The Crucifixion of Jesus

25 March

John 19:30; “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

TETELESTAIIT IS FINISHED’ – You can find this phrase listed in Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary with the following info – #G5055, “toend, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt) :- accomplish, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform.”

The Greek word for the phrase ‘It is finished’, is ‘tetelestai’. An interesting article on Bible.org defined it this way –

“Literally translated the word tetelestai means, “It is finished.” The word occurs in John 19:28 and 19:30 and these are the only two places in the New Testament where it occurs. … The word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show indicating that a bill had been paid in full. The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:

“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner…” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.”

The cross. It’s either hated and slandered, or cherished and revered. In the twenty-first century it’s seen its fair share of mankind using it in every vile way imaginable. At one time I wasn’t immune to showing contempt for it, and still cringe when I think upon the way I behaved. It wasn’t so much the physical item (a necklace I cut apart) that concerns me now, but the malice I carried in my heart for a relic I had sworn to be an enemy thereof. While swearing allegiance to a false god, I promised my leaders I’d never pay tribute to it, yet at the same time I’d secretly go out of my way to catch a glimpse of one atop the local town churches. It was a brutal existence.

No matter what the future holds in this world, the cross will forever stand as the symbol of what Christ Jesus did for mankind. PTL!

When we read our Bibles and come upon any word that speaks of Jesus’ death, it’d be impossible for the Christian not to think about the cross. It’s so integral in the gospel message, that it serves as a voice of warning for us to beware of pseudo-Christian groups who don’t embrace it as well (i.e., Mormons, JW’s, and Christian Scientists to name a few.).

The word ‘cross’ is in the Bible only 28 times, while some form of the word crucify is used 46 times. Still other verses speak of it as a foreshadowing to things not yet then known. (Deut. 21:23.) Although these specific words aren’t used as frequently as other words might be, the entire Bible points directly to this one event in history which clearly changed the way mankind marks the passage of time.

Today we’re looking at 59 fulfilled prophecies of Jesus’ sacrificial death for us on the cross. Without a doubt, the classic passages in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22, serve as benchmarks of Jesus’ future death and suffering. The time they were written makes it all the more remarkable! (BC 700 and BC 1000 respectively.)

Fulfilled prophecies are just one of the ways we can know, with assurance, the Bible is inspired of God. Their fulfillment testifies of His love, and serve as proof that what He says, will indeed come to pass.

Here we go – be blessed my friend! We’re praying you take time out of the busy days ahead to reflect and thank Him who loved us so much!

As a side note: For the Mormons & the two JW’s who showed up on my doorstep this week –

The English language doesn’t contain the correct word for the anguish in my heart for  you. I am so saddened each time I think about the spiritual void you don’t realize is there. As I just pointed out, the fulfilled prophecies are just one way to know we can trust God’s written word in the format we have it today.

I’m on my knees this holiday season praying you’ll at least ponder the scriptures listed below and wonder how they could all be wrong. I pray God will open your mind to being intellectually honest with yourself. I strongly encourage you to not just take my word for it, but investigate these things on your own through the use of dictionaries, and even history books.

Ask yourself;

What info did Joseph Smith use to determine the Bible is corrupt?

Where is the extraneous documentation, apart from the LDS Church, that proves Christianity turned into the whores of Babylon as it says in 1 Nephi 14:10?

While I know it’s frowned upon to go into Christian bookstores, there are libraries, and obviously the internet, at your disposal that can, and does provide reliable, honest information about historical events from around the world. 2 Timothy 2:15 says to study to show thyself approved and don’t be ashamed. Reading history books isn’t equivalent to reading porn. God wants for you to know who He is! Know that we’re praying for you!

Messiah Suffered while Reconciling Men to God

Genesis 3:15c

1 Peter 3:18

Messiah Sacrificed on Same Mountain God Tested Abraham

Genesis 22:14

Luke 23:33

Lamb without Blemish

Exodus 12:5

Hebrews 9:14

1Peter 1:19

Blood of the Lamb Saves from Wrath

Exodus 12:13

Romans 5:8

Christ is our Passover

Ex. 12:21-27

1Corinthians 5:7

Not a Bone of the Lamb Broken

Exodus 12:46

John 19:31-36

The Blood-the life of the Flesh

Leviticus 17:11

Matthew 26:28

Mark 10:45

Christ’s Death for Us Fulfilled Scripture

Leviticus 23:10-11

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Cursed is He who Hangs on a Tree

