- When I was a young boy and first came to know Christ as my own Savior, I was young in the Lord at the time. I had just given my heart to Jesus. I didn’t know much about the crucifixion. I just knew that Jesus had died for me. When I was saved in Tulsa Oklahoma at a concert that Don Francisco was playing for, I gave my heart to the Lord.
- I then came home and got rooted in a little Bible believing church called Calvary Baptist Church. There I learned the Bible. I learned all about who Jesus Christ the man was, and who the people were that crucified him. I’m so thankful for all of the education that I received at Calvary Baptist Church. It has molded and shaped me into the man I am today, the pastor of the Little House of Hope and Prayer. Now let us proceed to find out why Christ was crucified on the cross.
- Who is this man they call Jesus?
- He is God, and is known as the Word of God. John 1:1 and 2: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
This passage makes it very clear that Jesus is God. He wasn’t a creation of God. He was there from the beginning.
- He created the Heavens and the Earth. John 1:3: All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. Here again, we see that Jesus was not created, but is the creator. Nothing was created without him.
- He was the long awaited Messiah. Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. This is an Old testament prophecy concerning the coming Messiah who is Jesus Christ our Lord. This was given centuries before Jesus was born.
- He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24: A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Jesus is a friend you can call on any time and He’s always right there with you.
- What was His Reason for Leaving Heaven and Coming to Earth?
- Because God is Holy and can’t look upon sin, sin separates us from God, and also leads to death. Ezekiel 18:20: The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
- God loved you and I so much that He came to restore that relationship that was broken by sin, and give us eternal life. John 3;16-17:or God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He gave the ultimate sacrifice by carrying the sin of the whole world on His Shoulders, and dying on the cross to save us.
- He left the glories of Heaven, humbled Himself, died for us, and is now exalted in Heaven. Philippians 2:5-9: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: He’s the Name above all names. There is no other name whereby we can find salvation, healing, and freedom.
- When someone talks about the Godhead, what do they mean? Though the word trinity is not in the Bible, the word Godhead is, and refers to one God in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here are some scriptures to clarify this.
- Here is a prophecy about the birth of Jesus that refers to Him as the Mighty God and everlasting Father. Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
- Further ahead in Isaiah we see another indication of Jesus as God. Isaiah 44:6: Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
- Again here we see that in Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead. Colossians 2:9: For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
- Finally let’s look at a prayer of the Apostle Paul that ties all three together, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 2 Cotinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
- When He spoke, He spoke with authority and people listened. Here are some scriptures about the power and authority of Jesus.
- Matthew 7:28-29: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. They knew this was no ordinary preacher. They knew that when Jesus spoke, there was power and authority behind His Words.
- Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. This relates to what we discussed earlier about Jesus being God. All power and authority in heaven and Earth are His.
- Mark 1:27: nd they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. This again shows that Jesus has authority over all. No devil in Hell can prevail against Him. When He speaks, even they listen.
- Who was it that actually crucified Him?
- It was Jesus’ own People, the Jews that arrested Jesus and led Him to Pilate to be crucified. John 18:31-32: Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
- The people God had promised to send a Messiah to did not know who was in their midst. Luke 19:41-44: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. For centuries they had prayed for the promised Messiah to come. Many of them are still praying, not realizing that He already came. His Name was Jesus. They missed the time of their visitation. I would add that Jesus is here right now in this service. Are you enjoying His Love and Presence, or are you missing out on the time of His Visitation?
- What were His Last Words before He went to Heaven?
- He was giving the Great Commission just before ascending to Heaven. Matthew 28:19-20: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. He promised to always be with us, now and forever. Let’s win as many souls to Him as we can before the Trumpet Sounds and we’re called home.