What happened at the crucifixion of Jesus?

Author: BibleAsk Team


The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

The details of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was recorded in all four gospels. The chief priests of Israel falsely accused the Son of God and together with Pilate sentenced Him to death by crucifixion (Luke 23). Crucifixion was a regarded as the most horrible form of capital punishment, and to a Jew it would acquire greater horror from the curse (Deuteronomy 21:23).

This Roman punishment began by subjecting the sufferer to scourging. Pilate ordered that Jesus would be scourged for the purpose of producing pity to avoid a demand for further punishment (John 19:1). The beatings administered by Roman soldiers are well known to be very bloody, leaving lacerations all over the body. After the scourging, Jesus was ordered to carry His own cross to the place of execution, Golgotha (John 19:17).

At the crucifixion site, the Roman soldiers put the nails in Christ’s hands and feet (John 20:25), which caused Him severe, excruciating and burning pain. And He fulfilled the prophecy, “Dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet. I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me. They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture” (Psalm 22:16-18). The prophecy concerning His garments was fulfilled by the Romans soldiers when they cast lots over His garments (Matthew 27:35).

Christ hung on the cross for about six hours (Mark 15:24–25; Matthew 27:45). And He uttered words of love, comfort, forgiveness and submission from the cross, including “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). His prayer would not, in itself, however, remove the guilt of His tormentors and all of humanity if there is nor repentance.

As Jesus experienced the full wrath of God on sinners and the separation it causes, He “cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45,46). These same words were prophesied in Psalm 22:1. By His crucifixion, Christ tasted the second death for every sinner.

Then, Christ said, “I thirst!” and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth” (John 19:28). By this, He fulfilled another prophecy that says, “Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They gave Me also gall for My meat; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink” (Psalm 69:20, 21).

At the crucifixion, Jesus was placed between two “criminals” (Luke 23:32), fulfilling the prophecy “He was numbered with the transgressors“(Isaiah 53:12) and was watched by a party of four soldiers (Matthew 27:36, 54), with their centurion.

Just before His death, the Son of God uttered, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit’” (Luke 23:46) and “It is finished!” Then, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit (John 19:30). Thus, the Savior completed the work of saving mankind (John 4:34). “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

The Savior drank the last drops in the cup of human woe. He had relied upon the evidence of His Father’s acceptance for He understood His justice, His mercy, and His great love. By faith, He rested in God whom it had ever been His joy to obey. As He committed Himself to Father, the sense of the loss of His Father’s favor was withdrawn and by faith, the Redeemer was victorious over all the powers of darkness.

At the end of the crucifixion, the Roman soldiers broke the legs of the two thiefs, who were crucified with the Redeemer. But when they came to the Christ and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. The “breaking of the legs” of the crucified was intended to hasten death, and put them out of misery (John 19:31). But the omission of the breaking of Jesus’ legs was the fulfillment of a symbol (Exodus 12:46). However, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out (John 19:32-34).

Jesus died of a broken heart (Luke 19:33) which was due to His previous sufferings but mostly to His great mental anguish. As Jesus bore the sins of humanity, He was separated from His Holy Father. And this separation caused Him the greatest pain which ruptured His heart, and hence the flowing of blood and water from the wound made by the soldier’s spear (John 19:34).  https://bibleask.org/jesus-christ-die/

By His crucifixion, Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy: “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4,5).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life/”

John 3:16

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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