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Friday, April 22 2016

The Day That The LORD Was Crucified

The reality of the Holy Bible is that "the LORD God" was and is Jesus Christ (see By Him Were All Things Created and The Christian Universe). The LORD's calendar was created before any humans existed (Genesis 1:14-19). Nisan is the first month of the LORD's calendar. It was declared at the first Passover (Exodus 12:2).

Nisan 14 began with the "Last Supper," which was actually "the Last Passover" (see Nisan 14: How Did The Messiah Observe His Last Passover?). The Messiah then went out to the nearby Mount of Olives where He was seized by agents of the religious council and abused through the night. In the morning, they turned Him over to the Roman occupation forces with false charges of sedition ("an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government"). The Messiah was Crucified in the afternoon of Nisan 14. The Body was placed in the Tomb just before sunset as Nisan 15 was about to begin (see What Time Did Jesus Die?).

The Holy Scriptures provide a detailed documentation of the events of Nisan 14.

The Kidron Valley

"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?].

26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness [see also What's The Bible Word For False Prophet?] against Jesus, to put him to death; 26:60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none.

At the last came two false witnesses, 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days [see The Jonah Prophecies].

26:62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

26:63 But Jesus held his peace.

And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven [see Looking Up To The Messiah: How And When?].

26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. 26:66 What think ye?

They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, 26:68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?" (Matthew 26:57-68 KJV)

In the early morning, after they sadistically tortured and abused Him through the night, they sent the Messiah to Pontius Pilate, the local Roman governor. At that same time occurred the only justice of that day - the hanging of the traitor Judas (see Did Judas Iscariot Repent?).

Judas Iscariot

"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.

27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood [see Innocent Blood].

And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple [see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty], and departed, and went and hanged himself.

27:6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

27:7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 27:8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

27:9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; 27:10 And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me." (Matthew 27:1-10 KJV)

The Romans then continued the torture - again, cowards abusing and beating a bound prisoner. In their mockery of the King (see The Patriotism Prophecy), they inflicted the infamous "crown of thorns" upon Him.

"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)

Pontius Pilate knew without doubt that Jesus of Nazareth was innocent (everyone did - see Innocent Blood) - and publicly declared Him so, as he presented the Messiah before the frenzied 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!

19:6 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.

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." (John 19:4-7 KJV)

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."

False Witnesses

"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?

19:11 Jesus answered, 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." (John 19:8-11 KJV)

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" (see also The Caesar Questions). Pilate then relented and ordered the Messiah crucified (see also Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?).

"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.

19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.

19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.

Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King?

The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away." (John 19:12-16 KJV)

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.

Golgatha

"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.

19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 19:20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

19:22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written." (John 19:17-21 KJV)

While waiting for Him to die, the soldiers further mocked Him, and looted His clothing - exactly as prophesied long before (see also David's View From The Cross).

"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.

19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did." (John 19:23-24 KJV)

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 The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth).

"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 Crucifixion

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 Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand) 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 [see also The Linen Of The Saints] 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 actual "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?
See Why Observe The True Sabbath?


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This Day In History, April 22

238: The Year of the Six Emperors: The Roman Senate outlawed emperor Maximinus Thrax and nominated two of its own Senators, Pupienus and Balbinus, to the throne of Rome (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

1124: Alexander I, king of Scotland, died. King from 1107, he was succeeded by his brother David.

1145: The 19th recorded passage of what is now known as Halley's Comet.

Comet Halley 1370: Construction began of the Bastille, a medieval fortress on the east side of Paris, at the order of Charles V.

1500: Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral, on a voyage to India, sailed far to the southwest and discovered Brazil, claiming it for Portugal. The land was first sighted earlier that year by a Spanish explorer, Vincente Yanes Pinzon, but he failed to claim it for Spain.

1509: Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England.

1519: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés established a "settlement" (i.e. a garrison) at Veracruz, Mexico.

1529: The Treaty of Saragossa, which divided Spanish and Portuguese interests in the Pacific Ocean, was signed.

1793: Prior to the U.S. becoming an imperial power itself, U.S. President George Washington issued a Proclamation of Neutrality for the U.S. to not become involved in the imperial wars between France and Britain. Washington recognized that France supported the rebellion of the New England colonies for no other reason than to reduce the British military presence in North America, so that France could eventually widen its own colonies in and from Louisiana in the south and eastern Canada in the north. France had no interest in anyone's "freedom" (while aiding the rebellion of the New England colonies, France tolerated no independence in any of its own colonies in North America). Washington repeatedly warned throughout his presidency, and later through his retirement years, against the U.S. ever becoming the very same sort of "rise and fall" imperial empire that Washington had just fought against. One of the greatest ironies of Washington's political legacy is that the capital city that is named after Washington became a worldwide symbol of the very same colonial imperialism that Washington himself actually detested and rebelled against.

1834: The Quadruple Alliance was formed by Britain, France, Portugal and Spain, supporting Isabella II's claim to the Spanish throne against Don Carlos.

1838: The British steamship Sirius became the first to cross the Atlantic from Britain to New York solely on steam power. The journey from Cork to New York took 18 days, 10 hours.

1889: Territory in Oklahoma, formerly the free lands of native American (the "Indians" didn't have a concept of owning land), was opened to white settlers. About 50,000 settlers rushed in on the first day.

1912: Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, began publication in Saint Petersburg.

1915: The Battle of Ypres (in Belgium) began. It was the first major battle for Canadian troops in the First World War. The Germans released chlorine gas (the first use in warfare), forcing the unprepared French army to retreat. The 1st Canadian Division and British troops rushed to halt the German advance. It took a week of fierce fighting and counterattacks involving more gas before the German attack was brought to a halt.

1933: Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of the English auto company Rolls-Royce, died.

1944: The British 1st Air Commando Group, using Sikorsky R-4 helicopters, became the first to use helicopters in combat.

1948: During the Israeli War of Independence (the "1948 Arab-Israeli War"), Haifa, the major port of Israel, was captured from Arab forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1991: Intel released the 486sx processor.

1994: Richard Nixon, who resigned the office of U.S. president due to the Watergate criminal investigations, died at age 81.

2005: Philip Morrison died at age 89. He was a prominent member of the "Manhattan Project" that developed the U.S. atomic bombs that incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Morrison later became popularly known from his book and PBS series entitled The Ring Of Truth.



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