Jesus Christ's Sufferings At Calvary's Cross
By David J. Stewart | July 2019 | Click Here for Background Music in a New Window
John 19:1-3, “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.”
Our dear Lord profusely bled, inexplicably suffered, and painfully died upon the cross for our many sins. OH, HOW WE ARE UNWORTHY! Do you realize dear reader what Jesus Christ went though for you, to pay YOUR DEBT of sin? I would like to tell you in this important article.
The word “Calvary” refers to the hill upon which Christ was crucified in Jerusalem. Interesting, the ungodly Jews said: John 19:7, “The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” Yet they said in John 18:31b, “The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death.” How can the Jews have a “law” that condemns Jesus to die, when they don't have a law to put Him to death? What a bunch of ungodly reprobates! They didn't seem to have a problem stoning the apostle Stephen to death in Acts chapter 7, or the apostle Paul in Acts chapter 14!
The Scripture tells us in a prophetic passage from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, that Jesus was beaten so badly you could no longer recognize Him as a human being. Isaiah 52:14, “As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.” The following graphic scene from The Passion Of Christ of Jesus being scourged by a gang of cruel soldiers, always makes me cry. Even though I do not support the film for it's Satanic Catholic leanings, this depiction of our dear Savior being beaten is very realistic...
The soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and brought him to Pilate for judgment. The thug Roman soldiers mocked, spit upon and brutally beat the Savior. They gathered some thorny branches and formed it into the shape of a crown, and then took a long rod and beat the crown into His head, causing the blood to flow down his head from the pierced skin. The sharp thorns pressed into his skull, causing excruciating inexplicable physical pain. I have seen Mel Gibson's ungodly movie, The Passion Of Christ, and wept as I saw the Lord beaten beyond recognition by the cruel tyrant soldiers. The movie is ungodly because Mel Gibson is a Roman Catholic and promotes Mary in the movie, which is sinful. Also, in the movie Jesus has his right eye darkened on the cross, which represents the coming Antichrist (Zachariah 11:17). Hollywood And The Passion of The Christ Exposed (a great 1:43 hour documentary exposing The Passion Of Christ film).
The Bible tells us what it is like to be crucified. Jesus Christ was taken into Roman headquarters—where He was shamefully stripped naked, humiliated as they spit upon Him, brutally flogged with a lead-tipped whip, slapped across the face, had His beard violently plucked out, and beaten horribly as He was dehumanized by an ungodly gang of thugs. Satan filled the soldier's hearts to be as brutal as they could, just as Satan fills the heart of all ungodly sinners. The Lord was then made to carry His own cross—the very cross upon which He was about to be nailed and crucified. But the soldiers had tortured their victim so mercilessly, and Jesus was now so weak in body, that He fell beneath the weight of the cross He bore for our sins. What a precious Savior! He did that FOR YOU dear reader, because He loves you more than you or I could ever comprehend. When we look at the problematic world as it exists, and see all the suffering and evil, it is very easy to think that God doesn't love everyone. Does God love starving poor people in Africa? Does God love the millions of victims of war? He most assuredly does friend! I do not claim to understand it, I don't. But like film, faith develops in the dark. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” I believe that Jesus is the Christ, My Savior, the only begotten Son of the Living God!!!
The Scripture teaches us that Jesus suffered horribly at the hands of the Romans, but more painful to the Lord was being betrayed by His own people, the Jews. Luke 13:34, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” The Jews are as arrogant today, as they were in Jesus' time, still vehemently rejecting their Messiah. Approximately 2.5% of the population of the manmade state of Israel today profess Christianity (and that includes the pseudo-Christian cults; such as, Catholic, Mormon, Seventh-Day Adventist and Church of Christ, et cetera). I dare say 1-in-300 people living in Israel today is born-again!!! Holy Land?
I have always loved the writings of Luke, a doctor, who gives us vivid details to sink our teeth into. Luke writes, under the inspiration of God's Holy Spirit:
Luke 23:20-25, “Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.”
Can you imagine what you've just read? The Jews were so filled with ungodly hatred for their own King and Savior, that they chose to have a murderer given his freedom instead, and to have Christ executed! The Bible says Barabbas was also in prison for sedition, which means that he went around encouraging others to break the law! We learn in Matthew that it was the wicked chief priests who convinced the people to turn against Jesus. Matthew 27:20, “But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.” It is interesting that throughout the betrayal of Christ, we see that there is the continual manipulation by people. The chief priests incited the people against Jesus. The Pharisees manipulated Pilate, telling Him that he was no friend to Caesar if he failed to execute Jesus (John 19:12, 15). Judas manipulated his relationship with Christ and the Pharisees to get money.
