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Saturday, March 26 2016
Matthew 27: The Crucifixion Of The Messiah
"And they spit upon Him ... and smote Him on the head ... And they crucified Him ... Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God"
The Messiah endured a night of abuse and torture at the hands of "the chief priests and elders of the people." It was the beginning of the day of the greatest mockery and perversion of justice ever (see The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob), but from it came the Lamb of God - and moreover, the Judge of the Salvation that His Sacrifice made possible for the repentant (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and What Does Mercy Really Mean?).
There was however one act of justice that day - the execution of the unrepentant traitor Judas Iscariot (see Did Judas Iscariot Repent?), albeit at his own hand.
"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 Messiah's appearance before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate produced another travesty of justice - a murderer was released in place of the Messiah (see Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?).
"27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?
The Roman troops then sadistically tortured the Messiah - and mocked the King with a crown of thorns. Some fearfully regretted what they did not long afterward ("Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God" verse 27, below), while others have their Judgment Day awaiting them ("Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." Revelation 1:7 KJV). Those who lusted to make others fear are themselves going to know the greatest fear of all.
"27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him." (Matthew 27:27-31 KJV)
The Messiah was beaten nearly to death before the execution itself began. Nevertheless, the Crucifixion was the Sacrifice that was prophesied and fulfilled on that day (see David's View From The Cross and The Sacrifice Was Given, Not Taken).
"27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
The Death of the Messiah happened at "the ninth hour" i.e. the ninth hour of the day, which is about 3 pm on a modern clock (see The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified). Many people witnessed the death - and the miracles that happened at that moment.
"27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The Burial of the Messiah was done by Joseph of Arimathaea and the repentant Pharisee Nicodemus (to whom the Messiah had given the famous "born again" teaching; see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). They completed the burial task just before sunset, thereby beginning the prophesied three days and three nights in the Tomb (see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
"27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
The still-unbelieving "chief priests and Pharisees" then had a guard placed on the Tomb so that the Resurrection could not be faked. In so doing, they themselves provided yet another proof that the Resurrection really did happen (see The Sign Cover Up).
"27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
Fact Finder: Where is the Messiah going to stand on the day of His return?
This Day In History, March 26
590: Emperor Maurice proclaimed his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire (the East Roman Empire).
1169: Salah ad-Di-n Yu-suf ibn Ayyu-b (commonly known in English as "Saladin"), the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, became the emir of Egypt (in Arabic, "emir" mean "commander," "general," or "prince"; see also What Does The Bible Say About Arabs? and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1344: During the "Reconquest of Spain" by Church of Rome's "Christian" forces from the Muslims (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Siege of Algeciras (a city in Spain), ended. It was one of the earliest European battles where gunpowder was used.
1552: Guru Amar Das became the Third Sikh Guru.
1636: Utrecht University was founded in the Netherlands.
1780: The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa, Israel (see also The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter).
1812: An earthquake destroyed Caracas, Venezuela.
1827: Ludwig von Beethoven, German composer, one of the greatest composers in history, died. He wrote many of his finest works after he had become totally deaf.
1830: The anti-Biblical "Book of Mormon" was published, in Palmyra, New York.
1902 Cecil Rhodes died at age 49. The English-South African businessman and politician was the 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (South Africa)
1917: British cavalry fought Ottoman/Turkish forces at the Battle of Gaza (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1921: The racing schooner Bluenose was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Captained by Angus Walters, it raced 5 times for the North American fisherman's championships and was never beaten. It also served as a working fishing boat. Sold during the Second World War, it was wrecked near Haiti in 1946. It is commemorated on the Canadian dime.
1938: Herman Goering (one of Adolf Hitler's henchmen) warned all Jews to leave Austria.
1942: Under orders from Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the Nazis began transporting Jews to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland.
1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine against polio.
1971: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared East Pakistan the independent republic of Bangladesh.
1973: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt took over the premiership, saying, "the stage of total confrontation [with Israel] has become inevitable" (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1979: At the White House, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt signed the Camp David peace treaty to end 30 years of war between the two countries (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1997: Police in Rancho Santa Fe, California, discovered 39 people (18 men, 21 women) of a cult (see Is Your Church A Cult?) who committed suicide in a rented mansion; indications were that after death they were expecting to be picked up by a spaceship that their leader told them was following Comet Hale-Bopp that was then visible.