Deuteronomy 21:23

Galatians 3:13

Christ, our Kinsman, Redeemed Us

Ruth 4:4-10

Ephesians 1:3-7

Messiah Cried Out to God

Psalm 22:1a

Matthew 27:46

Forsaken by God

Psalm 22:1b

Mark 15:34

Messiah, Anguished, would Pray without Ceasing

Psalm 22:2

Matthew 26:38-39

Oppressed and Afflicted

Psalm 22:2

Matthew 26:38-39

Messiah Mocked, People Shake Their Heads

Psalm 22:7

Matthew 27:39

Mockers would say, “He Trusted God, Let Him Deliver Him”

Psalm 22:8

Matthew 27:41-43

Messiah Surrounded by Evil Spirits

Psalm 22:12-13

Colossians 2:15

Messiah’s Heart Burst, Flowing with Blood & Water

Psalm 22:14a

John 19:34

Messiah Crucified

Psalm 22:14b

Matthew 27:35

Messiah would Thirst

Psalm 22:15a

John 19:28

Messiah would Thirst Shortly before Death

Psalm 22:15b

John 19:30

Pierced Hands and Feet

Psalm 22:16

John 20:25

Messiah Surrounded by Gentiles at Crucifixion

Psalm 22:16a

Luke 23:36

Messiah Surrounded by Jews at Crucifixion

Psalm 22:16b

Matthew 27:41-43

Messiah’s Hands and Feet Pierced

Psalm 22:16c

Matthew 27:38

Messiah’s Bones Won’t Be Broken

Psalm 22:17

John 19:33

None of Messiah’s Bones Broken

Psalm 22:17a

John 19:32-33

People Stared at Messiah During Crucifixion

Psalm 22:17b

Luke 23:35

Messiah’s Garments Divided

Psalm 22:18a

Matthew 27:35

John 19:23-24

Lots Cast for Messiah’s Clothes

Psalm 22:18b

John 19:23-24

Acquaintances Fled from Him

Psalm 31:11

Mark 14:50

None of the Messiah’s Bones  Broken

Psalm 34:20

John 19:32-33

False Witnesses Rose Up Against Him

Psalm 35:11

Matthew 26:59

Messiah Offered Gall and Vinegar

Psalm 69:20-21a

Matthew 27:34

Messiah Thirsted

Psalm 69:20-21b

John 19:28

Messiah Prayed for Enemies

Psalm 109:4

Luke 23:34

Messiah Mocked by People Shaking Their Heads

Psalm 109:25

Mark 15:29-30

He was scourged

Psalm 129:3

Matthew 27:26

Others Come to Life at His Death

Isaiah 26:19

Matthew 27:50-54

Heaven Clothed in Black at His Humiliation

Isaiah 50:3

Luke 23:44-45

Messiah’s Face Beaten and Spit Upon

Isaiah 50:6b

Matthew 26:67

Messiah’s Face Disfigured from Beatings

Isaiah 52:14

Matthew 26:67-68

Rejected of Men

Isaiah 53:3

Luke 13:34

Messiah would have Great Sorrow and Grief

Isaiah 53:3c

Luke 19:41-42

Messiah Thought to be Cursed by God

Isaiah 53:4c

Matthew 27:41-43

Messiah’s Back Whipped

Isaiah 53:5c

Matthew 27:26

Killed as a Sacrifice for Sins of His People

Isaiah 53:5–9

2 Corinthians 5:21

Like a Lamb to Slaughter

Isaiah 53:7

1 Peter 2:23

Messiah would be Confined and Persecuted

Isaiah 53:8a

Matthew 26:47-27:31

Messiah Killed

Isaiah 53:8c

Matthew 27:35

Buried in a Rich Man’s Grave

Isaiah 53:9a

Matthew 27:57

Mark 15:42-43

Condemned and Killed with Criminals

Isaiah 53:12

Mark 15:27

Messiah Grouped with Criminals

Isaiah 53:12c

Luke 23:32

Messiah Killed

Daniel 9:26a

Matthew 27:35

Darkened Skies on a Clear Day

Amos 8:9-11

Matthew 27:45

Betrayed for Thirty Pieces of Silver

Zechariah 11:12-13a

Matthew 26:14-15

Messiah’s Body Pierced

Zechariah 12:10a

John 19:34-37

Messiah Died a Violent Death

Zechariah 13:7b

Matthew 27:35

Jesus. The Lamb of God.

John 1:36

1 Corinthians 5:7-8

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