What is the significance of the cross , how and in What manner we look at it?
Most of the Christian houses where the same can be seen and is hanged on the wall.
Who is there on the cross,it’s obvious we say Jesus.what is the side of Cross in front of our eyes.again it’s obvious the front side.
Front side of Cross ,front side of Jesus hanged on the cross.His body’s front side covered with blood everywhere on his body from head ,hands his feets.,everywhere on his body.
Does anybody seen the back part or we have ever turned the cross back.
I know very few have noticed it and have seen those marks on the back of Jesus.
Now I will take you back again into the scriptures where this unforgettable story of Cross is mentioned.
If we read ,Matthew 27:34-48,about the crucification of Jesus , The trauma, the and sufferings,when people were insulting him ,spiting on him, he had gone through.
Pain and long sufferings he went through as a human flesh.
Matthew 27:35 “And they crucified him”,and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
The word “crucified” is the Greek word staurao, from the word stauros, which describes an upright, pointed stake that was used for the punishment of criminals.
This word was used for the criminals who were given punishments.
Crucification was the most cruelest form.of punishment in the days of Jesus and in the ancient times.
This punishment given to the criminals whereas Christ got this without committing any crime, he was innocent and wasn’t done any crime, for what he was given this punishment ,and he had gone through all this.
If we look into the 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.”
whereas it’s a reference of sacrifice of lambs blood.for remission of sins.Exodus 12 :7,13-14.
God said in verse 13 that the blood should be on your door post , whoever has this blood marks will be saved .
For us, Realize imagine if it would have been done with you or your closed one what will the impact of this on your life.
Could you bear this.
Jesus had not uttered a single word in his self defense ,nor there was any lawyer in his defense ,who can proof that he is innocent.
If you or me were given this kind of punishment in these days,we would have been gathered Number of lawyers and witnesses for our defence as it can be seen in today’s world.
It’s hard to imagine the level of hatered for Jesus,as they know and even Pilate also that Jesus is innocent.
I was talking about the back side of Jesus which we have not closely seen ,his front side was in the front of our eyes,through that we have noticed how much blood he shed.
Look behind his back side ,his back was frayed and teared. According to the Jews Law in Deutronomy This is commanded that the maximum punishment of forty stripes to be given to the accused.
Which also said by paul in 2 Corinthians 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.According to records, the Roman scourge has three leather ropes attached to a wood handle. Each length of rope would measure about three feet and on each length there would be a number of bone pieces attached at intervals of every three inches. The bone was reputedly cut from lamb pelvis. Shaped as cubes, they had a hole drilled through it for the leather lash to run through. The pieces of bone were secured in position with knots and they would chip and crack as someone was whipped. This gave them sharp edges and they would cut deeply. Skin would definitely be broken and flesh torn out. In place of bone, metal may also be used.
Jesus was under Roman rule and handed over by the Jews,to be punished.Unfortunately , He got two different punishments combined. As far as we can tell, nobody was ever sentenced to scourging and crucifixion. Pilate only did the scourging as a Roman Law because he didn’t find any guilty in him whereas the Jews ask for Christ’s crucification because they wanted to kill Jesus.
As there is no was no biblical evidence that Jesus got 40 lashes.
But according to old Roman law Or Moses Law in Deutronomy 25:1-3 gives the details for the punishment.
Imagine when these lashes dragged the across Jesus Christ’s body in a whipping motion. The piece of metal or bone shredded Jesus Christ’s flesh as the soldier whipped it across Jesus Christ’s body.
Sometimes we fail to stop and think about how evilly He was treated by those He came to save.
But his punishment was prophesised if we look into (Isaiah 53:3-10),Verse 5 says “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”How wonderfully Apostle Paul described the meaning of cross in 1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.18) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Yes for us who are saved through the scourging of lashes he bore on his body ,through his wounds he got on his body and above all the his blood the blood of the lamb without blemishes poured on us .As Jesus was also without blemishes.it’s a Major and important sign on our heart as it was a sign in Exodus 12:7 blood of the lamb on the door post as saved.
The Revelation revealed the Importance if his blood and his Judgement on the Judgement day.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
He is with us in the form of Word of God as it is said in Revelation 19:13,And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.16) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Jesus who were innocent and without any blemishes ,our hatered crucified him.
If we see in today’s world we are still doing the same thing ,every day we do sins and crucified him.
It’s time to understand the importance of his sacrifice ,his blood through which he washed us from all our iniquities.
Still he says in Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
He also says if anybody Listens his voice in ,Revelation 3:20-21 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Lord Jesus I pray that each and every soul saved through his blood .and grow in his wisdom and knowledge ,his Mercy and Grace .Amen.