Blood of the Atonement Part 2
The outer court experience of the paschal lamb
For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 1Peter 1:18
As we examine the cross, we will see a very vivid image of the finished work of Christ. In Isaiah 53 we see the Passover lamb who had no spot or blemish in him. He was sent from heaven to be the express image of God Himself, yet he laid aside his robes of deity to take on the form of man. “Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.” Phil 2 6-8
He was love personified in word and deed. In his teachings, he came to share with us God’s will for man in the earth which is his love story to us. In his life he became obedient to the death of the cross so that we might be fully reconciled back to the Father. Verse 3: He died so that we might choose him. “He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him” Christ became 100% man, yet he was 100% God. This suffering servant had none of the benefits of his deity in life or death. He became subject to everything you and I face in this life (as a common man) along with our human limitations. In other words, he did not cheat his way to the cross when it came to pay the full price for yours and my redemption. He overcame all through his faith in God, he became our perfect example of obedience on this side of eternity. We see that God put the iniquity of the whole world upon him. Isaiah 53: 3-5:
He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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.
Every kind of sorrow and pain, and every imaginable, and unimaginable, sickness and disease were represented on the cross. Christ bore the mental pressures of sin and all the effects of the curse were upon him. He himself knew no sin but he was under the pressures of the iniquity of us all. We can see a vivid image of this portrayed in the garden of Gethsemane. “And being in an ‘agony’ he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:44)
He was scourged: They used flag rum (a short whip) with sheep bones and metal balls tied on the end of heavy leather thongs. Christ would have been stripped of his clothing tied to a flogging post. Jesus suffered deep cuts in his body with each blow, leading to great blood loss and eventual circulatory shock. This was design to get confessions out of “guilty people”, so you beat them until they confess. What would Jesus need to confess being an innocent man? Imagine every ounce of strength going into each blow breaking off his flesh, across his back, his legs and arms at least 39 that we know about. As that soldier pulled away from his body, parts of flesh would be taken with it. He had no food, no water, and no sleep. They made jokes about the condition of his body and still after all of this they made the master carry his own cross until his body collapse in shock from pain and loss of blood.
One man of God says that Jesus shed his blood seven different times:
- The crown of thorns: Matthew 27:29-30
- They plucked his beard Isaiah 50:6
- He was flogged Matthew 27:26
- His hands were pierced with the nails Psalm 22:16
- His feet were pierced with nails Psalm 22:16
- The stress on him was so bad His sweat became as blood Luke 22:44
- His side was thrust. John 19:34
Psalm 22:1 also gives us a glimpse of his sufferings on the cross. Jesus said My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? The bible says Jesus was groaning in his pain. GROAN is to have a deep mournful sound, uttered in pain, sorrow or anguish. It is something that cannot be understood but can be sensed and felt. You know the pain, but it is so great you cannot express it in words. Is it when one is under such duress and agony that they cannot speak. It is the type of pressure that will make one lose their conscious state. Jesus not only suffered physically but within he felt alone in his death. He had always been in constant fellowship with His Father and for the first time there was no fellowship. It had been cut off because of the sin laid upon him. Imagine a mother who had never been separated from her child having to face the reality that there was nothing she could do about it. There is extreme loneliness and a feeling of abandonment that child feels. This somewhat explains what Jesus must have been feeling on the cross. The pressures of sin and sickness were laid upon him and the result was God rejecting him.
When they finally got him to Golgotha’s hill and drove the large roman nails in his hands and feet. His cross was dropped down into that hole and his body jolted by the impact of the fall. As he was suspended in air, the weight of his body coming down upon his lungs forced him to grasp for each breath until he could no longer withstand its weight. Jesus suffocated and possibly suffered a stroke from all the pain and suffering. As he hung on that cross, they were casting lots for his vesture. He still managed to view them with love in his eyes saying, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” They offered him wine and vinegar to drink but he refused it because he wanted to pay the full price. I can sense that eternal love in the atmosphere that would bring the most hardened sinner to his knees in repentance. Through his chastisement, we found peace. Through his stripes, we were healed, and through his alienation from God, we were reconciled to the Father. One of the soldiers that crucified him, witnessing the events of that day said, “Truly this was the Son of God.” As the master took his final breaths, He uttered the words that rang through eternity past, present, and future, it is finished!