~The Scriptures testify of Jesus Christ as Man and as God. Jesus fulfilled a minimum of 60 prophecies from the Old Testament. The lineage of the Jews was destroyed in 70 A.D., when the Temple was destroyed, therefore, it is impossible for anyone, but Jesus, to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies concerning the lineage of Christ. For the same reason, it is also impossible for anyone under the Judaic system to be a priest since the lineages of the 12 tribes of Israel were destroyed.
~Jesus was born of a virgin of the seed of David (according to the flesh) and declared to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead. Isa. 53 tells us that Jesus was not a handsome Man that people would be attracted to Him because of His physical looks (but rather His spirituality).
Isa. 9 (NKJV) "6For unto us a Child is born,
Isa 53 (NKJV) "2For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Matt. 1 (NKJV) "23“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Rom. 1 (NKJV) "2which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead."
John 1 (NKJV) "14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 8 (NKJV) "40But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this."
Romans 1 (NKJV) "3concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
Rom. 9 (NKJV) "5of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.
Phil. 2 (NKJV) "5...Christ Jesus, 6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.,
Heb. 2 (NKJV) "14Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted."
~Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the City of David. (The Bible does not tell us the month of His birth.)
1 Sam. 20 (NKJV) "6If your father misses me at all, then say, ‘David earnestly asked permission of me that he might run over to Bethlehem, his city, for there is a yearly sacrifice there for all the family.’"
Luke 2 (NKJV) "4Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,"
Jesus is called the Seed of woman, The Seed of Abraham and The Seed of David.
Gen. 3 (NKJV) "15And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
Gal. 3 (NKJV) "16Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ."
2 Tim. 2 (NKJV) "8Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,"
~Jesus says He has a better witness than John the Baptist (The Father and the works His Father gave Him).
John 5 (NKJV) 36...I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
John 1 (NKJV) The Eternal Word
Matthew 1 (NKJV) "21And she will bring forth a Son‚ and you shall call His name JESUS‚ for He will save His people from their sins." 22So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet‚ saying: 23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child‚ and bear a Son‚ and they shall call His name Immanuel‚" which is translated‚ "God with us."
Phil. 2 (NKJV) "7but made Himself of no reputation‚ taking the form of a bondservant‚ and coming in the likeness of men 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross."
Romans 9 (NKJV) "5of whom are the fathers and from whom‚ according to the flesh‚ Christ came‚ who is over all‚ the eternally blessed God. Amen."
~Jesus was of Jewish descent‚ therefore‚ He would have looked like a Jew. The Bible gives us more information about what His physical body looked like:
Isa. 53 (NKJV) 2For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
~Jesus was called a Man:
Mark 15 (NKJV) "39So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”
John 19 (NKJV) "5Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”
~Jesus was called Son of Man:
Matt. 9 (NKJV) "6But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
Matt. 16 (NKJV) "19[Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ]
~Jesus, was a Man and that He had all the attributes of mankind.
1 Tim. 2 (NKJV) "5For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,"
~Jesus grew in wisdom:
Luke 2 (NKJV) "52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
~Jesus had a body of flesh and bones:
Luke 24 (NKJV) "39Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
~Jesus was tempted:
Matt. 4 (NKJV) "1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."
Heb. 2 (NKJV) "17Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted."
~Jesus had human emotions:
Heb. 5 (NKJV) "7who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,""
John 11 (NKJV) "35Jesus wept."
Rom. 5 (NKJV) "8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Luke 23 (NKJV) "43And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
~Jesus suffered a horrible crucifixion following a terrible beating, having been slapped, heckled, mocked, had His beard pulled and crowned with a crown of thorns all for the sins of man (He was sinless).
Isa. 52 (NKJV) "14Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;
Matt. 16 (NKJV) "21From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
~Jesus went to the cross with joy knowing that many would be saved through His sacrifice.
