did all according to the infallible Word of God.
After fulfilling all the OT prophecies regarding His first coming He said, “It is finished!” And He gave up the ghost. He was not killed, He voluntarily gave up His life!!!!
“ And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” Matthew 27:51-53
“Death was going through an upheaval. All the bars of the tomb were beginning to burst. When the King awoke from the sleep of death, He shook the world. The bedroom in which He had rested for a little while trembled as the heavenly Lord arose from His couch.
Jesus was placed in the prison of the tomb as a hostage for His people. Therefore it was fitting that He not break out by Himself. The angelic
sheriff came with the warrant for His release and set the captive free. Jesus had been confined because of human debt, but the debt had now been paid, so He had to go free.”
Spurgeon continued: “When the angel rolled back the stone, he sat on it as if to defy earth and hell ever to roll it back again. When the angel sat on the stone, one greater than an earthly king sat on something better
than a throne. The great stone seemed to represent the sin of all Christ’s people that had shut them up in prison. It can never be laid again over the mouth of the tomb of any child of God. Christ has risen, and all his saints must rise, too.”
Jesus could have called down legions of angels to rescue him from death—He chose to die and have an angel announce His coming back to life!
Again, Spurgeon says, “If you and I can truly say that we seek Jesus who was crucified, we can bear all the shame that philosophers gladly heap on the cross, and we will have no cause for fear. The ridicule from ungodly people will not hurt us.”
Jesus,…”being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death : because it was not possible that He should be holden of it (held in its power, NASB).
O death, where is thy sting? 1 Cor. 15:55
whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death
How is “pains” used in the Bible?
It is used to mean birth pains (translated “travail”) 1 Thess 5:3
It means woes coming on the earth (translated “sorrows”) Matthew 24:8
The pangs, travail and sorrows of death held Jesus for a brief time, but He was loosed!
The word “loosed” expresses the thoroughness of His release.
Mark 11:2: Loosed is used in speaking of the loosing of a tied colt.
Acts 7:33: the putting off of shoes from the feet.
1 Corinthians 7:27: the breaking of the marriage tie by death.
John 2:19: the taking down of the stones of a building.
“ Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and de- clared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection of the dead:…”
“ And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: Lo, I have told you.”
Spurgeon : “In v.6 the angel told the women to ‘see,’ and here he told them to ‘go.’” You cannot tell the message until you know it….Do not sit and admire the sight and forget the thousands who have never seen it.”
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Lord Jesus, you are my Redeemer and the prophesied Messiah of Isaiah 53 in the Bible. I confess that I am an unrighteous sinner. I have lied, cheated, stolen, lusted and lived my life in opposition to your holiness and commandments. Please forgive my sin! I am receiving you as my personal Lord and Savior right now. Help me to love you and to learn to say no to the sin that so easily encompasses me. Thank you for forgiving and saving me! (John 3)