The Sufferings of Jesus Christ

Luke 24:45-46 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

After Jesus Christ was raised from the dead he appeared to two men on the road to Emmaus and "expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." The Scripture in Isaiah foretold of the suffering that Jesus Christ was to endure:

He was to be beaten so badly that he would no longer look like a man! Jesus Christ knew God's Word. He knew that this was going to happen to him if he was to fulfill the Scripture. No wonder he prayed three times to the Father prior to his arrest - asking if there were another way to go. Yet he obeyed God's Word and carried out God's Will rather than his own.

Sins Covered:

Jesus Christ knew the Word of God and he had been telling his disciples what was going to happen for many days prior to his arrest:

The record of over 40 hours of suffering:

He was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives late Monday night: (Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12)

He appeared before the high priest Annas late Monday night. During this "trial" one of the Temple guard "struck Jesus with the palm of his hand." This phrase is translated from the one Greek word, rhapisma, which means to beat repeatedly with a whip like cane.: (John 18:13-23)

He appeared before the high priest Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin (the ruling 70) in a "night trial" late Monday night - very early Tuesday morning. During this "trial" they spit in his face and buffeted him [to beat repeatedly with fists] and again "smote him with the palms of their hands" - to beat with a cane or rod. They blindfolded him and beat him on the face asking him to prophesy who smote him: (Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, Luke 22:54-65, John 18:24-27)

He appeared a second time before the ruling 70 (Sanhedrin council) around daybreak for a "morning trial" on Tuesday: (Matthew 27:1, Mark 15:1, Luke 22:66-71)

He appeared before the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, early Tuesday morning after daybreak: (Matthew 27:2, Mark 15:1, Luke 23:1-6, John 18:28-38)

He appeared before the Roman ruler of Galilee, Herod Antipas, Tuesday morning. Herod took off his clothing and dressed him in a bright ornate robe to mock his claim of kingship.: (Luke 23:7-12)

He appeared again before Pontius Pilate later on Tuesday morning. During this trial, Pilate tried to release him by appealing to the Judeans present three times. Pilate had him beaten with rods [scourged- with a whip that had pieces of metal or bone in the end] and he had the soldiers place a crown of thorns on his head and again smote him with rods. They put a second purple "royal looking" robe on him and mocked him:(Matthew 27:11-25, Mark 15:2-14, Luke 23:13-23, John 18:39-19:15)

He was finally sentenced by Pontius Pilate around noon (John 19:14) on Tuesday (Matthew 27:26, Mark 15:15, Luke 23:24-25, John 19:16)

Finally, he was tortured and mocked by a whole band ["cohort"=four to six hundred] Roman soldiers from around noon on Tuesday until he was led to be crucified early Wednesday morning. This torture included repeated beatings with a stick, braiding a second crown of thorns which they placed on his head and then beat into his head with a reed, ripping off his blood soaked clothing and replacing it for the third and then a fourth time with a Roman military cloak and then finally with his own original clothing, and mocking his claim of kingship: (Matthew 27:26-31, Mark 15:15-20)

Certainly, by this time he no longer resembled a human being - his visage more marred than any man.

He was led to be crucified on Wednesday morning: ( Matthew 27:32-34, Mark 15:20-23, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:16-17)

He hung crucified on the tree from approximately 9 a.m. Wednesday morning until 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon (Matthew 27:35-49, Mark 15:24-36, Luke 23:33-46, John 19:18-30)

He died about 3 p.m. Wednesday: Matthew 27:50-54, Mark 15:37-39, Luke 23:45-48, John 19:30-37)

From his arrest until his death was a period of approximately forty hours. During this time he was utterly humiliated, illegally "tried," savagely tortured, and relentlessly mocked. - quoted from Jesus Christ Our Passover - by Victor Paul Wierwille

The Scripture fulfilled

Acts 3:18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

The sufferings of Jesus Christ for us are now a past tense reality. He has fulfilled all that the Scripture foretold!

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25

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