The Word of God tells us that Pilate wouldn't have crucified Jesus had He known that He was indeed the Christ. 1st Corinthians 2:8, “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” It is my humble opinion that this is why Rome annihilated Jerusalem in 70 AD. The Jews had manipulated the Romans to kill the Messiah, and when they figured it out they were angry about it! That is solely speculation on my part, but it seems logical.
Our dear Savior was savagely beaten by the Roman soldiers—bloodied, swollen, beard plucked out, torn pieces of flesh hanging from His body, shaking in tremors from the excruciating pain from head to toe, so weak that He fell beneath the weight of His cross. The other two men being crucified with Christ were evidently able to carry their own crosses, because they hadn't been brutally beaten so badly. All the time our Lord had sharp thorns (some a couple inches long) piercing into His skull, which had been driven in with the soldiers rod. Read for yourself my friend what Jesus suffered FOR YOU, TO PAY FOR YOUR HORRIBLE SINS (AND MINE), and weep:
Mark 15:16-19, “And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.”
The ungodly solders called the whole group together. This was a special occasion. It wasn't every day that ungodly sinners had the opportunity to brutally beat the only begotten Son of God, and they were going to make Him pay! Satan filled their hearts. It was their chance to get even with God, unleashing all their hatred and bitterness upon His dear only begotten Son! They mocked Jesus, placing a makeshift crown of thorns upon His head, and then driving it into His skull with a reed (a bamboo stick); they spit upon our blessed Savior, mocking Him, saying facetiously with contempt, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
John 19:1-4, “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.”
The cruel soldiers stripped the Lord naked, held Him down against the wooden cross, and drove sharpened rusty spikes through Jesus' hands and feet, as He cried out in horrific pain. His body trembled in shock. His body was covered with sweat, blood and dirt. The Son of God was now nailed to a cross. He Who gave away everything He ever owned, was now giving away His very life FOR THE SINFUL WORLD! He Who knew no sin, was now being crucified, so “that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
The self-righteous crowd railed on Him, saying:
Mark 15:29-32, “And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.”
The watching crowd reviled Him, speaking negatively about the sinless Lamb of God. The chief priests also reviled Him. The two thieves also railed against Him. In His darkest hour, when all His strength was gone, and His heart sunk in loneliness and despair, Christ exclaimed: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46b). Jesus did that FOR YOU dear reader! John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” All you need to do is BELIEVE the 'GOOD NEWS' and you'll have eternal life!
The Satanic Lie of Jim Caviezel That Mary is The Co-Redemptrix!
The actor (Jim Caviezel) who starred as Jesus in the movie, The Passion Of Christ, made a Satanic tribute to the Virgin Mary. Jim Caviezel literally calls Mary: “Mary the co-redemptrix!” with Jesus. Jim is telling a bold LIE of the Devil. Mary did not partake in any way of our redemption. Mary was a sinner, just like you and myself, and she needed to trust her own son as her Savior, or she would have went to Hell. Mary called Jesus, “MY SAVIOUR”! Luke 1:46-47, “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Have you received Jesus as your Savior too dear reader? John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Where in the world did Jim Caviezel get the crazy idea that Mary helped Christ redeem the human race? I'll tell you, the idea comes from the Satanic Roman Catholic church! What saith the Scripture? 1st Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Did you read that friend? The inspired Words of God declare that there is only ONE MEDIATOR, not two! There is “ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS”!!!
For these reasons and more I do not sanction The Passion Of Christ film, but I did see it when it first came out, and wept. In fact, thousands of lost sinners have been saved as a result of the film's influence. Granted, a person can only be born-again of “incorruptible seed” (1st Peter 1:23), but God can use anything to lead a person to the truth. I have had people tell me they came to Christ, after seeing all the Satanism promoted in the music and television industry. That compelled them to believe that the Word of God must be true!
I tell you with all Biblical authority—Mary did not die on the cross for your sins! Mary doesn't have the nail-scarred hands and feet! Mary did not give Jesus the strength He needed to go to the cross! Mary has NO PART in the redemption of mankind. ONLY Jesus Himself made redemption possible! Thank God for the precious blood of Jesus, that washes our sins away as believers! ...