Heb. 12 (NKJV) "2...Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
~Jesus prays for Himself. He also prays for His disciples and all believers.
~John 17 (NKJV) "1Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
Matt. 20 (NKJV) "17Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, 18“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, 19and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
~Jesus submitted His Will to the Will of God, The Father. Mankind must follow the example of Jesus.
Luke 22 (NKJV) "41And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
Matt. 26 (NKJV) "49Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him."
~Jesus was arrested.
Matt. 26 (NKJV) "50But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him."
John 18 (NKJV) "13And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year."
~Jesus is questioned by the high priest, Annas.
John 18 (NKJV) "19The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. 20Jesus answered him, "I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing. 21Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said."
~Jesus is struck by one of the officers.
John 18 (NKJV) "22And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?"
~Annas sent Jesus bound to Caiaphas.
Matt. 26 (NKJV) Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin
~Jesus was blindfolded, spat upon, beat and hit with the hands of the men who held Him.
Mark 14 (NKJV) "65Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands."
~Jesus is taken before the Jewish council.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "1When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death."
Mark 15 (NKJV) "1Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate."
~Jesus was taken into the Praetorium before Pilate.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "1Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate. 2And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” 3Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” 4So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.” 5But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”
~Jesus was sent to Herod.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "7And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. 9Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him."
~Jesus was mocked by Herod and sent back to Pilate.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "11Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other."
~Jesus was again brought before Pilate.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "13Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; 15no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. 16I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” 17(for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast). 18And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. 20Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. 21But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” 22Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.” 23But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. 24So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested."
~Jesus was scourged by Pilate hoping that would please the Jews.
John 19 (NKJV) "1So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him."
~The soldiers put a crown of thorns and a purple robe on Jesus
John 19 (NKJV) "2And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe."
~A crown of thorns was placed on Jesus' Head, a reed in His Right Hand, and He was mockingly worshipped.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "29When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
~The Roman soldiers spat upon Jesus and hit Him on the Head with a staff.
Mark 15 (NKJV) "19Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him."
~Pilate could find no fault in Jesus, but the chief priests and officers of the Jews wanted Him crucified.
John 19 (NKJV) "Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”
~Jesus tells Pilate that he would have no power over Him if it had not been given to him from above.
John 19 (NKJV) "10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” 11Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”
~Pilate delivered Jesus to the people.
John 19 (NKJV) "4Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know
that I find no fault in Him.”
~Pilate delivered Jesus to the will of the Jews.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "25And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will."
~Jesus is again mocked by the Roman soldiers, the purple robe is removed, His own clothes are put back on and He is led away to be crucified.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "30And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified."
~Simon of Cyrene was compelled to bear the cross of Christ.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "32Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross."
~Jesus speaks to the women who are following him to the place of the cross.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "27And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. 28But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ 30Then they will begin ‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ 31For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”
~Jesus is offered wine mingled with gall at Golgotha.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "33And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, 34they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink."
~Jesus was crucified with 2 robbers at the 3rd hour.
Mark 15 (NKJV) "25Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "35Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments,
casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:
~Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews was written and placed on the cross.
John 19 (NKJV) "19Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:
~Jesus prays to God to forgive them. Were men (men forgiven by God, the Father, upon Jesus prayer ~or~ did they have to repent and obey the Gospel?)
Luke 23 (NKJV) "34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do..."
Acts 2 (NKJV) "36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” 37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” 38Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
~Jesus' garments are parted and lots are cast for His robe.
John 19 (NKJV) "23Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took
His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was
without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24They said therefore among themselves,
“Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be
fulfilled which says:
~Jesus was blasphemed by those who passed by.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "39And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 40and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
~Jesus was mocked by the Jewish Leaders.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "41Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, 42“He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. 43He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
~The robbers crucified with Jesus also reviled Him.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "44Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing."
