"Freedom Experience, Experiencing Christ"

CRUCIFIED AT THE APPOINTED TIME AND PLACE (1)


Matt 20:18  Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son 
of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes. 
And they will condemn Him to death, (19) And deliver Him to 
the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify Him, and 
on the third day He will be raised.
Acts 2:23  This man, delivered  up by the determined counsel 
and foreknowledge of God, you, through the hand of lawless 
men, nailed to a cross and killed;

~~~~~~~~ Words of Experience ~~~~

[Part 1 of 2]
Jesus knew that, according to the prophecy, He had to be 
killed on the Passover as the Lamb of God
. The prophecies in 
the Old Testament specified both the time and the place He 
would be put to death
. The Man-Savior had been ministering 
for over three years in the despised region of Galilee, far 
from the holy temple and the holy city, the place where it 
was necessary for Him to die for the accomplishment of God’s 
eternal plan
. As the Lamb of God (John 1:29), He had to be 
offered to God at Mount Moriah, where Abraham offered Isaac 
and enjoyed God’s provision of a ram as a substitute for his 
son (Gen. 22:2, 9-14) and where the temple was built in 
Jerusalem (2 Chron. 3:1).
 

It had to be there that He would be delivered, according to 
the counsel determined by the Trinity of the Godhead
(Acts 
2:23), to the Jewish leaders and there be rejected by them as 
the builders of God’s building
(Acts 4:11). It was also there 
that He had to be crucified according to the Roman style of 
punishment
(John 18:31-32; 19:6, 14-15) to fulfill the type 
concerning the kind of death He would die
(Num. 21:8-9; John 
3:14
). Moreover, that was the very year that Messiah (Christ) 
was to be cut off (killed) according to Daniel’s prophecy
 
(Dan. 9:24-26). Furthermore, as the Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 
5:7) He had to be killed in the month of the Passover (Exo. 
12:1-11). Hence, He had to go to Jerusalem before the 
Passover
(John 12:1; Mark 14:1) so that He might die there on 
the day of the Passover
(John 18:28) at both the place and 
the time foreordained by God.
[Continued tomorrow]

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