“Now the blood is what makes you right! Only the blood balances the scales. The blood as far as your standing with God is concerned, balances the scales when you put your faith in Christ. As far as your relationship with God is concerning, the blood balances the scales when you confess your sins.” —Dr. Jack Hyles (a quote from the awesome 1991 mp3 sermon, “How To Be Right With God.”
Please don't let the Roman (or Russian Orthodox) Catholic cult take you to Hell when you die! The Word of God ought to be our ONLY authority in all matters of faith, morals, life and doctrine. ...
Colossians 2:6-8, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
The Scripture warns us to beware of the unbiblical teachings of men. The word “RUDIMENTS” refers to commonly accepted heathen teachings; such as, the hypothesis of Evolution and secular psychology. Roman Catholicism would fall under the “TRADITIONS OF MEN.” Jim Caviezel is woefully deceived by the Devil.
What makes me sad and really frustrated is when I see Independent Baptist churches being deceived by Satan, who have no excuses! There are many deceptions creeping into the churches today (e.g., Zionism, dispensational teaching, replacement theology, PreWrath rapture, Christians spending time in the Lake of Fire, feminist theology, oneness theology, reprobate doctrine, confessing Christ to be saved, et cetera); but the biggest three major deceptions are: The Satanic modern Bible perversions, Calvinism (aka, Lordship Salvation), and turning from sins to be saved (i.e., reformation before regeneration). As Pastor Jack Hyles says: The church is our feeding trough, not a ritual. So if a church is feeding from the garbage (corruptible seed), then you are going to get spiritually sick. I am so disgusted with the Bob Jones University crowd and their sanctioning of Satan's corruptible seed!
Judas Iscariot Said: “WHAT WILL YE GIVE ME?”
Jesus was falsely accused by Judas, the Scribes, the Pharisees and the Jews. The entire matter was fraudulent from the very beginning, as crooked as a dog's hind leg! The soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas betrayed Him with a kiss, for 30 pieces of silver. I heard a disturbing Bible verse yesterday, which jumped out at me when I heard it—Matthew 26:14-15, “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.” What a horrible person! Judas asked the ungodly Pharisees: “WHAT WILL YE GIVE ME?”
Woe unto the person who always has their hand out, wanting money! I love giving things away, and always will, which is Christ in me. Psalms 37:21, “The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.” Ephesians 4:28, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” A righteous person loves to give to others, especially to help the needy. Don't be like Judas who said: “WHAT WILL YE GIVE ME?” That type of covetous thinking is a slippery slope!
Today's Bible colleges are in business for the money, not THE TRUTH!
Jesus Was Miraculously Born of a Virgin
To begin, let us consider that Jesus was born of a virgin, having God alone as His biological Father. Joseph was Jesus Dad who raised Him, but not His biological Father. In fact, Jesus did have God's divine blood flowing in His veins. Beware of Dr. John MacArthur, who openly denies that Jesus had divine blood in His body! Jesus was born of a virgin. Thus, He had no earthly father and of necessity must have had God's divine blood flowing in His veins. Jesus was 100% a human being, yet he was also 100% God in the flesh!
Jesus Christ is Sinless
Let us consider that our majestic Savior was without sin. Jesus never sinned, not even one time! 1st Peter 2:21-22, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” Woe unto the ungodly producers of vile Hollywood movies; such as, The Last Temptation Of Christ, The DaVinci Code, and Jesus Christ Superstar, which portray Him as a fornicator and a sinner. Jesus never though a sinful thought. His feet never trod where they ought not go. Jesus' hands never touched anything sinful. Jesus never looked at something with sinful lust. Our Lord was perfect, as a Lamb without spot nor blemish. JESUS IS THE SINLESS LAMB OF GOD. John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” If Jesus had sinned even one time, He would have been corrupted and damned to Hell Himself, and not acceptable as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. Luke 3:22, “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” We have a perfect Savior!
The ungodly Pharisees delivered Jesus into the hands of Pilate, demanding that He be crucified. The Jews cried out in their hatred: “CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!” Notice Pilate said repeatedly that he: FOUND NO FAULT IN JESUS! John 19:4 and 6, “Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. ... When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.” Our Savior was an innocent man, cruelly murdered by a frenzied mob of Jews in whom SATAN HATH FILLED THEIR HEART! Just as Satan filled the heart of Ananias to lie to the Holy Ghost (Acts 5:3), so also did Satan fill the heart's of the wicked Jews to kill an innocent man.
