“And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree. Deuteronomy 21:22
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written: Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed. Galatians 3;13
Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
When the faultfinder or the individual does not in believe God, they often would say where is God when all disasters occurred throughout history, such as, floods, earthquakes, accidents that costs hundreds of lives, hunger and poverty on a global scale, the cold vast universe, the ferocities of nature, tyranny, and torture, disease, and death.
When I did not believe in God or in my mind, he did not exist in short I hated all Christians. Until my brother Maynard died in an accident on October 25, 1975 at the age of 28. The Christians who hated with a passion where the one that was consoling me while at the funeral room, and lost my cool, and could not take it anymore, and broke down, and wailed. My brother Stuart took me outside, and tried to calm down. Little did I know that God broke me and that was His intend.
The first question I asked when Maynard died where was God when he took him? The second question was is this it for him is there life after die, if so where is he? Lastly is there actual God? I needed to know, did God exist? In times past I asks these same questions yet I was not interest seeking the truth. I needed to know. Little did know that I was Spiritual Journey.
On August 08, 1976, I repented, confess my sins to Christ around a kitchen table in L’Abri a Christian Retreat in Switzerland. To me, it was the worst and the best in my life. In that time frame I did not fully understand the salvation plan. The only thing I knew was that some guy name Jesus died on a cross on Good Friday, and I offend against God and violated His moral law, and was guilty as charged according to Psalm 51; 4, “Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight.” When I confess and repented of my sins. I felt like 12 Mac trucks was lifted from body. Much later When Psalm 32; 3- 4; When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night. Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.
Over 2,000 year Jesus had even a worst day than I did and yet he also it was most glorious day, it called Good Friday Christ was crucified on a cross and gave up his spirit.To understand what took place at the cross, you need to understand what the cross was used for during the time when Rome was in power.
Linda Alchin wrote piece on Roman Crucifixion and wrote these words. “ Death by Roman crucifixion was a result of the whole body weight being supported by the stretched arms. When nailed to the cross there was a massive strain put on the wrists, arms and shoulders often resulting in a dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints. The rib cage was constrained in a fixed position, which made it extremely difficult to exhale, and impossible to take a full breath. The victim would continually try to draw himself up by his feet to allow for inflation of the lungs enduring terrible pain in his feet and legs. The pain in the feet and legs became unbearable and the victim was forced to trade breathing for pain. The length of time required to die from crucifixion could range from hours to a number of days.
The main cause of death by Roman crucifixion was due to asphyxiation. Asphyxiation results from lack of exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide due to respiratory failure or disturbance, resulting in insufficient brain oxygen, which leads to unconsciousness and death. the process of crucifixion the victim was either tied or nailed to the cross. Roman nails were made of iron and are described as a square tapered nail with a large head. The nails were inserted just above the wrist, between the two bones of the forearm or driven through the wrist, in a space between four carpal bones.” Robert Gidley said three things happen:
The victim’s weight is now fully supported by his feet. The nails through the feet would be likely to hit two major nerves running through the area. The result would be excruciating pain in the legs.
The nails in the wrists would be likely to pierce the main nerve running through the arm. As the victim pushed up to breath, the wrists would rotate against the nail, irritating the nerves and causing intense pain in the arms. Some authorities also believe that the crucifixion position would dislocate the shoulder or elbow. Any movement would aggravate the pain from these injuries.
The wounds on the victim’s back from the scourging would push up against the rough part of the centre piece. This would tend to re-open the wounds, leading to more pain and blood loss. It was most shameful way of dying.
Remember Jesus humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death– even to death on a cross. The standard practice was that the condemned carried his own cross. It was cruelest form punishment and designed to put fear into the hearts the citizens who lived in the regions. The punishment of Roman crucifixion was chiefly inflicted on slaves and the worst kind of criminals. It was the most shameful way of dying. Yet Jesus Christ, humble himself and became flesh for mankind, and gave and served by emptying himself and became obedient to death even death on the cross! According to John Stott,” Jesus give himself to the uttermost, to the torture of crucifixion and to the horror so send bearing and God forsakenness. Christ died for us. When Jesus uttered these words, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Every sin that man- kind committed since Adam and Eve fell into sin, until Christ comes fell upon Him, and the wrath His Father fell upon him. Not only did he feels the physical pain, and felt the abandonment of His Father, and the heaviness of sin. As scripture states, “ He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Out love for mankind The Father he demonstrates His holy love toward mankind by sending His only begotten Son, and The Father did not spare Son. Jesus was willing to die out love for us that He down His life for us. John Stott wrote,” the value of love gift is assessed both by what it costs the giver and by the degree and in which recipient may be held to deserve it. A young man who is in love, for example, will give his beloved expensive presents, often beyond what he can afford, as a symbol of his self-giving love because he believes she deserves them and more.” Jacob serves seven years for Rachel because of his love for her. But, God giving his gave himself to die for enemies. He gave everything for those who did nothing from him. And that is God’s own proof of love towards us.”
John Stott wrote these words,” The symbol of the cross of the cross in the church points in the God who was crucified not between two candles on alter, but between two thieves in place called the scull where the outcast belong.” Furthermore he wrote, “And in that awful experience that divides God from God to the utmost degree enmity and distinction we have to recognize that both Father and Son suffer the cost of their surrendering though differently. The Son suffers dying; the Father suffers the death of his Son. The grief of the father here is just as important as the bath of his Son. In short the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit all suffered because of mankind disobedient to God. To sum it up John Stott penned these words, “ Redemption is that greatest love Kindle in us by Christ’s passion, a love which only delivers us from the bondage of sin, but also inquiries for us the true freedom of children, where love instead of fear becomes a ruling affection.
Yet to follower of Christ the cross is the start of their spiritual journey.