Neglected Facts of Jesus’ Death
We have studied in detail the categories of our Lord's suffering before - physical, psychological, spiritual, and divine. This very simple review is of a few facts commonly overlooked by Christians about our Lord's death. May you Kiss the Son by reviewing the details of what He did to save you.
- Today is communion Sunday, and as is our practice, we want to exalt Jesus’ death.
- The time for this review is very limited, so I will only be able to identify a few of them.
- The time for this review is very limited, so we will only mention these connected events.
- I have before gone into detail about the four large categories of His suffering for you.
- Physical suffering of bodily pain, exhaustion, pain, thirst, weakness, and then death.
- Psychological suffering of anguish and agony of emotional and personal tribulation.
- Spiritual suffering of conflict with the devil as a dog and lion seeking to devour Him.
- Divine suffering by God forsaking Him and ending His previous perfect fellowship.
- For very great detail and explanation of each of these categories of suffering … here.
- You may not think these neglected facts, which is okay. I am glad you remember all.
- My goal is just another way to remember what happened on Calvary 2000 years ago.
- This review is far from exhaustive, so you may review the Bible record to find yet more.
#1 He told the devil in Eden that Eve’s Son would bruise his head fatally.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15)
#2 The most graphic description of His death is Psalm 22, in the first person.
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. (Psalm 22:1,14-15)
#3 He told Jews He would die for Jewish and Gentile sheep, but not for them.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. (John 10:15-16,26)
#4 He said in Gethsemane, I am He, knocking them backward to the ground.
Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: (John 18:5-8) Blind as Pharaoh!
#5 He healed in Gethsemane, when Peter tried to defend by cutting off an ear.
When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. (Luke 22:49-51)
#6 Pilate’s wife warned him to let Jesus alone due to painful dreams of Him.
When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. (Matthew 27:19)
#7 Pilate and Herod, political enemies, became friends to kill Jesus Christ.
And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves (Luke 23:11-12).
#8 Judas saw Jesus condemned; he said, I have betrayed the innocent blood.
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. (Matthew 27:3-4)
#9 His beard was ripped off His face, but this is only told in Isaiah’s prophecy.
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. (Isaiah 50:6)
#10 Simon of Cyrene, with two named sons, helped our Lord carry the cross.
And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. (Mark 15:20-21) Compare Acts 19:33 and Romans 16:13 to find these two sons great believers.
#11 Pilate put a glorious title on the cross in the three languages of the world.
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. (John 19:19-22)
#12 Jesus refused a sedative, for He would drink one cup – His Father’s wrath.
And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. (Matthew 27:33) Compare wine and myrrh in Mark 15:23.
#13 He was naked on the cross; there was no loincloth as the pictures portray.
For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. (Psalm 22:16-18)
#14 He forgave them their terrible crime, not some general or vague notion.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. (Luke 23:34) Stephen followed this perfect example in Acts 7:60.
#15 Jesus cried, It is finished, not for salvation, but to fulfill final prophecies.
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:28-30) Compare Psalm 69:31 for two details.
#16 The power of His death and soon resurrection raised saints from graves.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matthew 27:51-53)
#17 Not only the centurion said Jesus was the Son of God, but those with him.
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (Matthew 27:54) Compare Luke 23:47-48 for confirmation.
#18 The savagery of Roman crucifixion is seen in broken legs, but not Jesus.
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: (John 19:31-33) Compare John 19:34-37 for two more prophecies, which John personal observed and recorded for us. It was called crurifragium by an iron club shattering the lower legs.
#19 Grave clothes had two parts, one for the head; the Shroud of Turin is fake.
Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. (John 20:6-7) Compare John 11:44 for the practice.
#20 The Jews paid the guards of the grave much money to deny a resurrection.
Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. (Matthew 28:11-15) This is the worst fake news ever.
#21 He could have called 12+ legions of angels, but He chose to die for you.
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? (Matthew 26:52-54)
#22 He came to die. He thought of it often. He chose to let them murder Him.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh 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 commandment have I received of my Father. (John 10:17-18) He did not resist them. He died totally unlike every soldier ever.