The Mountains are Calling: Mount Calvary

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Easter Sunday. The day we celebrate and remember the promise fulfilled, the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after His crucifixion. In order to fully understand and appreciate the resurrection, we must first understand and appreciate the crucifixion and all that Jesus went through on Mount Calvary.

They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews. They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.

Mark 15:22-27

UNDERSTANDING THE ANGUISH OF JESUS ON THE CROSS

JESUS SUFFERED PHYSICAL ANGUISH ON THE CROSS

  • Jesus was beaten and flogged (Mark 14:65)
  • A crown of thorns was pressed on His head. (John 19:1)
  • He had to carry His own cross. (John 19:17)
  • Stretching out His hands on the cross, they drove nails into His hands. (Mark 15:24)
  • They drove nails into His feet and placed them on a platform so He could breathe. (Mark 15:24)
  • Jesus lasted six hours on the cross. (Matthew 27:45-50)

JESUS SUFFERED EMOTIONAL ANGUISH ON THE CROSS

  • Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. (Luke 22:48)
  • Peter denied Jesus three times. (Luke 22:60)
  • All the disciples abandoned Jesus. (Mark 14:50)
  • Jesus was tried and convicted by the religious leaders. (Luke 22:66)
  • Jesus was thrown into a dungeon before facing Herod and Pilate. (Matthew 26:57)

JESUS SUFFERED SPIRITUAL ANGUISH ON THE CROSS

  • At Jesus’ birth, wise men came to worship Him. (Matthew 2:1-2)
  • At Jesus’ baptism, the Lord said, “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
  • When Jesus prays, He prays to His Father in heaven. (Matthew 26:39)
  • On the cross, Jesus experienced separation from His Father. (Mark 15:34)

WHAT WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS

A SIGN WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS

There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

John 19:18-22

GOD’S SON WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS

Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Acts 2:22-24

OUR SIN WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Colossians 2:13-15

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