~Jesus is blasphemed by one of the thieves crucified with Him.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "39Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
~One thief repented and rebuked the other thief.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "40But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”
~The repentant thief asks Jesus to remember him.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "42Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
~Jesus assures the repentant thief that he will be with Him.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "43And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
~There is darkness over the land from the 6th hour to the 9th hour. Notice that the sun wasn't darkened until the darkness had been over the earth for 3 hours.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "44Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
~Jesus cries out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
Mark 15 (NKJV) "34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
~When Jesus cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?", was He insinuating that God had left Him there on the cross to die alone as so many claim or was He calling the Jews attention to Psalm 22 a Psalm written by David and also a prophecy of His crucifixion? Jesus tells His disciples that they will be scattered, but that the Father is with Him - The Father did not leave Jesus alone.
John 8 (NKJV) "28Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
~It is important to mention that Jesus had the Holy Spirit. Being Sinless, He was never separated from God, the Father and always had the Holy Spirit. We know this because sin separates man from God.
1 Pet. 2 (NKJV) "22Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth";
Heb. 4 (NKJV) "15For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin."
John 16 (NKJV) "31Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me."
1 John 3 (NKJV) "5And you know that He was manifested to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin."
Isa. 11 (NKJV) "2The Spirit of
the LORD shall rest upon Him,
Luke 2 (NKJV) "40And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
~We can also note that, in a physical manner, John and the women were with Jesus at the cross.
John 19 (NKJV) "25Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 2626 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
~Biblical Christians can be assured that God will be with us just as the Father was with Jesus.
Heb. 13 (NKJV) "5Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
~Jesus tells His mother to behold her (spiritual) son, John.
John 19 (NKJV) "26When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”
~Jesus tells John to behold his mother (Jesus' mother). Christians become apart of God's spiritual family.
John 19 (NKJV) "27Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
~Jesus says, "I thirst"
John 19 (NKJV) "28After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
~Jesus was offered vinegar (sour wine).
Mark 15 (NKJV) "36Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.”
~Jesus delivers His Spirit to The Father.
Luke 23 (NKJV) "46And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last."
~Jesus said, "It is finished and gave up His Spirit". No one took Jesus' life, but He laid it down for mankind - He had the power to raise Himself up again - which He did.
John 19 (NKJV) "30So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit."
John 10 (NKJV) "18No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
~Jesus died. This is verified by eyewitness testimony. The men who pierced Jesus looked upon Him.
Mark 15 (NKJV) "37And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last."
John 19 (NKJV) "33But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately Blood of Christ. and water came out. 35And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
~The Temple Veil was torn in two from top to bottom.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "50And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many."
~The soldiers broke the thieves legs, but fulfilling the Scripture, Jesus legs were not broken.
John 19 (NKJV) "33But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs."
~One of the soldiers pierced the side of Jesus - yes, Jesus really died.
John 19 (NKJV) "34But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately Blood of Christ and water came out. 35And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”"
Mark 15 (NKJV) "44Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. 45So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
1 Cor. 15 (NKJV) "3For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve."
~Jesus was buried in Joseph's tomb. His burial was observed by eyewitnesses. Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in fine linen and buried Him in his tomb. Note that Jesus was buried in the manner of the Jews with about a hundred pounds of a mixture of myrrh and aloes.
John 19 (NKJV) "38After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby."
Mark 15 (NKJV) "46Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
~Jesus tomb was guarded by Roman guards, a seal and a large stone. The penalty the Roman guards got for not doing their job was death.
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "62On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” 66So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
~As prophesied, Jesus' body did not see decay.
Psa. 16 (NKJV) "10For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption."
Acts 2 (NKJV) "31Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay."
2 Pet. 1 (NKJV) "16For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty."
~Jesus trusted God, the Father. He obeyed God as we also are to obey God. Jesus was perfected by what He suffered and became The Author of Eternal Salvation.
