The Truth of the Crucifixion
Yeshua was falsely tried, scourged, and crucified — to some, that’s all that matters.
But it’s not the whole story.
And to truly know Christ and understand what his sacrifice means, you need to know the whole story.
There are some interesting notes about the crucifixion, highlighted in the pages of The Chronological Gospels.
These notes help us to understand the story more clearly and help us play “the movie in our minds” of how it all happened. Here are some examples:
The location of Yeshua’s trial:
Pilate met Yeshua’s accusers in the Stone Courtyard of the Antonia Fortress instead of inside the hall itself because the accusers did not want to become defiled (according to their manmade traditions, not the Torah) for the Passover that evening. (event 190, page 239)
The last supper was not the Passover meal:
Yeshua is tried on the 14th of Nisan. The Pharisees’ concern over being ceremonially clean for the Passover sacrifice at the Temple later that afternoon firmly establishes the fact that the meal that was eaten the previous evening by Yeshua and his disciples (the last supper) was not the Passover meal. There was not, as some have fabricated, a Passover for the Galileans a day earlier and a Passover for the rest of the Israelites on the divinely appointed day. Yeshua himself was the ultimate fulfillment of the Passover sacrifice, at the appointed time, i.e. Passover. Therefore, the last supper was simply one last time around the dinner table for Yeshua and his disciples. (event 190, page 240)
The severity of Yeshua’s scourging:
A scourging was so brutal that many a man died from their wounds. Flesh and muscle were shredded by the metal, bone, class, and sharpened stones that were tied to the ends of the leather thongs of the scourge (whip). (event 201, page 245)
Yeshua’s self-sacrifice times perfectly with the sacrifice of the Passover lamb:
In John 19:14, one could incorrectly assume that the “sixth hour” refers to the sixth hour of the day (about noon); however, that would not coincide Yeshua’s sacrifice with that of the Passover lamb. Read correctly, John 19:14 refers to the “sixth hour before the sacrifice of the lamb” which would be 9:00 a.m., six hours before the Passover sacrifice (3:00 p.m.). This is significant because, by 9:00 a.m., the high priest would declare of the Passover lamb, “I find no fault in him” — the exact same time that Pilate declared the same thing of Yeshua. (event 206, page 246)
Yeshua did not carry the cross himself:
The King James Version of the Bible seems to imply that Yeshua carried his own cross. Actually, it was those leading him away who were bearing the cross because Yeshua was too badly injured from the scourging: “Then the soldiers took Yeshua, and led him away, bearing his cross.” (John 19: 16b). The soldiers carried his cross only until they grabbed an innocent bystander named Shimon, who came up fro the Feast from the nation of Cyrene. Incidentally, the true route Yeshua took to Golgotha (north of the city wall) would have actually been the opposite of the famous Via Dolorosa (aka “way of the cross”) in Jerusalem.
Judas did not “hang” himself with a rope:
Matthew 27:5 says that Judas “hung himself” while Acts 1:18 says that he was “disemboweled.” But hanging does not cause disembowelment. The answer is that this is not the “hanging” that we commonly see in Hollywood movies. Judas actually “hung himself” on his sword (i.e. “fell” on his sword) as King Saul did in 1 Samuel 31:4-5. Judas did so in the very field that he had purchased by stealing from the disciples common purse.
Did the repentant robber meet Yeshua in paradise after their deaths?
Yeshua emphatically told the repentant robber, that very day, that he would be with him in paradise (Luke 23:43). Yeshua was in the grave at the end of that day, and remained there three days and nights until just before sunset on the weekly Sabbath. In other words, Yeshua was NOT in paradise on “that day”. So how do we reconcile this? Depending on the translator’s theology, commas were inserted into different translations to yield completely different results. To get the correct idea from this verse, a comma belongs after the word “today” so that the sentence does not imply that Yeshua will see the robber in paradise that same day. Instead, Yeshua is saying promising that very day that the robber will join him in paradise at the end of the age. (event 213, page 251)
This is just the beginning! There are many, many more truths to be discovered in The Chronological Gospels.
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