Scripture Reading Heb. 13:12. "And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him." "That He might sanctify the people with His own blood," Christ "suffered without the gate."
For transgression of the law of God, Adam and Eve were banished from Eden.Christ, our substitute, was to suffer without the boundaries of Jerusalem. He died outside the gate, where felons and murderers were executed.
The birth, and life of Jesus, should be read on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
Maranatha pg. 77 It would be well to spend a thoughtful hour each day, reviewing the life of Christ from the manger, to Calvary. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination vividly grasp each scene, especially the closing ones of His earthly life. By thus contemplating His teachings, and sufferings, and the infinite sacrifice made by Him, for the redemption of the race, we may strengthen our faith, quicken our love, and become more deeply fill, with the spirit which sustained our Saviour. If we would be saved …. we must all learn the lesson of penitence, and faith, at the foot of the cross. . . . Everything noble, and generous in man, will respond to the contemplation of Christ upon the cross.
I would suggest that thebook of Matthew be read.Let’s turn there for a moment
Matthew 2:1-50 Talks about Jesus birth, vs.1 Herod seek to kill Him, vs. 8 Parents flees to Egypt, vs. 13-14
Jesus is baptized He is tempted 40 days Jesus starts His Ministry,Healing all manner of diseases
Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held acouncil against him, how they might destroy him. Luke 20:19-20 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them. And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
Luke 11:53-54They lay wait to criticize Him Luke 13:14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, (deep hatred)
Matthew 13:54-58Rejected in His own town • Whole towns rejected Him Luke 8:37 • Rejected by Samaria Luke 9:51- 56
The Cross is the greatest revelation of Gods divine nature. There is nothing anyone can do, say, or preach, that will reveal more about God, than THE CROSS.
Let’s say this again It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
Are you able to handle the cross? Lets turn to Isa 53
I would suggest that we all get the book by Pastor JohnsonIn one of the chapters, Pastor Johnson, speaks of the physical torture Christ went through. It may change your life.
4BC 1147Prophecy foretold that Christ was to appear as a root out of dry ground, Isa 53:2 This chapter should be studied. It presents Christ as the Lamb of God. Those who are lifted up with pride, whose souls are filled with vanity,should look upon this picture of their Redeemer, and humble themselves in the dust. The entire chapter should be committed to memory. Its influence will subdue, and humble the soul, defiled by sin, and uplifted by self-exaltation.
YI Dec. 20, 1900 Think of Christs humiliation. He took upon Himself, fallen, suffering human nature, degraded and defiled by sin. He took our sorrows, bearing our grief, and shame. He endured all the temptations wherewith man is beset. He united humanity with divinity: a divine spirit dwelt in a temple of flesh. He united Himself with the temple. John 1:14
MS 77, 1899 It was not alone, by dying on the cross, that Christ accomplished His work of saving men. The ignominy, and suffering, and humiliation, was a part of His mission…. This penalty, Christ has borne the punishment for every man, and for this reason, He can ransom every soul, however fallen his condition, If he will accept the law of God as his standard
Let’s now turn to Isa. 53 Isa. 53:1It is all about Jesus! Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Isa. 53:2For He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form, nor comeliness; And when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
MS 33, 1911 These words do not mean that Christ was unattractive in person. In the eyes of the Jews, Christ had no beauty that they should desire Him. They looked for a Messiah who would come with outward display, and worldly glory, one who would do great things for the Jewish nation, exalting it above every other nation on the earth. But Christ came with His divinity hidden by the garb of humanity, unobtrusive, humble, poor. They, the Jews, compared this man with the proud boasts they had made, and they could see no beauty in Him. They did not discern the holiness and purity of His character. The grace and virtue revealed in His life, did not appeal to them.
Isa. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one, to his own way;And the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isa. 53:7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted,yet He opened not His mouth:
Isa. 53:7He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,So He openethnot His mouth.
Isa. 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: And who shall declare his generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living:For the transgression of my people was He stricken.
Isa. 53:9And 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.
MS 42, 1901 Satan assailed Him, Christ, in every point, yet He sinned not in thought, word, or deed. He did no violence, neither was guile found in His mouth. Walking in the midst of sin, He was holy, harmless, undefiled. He was wrongfully accused, yet He opened not His mouth to justify Himself. How many now, when accused of that of which they are not guilty, feel that there is a time when forbearance ceases to be a virtue, and losing their temper, speak words which grieve the Holy Spirit?
Isa. 53:10 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 Hisseed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
Isa. 53:11He 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.
Isa. 53:12 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.
6T 309 The angels were waiting to welcome Jesus as He ascended after His resurrection. The heavenly host longed to greet again, their loved Commander, returned to them from the prison house of death.Eagerly they pressed about Him as He entered the gates of heaven. But He waved them back.His heart was with the lonely, sorrowing band of disciples whom He had left upon Olivet.It is still with His struggling children on earth, who have the battle with the destroyer yet to wage.
The spotless Son of God hung upon the cross, His flesh lacerated with stripes; Those hands so often reached out in blessing, nailed to the wooden bars; Those feet so tireless on ministries of love, spiked to the tree;That royal head pierced by the crown of thorns; those quivering lips shaped to the cry of woe.
And all that He endured, the blood drops that flowed from His head, His hands, His feet, the agony that racked His frame,and the unutterable anguish that filled His soul at the hiding of His Fathers face, speaks to each child of humanity, to me, declaring,
It is for thee,that the Son of God consents to bear this burden of guilt; For thee, He spoils the domain of death, and opens the gates of Paradise.
He, who stilled the angry waves, and walked the foam-capped billows, who made devils tremble, and disease flee,who opened blind eyes and called forth the dead to life, offers Himself upon the cross as a sacrifice, and this, from love to thee.
He, The Sin Bearer,endures the wrath of divine justice, and for thy sake, for my sake becomes sin itself.
I, we, need to come to the Foot of the Cross,to see the real picture of why God allowed His one and only Son, to leave everything, just for me, for us.
Righteousness Through Christ The love existing between the Father and His Son, cannot be portrayed. It is measureless. In Christ, God saw the beauty and perfection of excellence that dwells in Himself. Wonder, O heavens, and be astonished, O earth, for God spared not His own Son, but gave Him up to be made sin for us, that those who believe may be made the righteousness of God, in Him. . . . 2 Cor. 5:21