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Friday, April 6 2012
Nisan 14: The Sacrifice Of The Lamb Of God
The last day of the human lifetime of the Messiah (see What Does Word of God Mean To You? and Appearances Of The LORD God) was Nisan 14. The day began (keeping in mind that Biblical days begin and end at sunset) with His special observance of Passover, just after sunset (see Nisan 14: The Messiah's Manna), after which the Messiah and eleven of the twelve apostles crossed the Kidron Valley (see Crossing The Kidron) to the Mount of Olives (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin). There, the Messiah was seized by thugs from the Sanhedrin (the religious council; see also The Passed Over Pharisees) and returned to the city. His allowing Himself to be taken would begin the final stage, of that stage (see Setting The Stages Of Passover) of His assigned task from the Father. It would continue through the entire night, until His death, about mid-afternoon (see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week to understand that the Messiah was not crucified on the sixth day of the week).
"26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas [see Annas And Caiaphas] the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end [see also Why Was Peter Crucified?].
In the early morning, after torturing Him through the night (like any typical pack of cowards, a gang of them beat and abused a bound prisoner i.e. "they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands"), they sent the Messiah to Pontius Pilate, their Roman political master. At that same time occurred the only justice of that day - the hanging of Judas (see The Traitor In History And Prophecy).
"27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
The Romans then continued the torture - again, a pack of jackals abusing and beating a bound prisoner. In their mockery of the King, they inflicted the infamous "crown of thorns" upon Him (the Day is coming when they will all see Him again - wearing a very different Crown; see Legions Of Men And Angels).
"19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands." (John 19:1-3 KJV)
Pilate knew that Jesus of Nazareth was innocent - and publicly declared Him so, as he paraded the Messiah before the mob.
"19:4 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. 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
After hearing "the Son of God," Pilate became "more afraid," particularly when the Messiah said to him, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin."
"19:8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 19:9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
Pilate then frantically tried to get the mob's permission to release Jesus. Their reply however was as despicable as their actions: "We have no king but Caesar." Pilate then relented and ordered the Messiah crucified.
"19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
The Messiah was taken to a rock quarry just outside the city. A part of it was known as "the place of a skull" because a jagged rock wall had the appearance of a skull face. There, the Messiah was crucified.
"19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
While waiting for Him to die, the soldiers further mocked Him, and looted His clothing.
"19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
Nearly all of His disciples (which means student) and the apostles fled - except for the apostle John, John's mother, and John's mother's sister (i.e. John's aunt) - Mary, the mother of Jesus (both John the Baptist and the apostle John were cousins of Jesus - see Cousins John).
"19:25 Now there stood by the cross [see Crossing The T and the illustration below to understand what the Cross actually looked like] what of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." (John 19:25-27 KJV)
The Messiah died in mid/late afternoon of Nisan 14 - when the Passover lambs were being slaughtered for the beginning of Passover.
"19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost]." (John 19:28-30 KJV)
Nisan 14 was (and is) the Preparation Day for the First Day of Passover (also known as the First Day of Unleavened Bread) - an annual Sabbath (see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week).
"19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 19:32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced." (John 19:31-37 KJV)
Joseph of Arimathaea and a Pharisee, Nicodemus (to whom was given the famous "born again" and "John 3:16" teachings; see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and The Passed Over Pharisees) hurriedly prepared the Body for burial and got it into the Tomb just before sunset - where He would remain for three days and three nights.
"19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)
Fact Finder: When were the "three days and three nights" of the Messiah in the Tomb? According to the Holy Bible, was it actually just before sunset on a Wednesday to just before sunset on the weekly Sabbath?
This Day In History, April 6
646 BC: The earliest total solar eclipse recorded by humans was made, by the Greeks.
402: Alaric, chief of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), after invading Italy was defeated at Pollentia by Roman General Flavius Stilicho.
1199: King Richard I (Richard the Lion-hearted) of England was killed at age 41 by an arrow during the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.
1384: The Battle of Atoleiros, a Portuguese victory over the Castilians.
1663: King Charles II signed the Carolina Charter ("Carolina" is from Carolus, the Latin form of Charles).
1748: The ruins of Pompei, Italy, were discovered.
1814: Napoleon abdicated in favor of his young son, but Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain reject it; the French senate didn't recognize the child's title and called the Bourbon Louis XVIII to the throne instead. Napoleon then abdicated unconditionally and was sent into exile on the island of Elba.
1868: Mormon leader Brigham Young, 67, married his 27th, and last, wife. In all, his wives bore him 47 children.
1909: Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reached the North Pole.
1917: The United States declared war on Germany and entered the First World War. The war began the previous year, in 1916.
1939: Britain signed a military alliance with Poland. The Second World War began a few months later, in September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1965: The launch of "Early Bird," the first communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit i.e. with a counter-orbit of 24 hours so that it stays in the same position over the earth.
1998: Pakistan developed ballistic missiles for its nuclear arsenal.