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Understanding the Power of the Crucifixion


Well it’s that time again, the time dedicated to remembering what Jesus did for us on that cross. We have been told over and over and over again how much God loves us that He sent His only son to die for us and many of us would have seen ‘The Passion of the Christ (the movie)’ and been able to see what Jesus went through on the cross for us. However, even after all of that we still live lives that are displeasing to God, living lives that are controlled by sin and the devil. This brings me to the realisation that we actually do not understand what Jesus did for us on that cross because if we did, many of our lives would be different. My prayer is that as you read this entry you truly realise the true significance of what happened that day and what Jesus has done for you.

The bible says in Isaiah 53:5 that “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” If you remember the part in the passion of the Christ where Jesus was being whipped, you’ll also remember how difficult it was to watch, well that was nothing compared to what Jesus really went through. I used to complain after a paper cut (yhh I was a weak lil child :/) so I cannot even contemplate the pain that Jesus went through with the stripes. Isaiah 52:14 says “Just as there were many who were appalled at him
       his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man
       and his form marred beyond human likeness
”. Can you imagine this?! History tells us that it was not uncommon for men to die through the lashing as it would tear their muscles and even go beyond the ribs and puncture the lungs. Two roman soldiers were assigned to this job. While Jesus was chained to a stump and His back was arched over, these two soldiers marred him with weights attached to the leather thongs and whipped him probably without cease, each lashing was probably worse than the previous one as these soldiers saw it as a competition. But He took these stripes so we may be healed yet many of us allow illnesses to immobilise us or get us down. How dare we stay sick when Jesus went through this torture for us? It’s time we claim what is rightfully ours and not learn to “live with it”. This applies ALL illnesses; nothing is too big (cancer) or too small (a cold) for Jesus. He can heal us both physically, mentally and emotonally.

Even after this torture, the crowd still shouted ‘crucify him’. Have you ever pricked your hand on a drawing pin? Well then you know that it’s not exactly a nice feeling, then can you imagine the nails being driven into your palms? Usually, a man’s arm was not long enough to reach the hole on other side of the cross after one hand had been nailed down, this meant that they would have to dislocate the second arm so it would reach. After they had nailed down his feet they would lift up the cross into a 2 feet hole in the ground and that would be the first feeling of pure pain that Jesus felt on this arms. There was sooo much blood shed from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet and so much flesh torn that no doubt flies would have sworn around the body.

Death by crucifixion is so slow and painful that people could hang there for days without dying. It would be death by a very slow suffocation.  On top of all of this Jesus was carrying weight of all our sins on Him, this means it was more than physical pain. The spiritual pain He was carrying was 100 times more because He carried every sin every transgression everything that we do that displeases God was hanging there on the cross with him. When Jesus said ‘I’m thirsty’ (John 19:28) it was more than physical thirst, His spirit was also thirsty, but He went through this so you and I can thirst no more (John 4:14). Jesus became the living sacrifice in place of you and I so we may live and have eternal life. Jesus became that living water so our spirit did not have to suffer the way His did that night. He became the bridge that filled that space between you and God, so we may have the privilege of knowing God more and having a personal relationship with him. Instead, we choose to spend time watching television or playing sports etc. We take this privilege for granted sooooo much because we forget what Jesus went through to get us that privilege. I for one know that I will wish I spent more time with in God’s presence than I did, I’ll wish I’d switched the television off a little more often, I’d wish I’d stayed in a bit more.

As the crowd jeered, laughed and mocking Jesus, He still found it in Him to say ‘forgive them for they know not what they are doing’ KAI!! I can tell you now, those are not the words that would have come out of my mouth had that been me!!

Many of us roll around with a cross chain ‘as a symbol of our faith’ but do we really know what this symbol means? The cross is a symbol of shame, it is represents the shame that Jesus was subjected to on account of our sin, the very sin we continue to indulge in so lightly. This is like someone being sentenced to jail and another man decides to take the punishment for you so you may experience freedom and with that freedom this person continues to do the very thing that got them the sentence in the first place. Now I don’t know about you but if I’d been that guy to take the punishment and heard about what the ‘free’ person had been doing with their freedom I would be screwing sooooo much you don’t even what to know. Yet this is what we do to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has conquered sin so that we may be free. Sin has no hold on our lives; there should be NO sin that should keep you bound. I’m not saying that Christians don’t sin but they definitely should not be LIVING in sin. Jesus became our living sacrifice, He became that blood that doesn’t just cover our sin, it completely wipes them away. John 1:29 says “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”.    

Some people are bound by past sins that the devil keeps tormenting us about and telling us that Jesus couldn’t have possibly forgiven you for it. Well this is just a lie because there is no sin that has been committed and can be committed that Jesus has not paid for. I believe He thought of each and every one of us on the cross and His blood covered EVERY SINGLE sin that can possibly be committed by man. Therefore, we needn’t drown ourselves in guilt because Jesus paid the price once and for all so stop trying to do it yourself (by suffering yourself and living in guilt)!!  Just as Jesus said to the adulteress who was about to be stoned ‘go and sin no more’ (John 8:11).

Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we have Authority. The bible says in Luke 10:17 to 19  “And the aseventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18 And he said unto them, I beheld aSatan as lightning fall from heaven. 19 Behold, I give unto you apower to btread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means churt you.”

This means that we don’t need to be afraid anything. Many of us have allowed the devil run wild in our lives, keeping us bound and helpless. The devil has no power UNLESS YOU give it to him. It’s time we take charge once again and live the type of life that has been fully paid for, one free from bondage, illness and constant sin.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I hope we have a better understanding of what this verse is saying now that we know what happened at the crucifixion and I hope this has given you have a better understanding of the cross, but this is just the beginning, I ask each and every one of you to pray that God reveals to the full power of the cross because it is truly something special. We are Christians need to take what Jesus has entitled us to, authority, health, freedom and much more!

I couldn’t choose between these 2 beautiful songs so i put them both 😀 I hope  bless you as much as they blessed me..

He did it all for you!

HAPPY EASTER 😀

Sinceress xx

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  1. April 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    If it is true, the age of you two, that I saw on the facebook profile for TruSpire, then I am very very very impressed. This kind of writing usually comes from much older people, who study a LOT. I really have nothing to add or take away. I just thank God He allowed me to cross your path at Joy Jenkins facebook… God really works thru everybody and I just love HIM SO MUCH!!! Thanks.

  2. April 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Many kudos!

  3. April 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I think the greatest mistake of Christians is that they focus on the shame of the cross and miss the Power of the Resurrection.

    http://seer7.wordpress.com

  4. May 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    A very powerful article. It is so easy to get complacent and take what Jesus did for granted. I find it hard to bear my own sin at times although that is short-lived as Jesus easily forgives, cleanes and casts it as far away from me as the East is from the West. What Jesus did for us was unbelievable, especially as God the Father had to turn away from Jesus while He was full of sin and that separation was probably totally unbearable, maybe even greater than the sin He carried. I don’t see the crucifixion as shameful but as very powerful as Jesus paid the price to set us free. Also without the resurrection the story would end there. The crucifixion and resurrection are intimately linked and all our praise, honour and glory go to Jesus.

  5. Barend
    November 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    This article has touched me in a way that i am so excited about the Power that lies in the whole Crucifixion . Thank you for such a touching piece of TRUTH

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