Jesus was an innocent man, who never hurt anybody; yet the world hated Him without cause, because He was good and the manifestation of God. If the world hates Jesus, then they also hate God, because God has revealed Himself to the world in the person of Jesus Christ. JESUS IS GOD ALMIGHTY!!!
If you want to be a good Christian, live in John chapter 19, which is all about Christ's crucifixion. Our Lord was betrayed by one of His own, Judas Iscariot. Judas did not lose his salvation, for he was never saved at all. John 6:70 says that Judas had a devil in him. Satan filled Judas' heart to betray Christ. Beware dear reader, and learn an important lesson hear—anyone is vulnerable to Satanic thoughts! Even the apostle Peter tried to hinder Jesus from going to the cross. Peter was sincere. Peter loved Jesus and meant to do good. Yet, we see that amidst the goodness, sincerity and love for Christ that Satan filled his heart (mark 8:33).
Testament Salvation Was By Faith Alone
(Romans 3:21b, 'righteousness of God without the law')
Luke 5:26, “And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.”
We All Deserve to Go Directly to Hell Forever!
What we deserve as sinner reminds me of the popular game Monopoly that we used to play with my Mom while growing up. If at your turn, you selected an unfortunate card (as pictured to the left and right), it said to: “GO TO JAIL - Go Directly to Jail - DO NOT PASS GO - DO NOT COLLECT $200.” Well friend, that is what we deserve as sinner. God would have every right to say to every sinner: “GO TO HELL - Go Directly to Hell - DO NOT PASS THE GRAVE - DO NOT COLLECT ETERNAL LIFE.” It is only because of our GOOD GOD, Who loved us enough (in His incredible mercy) to send His only begotten Son into the world to die on a lonely and cruel cross, that we can have such a grand hope of living forever! Yet, foolish ungodly people by the billions scorn and scoff at God's mercy, mocking His only begotten Son Who was sacrificed to pay for that gift, so that we could simply take it for free. They sinfully reject the free grace of God.
Dear reader, you will have NO ONE to blame in eternity except yourself if you die in your sins without a Savior! 2nd Timothy 2:13, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” We have all done shameful things in our life! We are all woeful sinners. The Bible says that the ONLY DIFFERENCE between humans is that some of our sins are known beforehand (e.g., people in prison), but other human's sins will follow them into eternity and be revealed then. No one can escape or hide the things they've done wrong in life. It may have been a horrible sin that you committed over 50 years ago, but it is fresh in God's mind, awaiting judgment. 1st Timothy 5:24, “Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” Humans grow older, time lessens the severity of a crime, but God does not age nor does He forget over time. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can wash a man's sins away and protect him from God's wrath on eternity. Romans 5:9, “ But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
Forgiveness of Sins and Eternal Life are a Gift
If you've never been born again dear reader, then now is the time to believe upon the name of Jesus Christ, that your sins will be blotted out forever and you can know that your name is written in Heaven. Christ died for your sins! You are a sinner by nature and by choice (and so am I). Jesus took your sins upon Himself on the cross, bearing the shame and the punishment that you and I justly deserve. Christ went to the cross and paid the penalty for our sins with His blood. Jesus paid a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a staggering debt that we could not pay!
The Word of God promises that if you will simply BY FAITH receive Jesus' sacrifice on the cross as PAYMENT for your sins, then God will give to you ETERNAL LIFE! Simply take God at His Word as recorded in the Holy Bible. By simple childlike faith, God will transfer Christ's righteousness as payment to your account, and transfer your sins to Christ's account. This is known theologically as IMPUTATION. What a Savior! Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.”
The choice is yours alone to make dear reader—What will you do with Jesus?
ABOVE: A sunrise photo I took at Asan Beach in Guam on July 7, 2019
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BELOW: Three sunrise photos I took at Asan Beach on July 8, 2019
Mark 11:22, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
Souls Are Dying!
How Permanent Is Your Salvation?
(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Hank Lindstrom, 1940-2008)
Mark 1:15: “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)
Ye Must Be Born Again! | You Need HIS Righteousness!