Heb. 5 (NKJV) "5So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest,
but it was He who said to Him:
~Jesus died, was buried and resurrected for the sins of mankind. This is a fact confirmed by eyewitnesses. After His resurrection, Jesus was seen by over 500 witnesses which is many more than needed in a court of law. The lives of these eyewitnesses were changed because of seeing the risen Christ. They were persecuted and many died, but they continued to tell about what they had seen.
Isa. 53 (NKJV) "5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."
1 Cor. 15 (NKJV) "3For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,"
~Who raised Jesus from the dead? The Bible says that God raised Him, that Jesus raised Himself and that the Holy Spirit raised Him.
Rom. 10 (NKJV) "9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Acts 5 (NKJV) "30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree."
Eph. 1 (NKJV) "19and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,"
John 2 (NKJV) "19Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21But He was speaking of the temple of His body."
Rom. 1 (NKJV) "1Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead."
Rom. 8 (NKJV) "11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you."
~Jesus rose from the dead and the guards became afraid when they saw the angel from Heaven who rolled back the stone for the women and others to see where Jesus had been following His crucifixion (death).
Matt. 28 (NKJV) "1Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 5But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him."
~The Jews bribed the guards to tell a lie. The guards claimed that they were sleeping when Jesus' disciples came and stole the body away. With their eyes closed, how could they have known this? The Jews also said that they would fix things with the governor if he heard about their lie.
Matt. 28 (NKJV) "11Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 14And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 15So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
~Jesus' resurrection is at the heart of Christianity. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then, Christianity is dead and Christians have no hope.
1 Cor. 15 (NKJV) "14And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
~After Jesus' resurrection, the Roman Centurion who was guarding Him said, "Truly, This was the Son of God".
Matt. 27 (NKJV) "54So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
~After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared, alive, to many people (eyewitnesses). Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene at the tomb.
Mark 16 (NKJV) "9Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons."
~Jesus appeared to Simon Peter on the Road to Emmaus, then, broke bread with the disciples.
Luke 24 (NKJV) "30Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
~Jesus appeared to the disciples (Thomas was absent). Thomas would not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until he put his finger in the nail holes in Jesus' hands (wrists) and his hand in Jesus' side.
John 20 (NKJV) "19Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
~Jesus appears to Thomas and the disciples.
John 20 (NKJV) "24Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
~Jesus appeared to 7 disciples.
John 21 (NKJV) "7Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
~Jesus appeared to Cephas (Peter), then by the twelve, then 500 brethren at once, then James, then all the apostles, then, to the Apostle Paul.
1 Cor. 9 (NKJV) "1Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?"
1 Cor. 15 (NKJV) "3For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 9For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 8Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time."
John 20 (NKJV) "27Then He said to Thomas‚ "Reach your finger here‚ and look at My hands; and reach your hand here‚ and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving‚ but believing.” 28And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
~What kind of Body did Jesus have when He was resurrected? Jesus had said to the Jews, Destroy this temple (speaking of His Body) and in three days I will raise it up. Jesus had the disciples touch Him and He ate to show them that His Body was the same One (flesh and bones) that had been crucified; not a spiritual Body. It was the Body that God, the Father, had prepared for Him.
Heb. 10 (NKJV) "5Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me."
John 1 (NKJV) "14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 2 (NKJV) "19Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said."
Luke 24 (NKJV) "39Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
1 Cor. 6 (NKJV) "13Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them..."
~Jesus glorified God on the earth and before His crucifixion, He prayed to God to glorify Him with the glory He had before the world was.
John 17 (NKJV) "4I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was."
~God glorified His Servant Jesus after His death, burial, resurrection and ascension.
Acts 1 (NKJV) "9Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Acts 3 (NKJV) "13The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go."
~We read in Scripture that there are different kinds of bodies, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God and that, if the Spirit dwells in us, our lowly body will be transformed to His glorious Body.
Rom. 8 (NKJV) "11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you" He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you."
Phil. 3 (NKJV) "21who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself."
1 Cor. 15 (NKJV) A Glorious Body
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