The Cross Series Part 1
I want to endeavor to study the Cross of Christ in a different way than I have before.
In 2003/2004 I wrote a Book on the Cross it was a very long and in-depth book, showing the types and shadows in the Old Testament as well as everything about it in the New Testament. I never put it in print, instead, I printed it out myself, 4 separate copies and gave it away to certain people. Since then I have found so much more in the Word of God that the Holy Spirit has recently just begun to open to me. Myself I do not believe we will ever understand or know the depths our LORD and Savior went through in order to redeem us as well as the Earth, the suffering He in endured for us, or the magnificent Holy wrath of God that was poured out on Him while alive on the Cross, it is just too much to comprehend.
This time I want to focus on what was on Jesus’ mind, the things He saw that the Gospels don’t write about, and the horrific torment He endured in order to reconcile us with God the Father.
I do warn you now, this will be a long study so if you do not have the attention span nor the desire to learn about the Cross from Jesus’ perspective then this study is not for you.
In the Book of Revelation John states: the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Most of the scriptures we will be looking into they are written in the first person, and the Person speaking is the LORD Jesus.
We are going to begin at the last supper when Jesus told the 12 that one would betray Him. Let’s begin in the Book of Psalm.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
This is the LORD prophecy concerning Judas Iscariot and the betrayal.
Before Jesus tells them what is about to happen, Satan puts into Judas’ heart to betray Him (John 13:2) He humbly begins to wash all 12 of the disciple’s feet, yes, including Judas Iscariot. After He washes all their feet, He makes the statement that they are now clean, but not all. How is this possible? If Jesus washed them all clean, how can one remain unclean?
Let’s continue reading:
So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For, I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
When you are born again and washed by the Blood of Jesus, you follow in His example and do the things He had done. We are not greater than our Master and He taught us to humble ourselves and be servants one to another. Judas Iscariot never took this idea to heart. Even before Satan put it into his heart to betray Jesus, he was already an uncaring thief who stole from the money bag that he carried. So, when you think of it, Judas was the first “false” convert, he was never saved inwardly, he was cleaned just outwardly. As the tares grow with the wheat and are not to be uprooted by us because we can’t tell them apart, but God can and in His time, He will send His angels to uproot and expose them. So as Jesus said, we call Him LORD and Master and yes we speak right for He is, but is He YOUR LORD and Master and if He is your life should reflect it.
18I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. 19Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 20Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
Jesus was troubled in His Spirit by this greatly, because He loved Judas as He loved the others, but He knew Judas’ heart and what he was going to do. So He tells them all that there is one there that will betray Him. It is obvious by the disciples next actions that first off Jesus had never singled Judas out before as different than the others, that He treated him the same as the others, because if there had been a difference like a cold shoulder or something the disciples never would have done the next thing:
22Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 23Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
Secondly, none of the disciples pointed at each other, in Matthew 26:22 they even asked if it were themselves: And they were exceeding sorrowful and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
John asks Jesus who it is that should betray Him and this is what He told them:
Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
In the following two verses we read how deceptive and manipulative man can actually be.
In Matthew 26:24-25
The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. 25Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
Judas knew that he was going to betray Jesus because earlier Satan had already put it in his heart to do so.
And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. 28Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 29For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
14And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. 21But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. 22And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! 23And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
30He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
After Judas sopped the bread and ate it, Satan literally possessed him, Satan has never possessed anyone himself, and there is only one other man in history he will ever possess again and that is the Anti-Christ. Satan is not interested in just anyone to torment personally, he has familiar and evil spirits to do that. His interest is to try and thwart all of Gods plans and to make His Word void. We will see later in this study Satan thought he won on the Cross, forgetting that the only power he has God has allowed and for His Divine purpose not Satan’s. God the Son and God the Father through this betrayal was about to enter the very reason God the Son came into this world. And this He will be glorified, and God the Father will be glorified in Him!
31Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.32If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
Before Judas left he had partook of the BREAD and WINE! And if you partake of this unworthily you are eating and drinking damnation to yourself. If you, yourself partake of the LORDs supper you are no better than Judas Iscariot.
1 Corinthians 11:27-29
27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
10And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. 11And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD. 12And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 13And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. 14Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
This Prophecy tells us how much Judas sold Jesus for which is exactly as it was foretold.. The following verse is before the Passover meal and the Last Supper.
10And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. 11And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
14Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
After Judas had left, Jesus and the disciples sang the traditional song that is sung on Passover and headed towards the Mt. of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane.
And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Unquestionably, it was the Scripture we now know as Psalms 113-118. This was the traditional hymn called the great Hallel that was sung at the close of the Passover Feast. Hallel is the Hebrew for “Praise to God” and these psalms focus on one theme: Hallelujah. It is significant that the closing verses of the great Hallel include these words,
27God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 28Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. 29O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The songs they sang that night was a picture of Jesus as the lamb of God Who would soon be bound with cords!
More tomorrow if it is the LORDs Will.