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The Paradox of the Cross – The Finish

He said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. — John 19:30 The Creator of life dies, that we might live.  One sacrifice.  Done.  Finished.  There is nothing more to be done.  It is finished. There is no church attendance, no good deed, no payment or no religious activity necessary to […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – He Forgives

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” — Luke 23:34 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – Lifted Up

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up –John 3:14 After nailing Him to the cross they lifted Him up. Jesus, who came from heaven where He was “high and lifted up”, with angels constantly singing His praises, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Nails

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Cross

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. — John 19:17 Good timber was rare.  So they would re-use the spikes driven into the hands and feet of the accused as well as re-use the cross […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Crown

And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him.  And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were striking his […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Shame

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged  Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. — Mark 15:15 Jesus was stripped naked and scourged.  This involved a leather whip with stone, glass, and bone embedded in it.  The flesh would be tenderized by the stone and ripped off by the […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Blindfold

Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him. — Luke 22:63-65 Jesus –  God –  knows all and sees all (Prov 15:3). […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Trials

And they led Jesus to the high priest…Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none.  For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree.   And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Arrest

And they went to a place called Gethsemane…Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders…and they laid hands on him and seized him. –Mark 14:32,43,46 It was His idea.  The trees; the flowers. Leaves and petals.  Birds chirping, […]

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