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You are exactly right. The conclusion you have drawn is based on a commonly made premise. Far too many Christians do not even realize the non sequitur on which they based their understanding of Jesus's time on earth. It is however, a false premise. I hope I can explain why. For someone with the power and strength that we claim Jesus commanded, the actual ...


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There is comparatively little evidence in the NT for the shape of the object. There is not much etymological help from the Greek words σταυρός or ξύλον, which do not clearly indicate either shape. Some of the textual hints we do have are: But [Thomas] said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put ...


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Two things are significant. The first is that the curtain symbolically divided the Holy of Holies, the most revered place in the temple where God was believed to dwell and only priests were allowed to enter, from the rest of the temple where ordinary people were allowed. Removing that division was a symbol that there was now no barrier between ordinary ...


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First understand the architecture of the temple. There were three chambers. A large courtyard where a very large altar lay. An indoor lobby where only the priests could enter after washing and finally the Holy room which only the high priest himself could enter. The Holy room contained the ark of the covenant. This room was shielded from the lobby by a ...


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He was being mocked for claiming that he was King of the Jews, so the soliders gave him a "crown." And to make it worse, they made it of thorns, so it was extremely painful.


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Yes, he did. The Romans were experts at this and knew exactly what it took to kill someone and what it took to make that process slow. Crucifixion was designed to drag the act of dying out over a long period of time. As you note in the John passage, Jesus died more quickly than they expected. The trial and execution had been rushed into an abnormal ...


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As Ray asserted, the crown was mockingly placed on Him because Jesus was charged with the crime of being "the King of the Jews", while the Jews already had a king, at least according to the Romans. There is, however, an important symbolism that is also present in this. In Genesis 3, thorns and thistles are part of the curse of the first sin. And to ...


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It's the Cup of God's Wrath Isaiah 51:17+ NIV The Cup of the LORD’s Wrath 17 Awake, awake! Rise up, Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup of his wrath, you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes people stagger. 21 Therefore hear this, you afflicted one, made drunk, but not with ...


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God is Holy God is Just God is Merciful The combination of these attributes is the answer to your question. His Holiness demands that He be obeyed, unequivocally. His justice demands that He deal with disobedience, mercilessly. His mercy demands that He forgive, lovingly. How does one strike a balance in a meaningful manner? The answer is that He who ...


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The biggest reason the death of Christ is so significant is because he absolutely did not deserve to die. If the first Adam had remained free of sin, he also would not have died, but by sinning he allowed death into our world. When Jesus came into our world as fully human, he still remained sin free (despite temptations). There was no reason for him to ...


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We do not know that the third hour was exactly 9:00 AM - that is an estimation for the purpose of providing an understandable translation. The Jewish day started at dawn and ended at dusk. There were 12 hours, which were each 1/12th of the stretch between dawn and dusk. (More info.) For simplicity, if we consider dawn to be roughly 6:00 AM, that would ...


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There seems to be two interpretations of the meaning of the skull at the base of the cross, the first is more symbolic and the second is more historical: The skull represents Adam, the first man, along with original sin. Jesus was sent to Earth to absolve us of our sins through His death. Jesus' blood is washing away our sins by flowing across the skull of ...


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I do not think that one reading the Gospel account could say that Jesus was wondering of the plan of God at this point in the salvation history. Here is how Jesus present himself in the good shepherd discourse : 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for ...


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Phlegon freedman of the emperor Adrian was born at Tralles in Lydia. He was author of several works one of which was entitled "The Olympiads" or "A Collection of Olympiads and Chronicles" in sixteen books. It was a kind of general history of the world from the first to the two hundred and twenty ninth Olympiad or to the times of Adrian. "In the 4th year ...


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I think his resurrection is a lot more important than the mere fact that he died. Death proved his humanity. Resurrection proved his divinity.


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The story is found in the Apocryphal Arabic Gospel of the Infancy of the Saviour: (23) And turning away from this place, they came to a desert; and hearing that it was infested by robbers, Joseph and the Lady Mary resolved to cross this region by night. But as they go along, behold, they see two robbers lying in the way, and along with them a great ...


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Let's start with your question title. For the sake of argument let's turn it around and ask "Why would God not be allowed for forgive us?" The problem lies in God's idea of justice. We could spend a lot of time one this one, but let's keep it it simple: Isaiah 61:8 (ESV) For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong [...] In order for Him to ...


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For the same reason so many other things from the Old Testament are mentioned in the New Testament: they're quotations. This particular one was a reference to the beginning of the 22nd psalm, and it's quite instructive to look at the psalm in its entirety. Of particular interest is verse 18, which had literally happened to him just moments ago. Jesus's ...


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Yes. Jesus' own words to Peter are relevant here: Matthew 26:52-54 (ESV) 52 Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then should the Scriptures be ...


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He was quoting David in Psalm 22. But nevertheless, Jesus must have felt these words Himself. What it was like for the Son of God to experience "Hell", or separation from God, we can not begin to imagine. We can only speculate that Jesus, when He uttered those words, felt God had abandoned Him in a real way, not a symbolic way. Jesus truly felt separated ...


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Apparently, per Wikipedia, this date corresponds to Nisan 14, converting the date from the Hebrew Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar. I don't believe they're saying it happened on a Tuesday. In 2012, it was a Thursday.


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The word used in the Bible can mean any part of the hand or arm. People who study crucifixion in general found that the nails most often went through the wrist and that the weight of the body would cause the nail to tear through the flesh of the hand as is most commonly depicted in Christian art. Thus, a fairly common view is that the nails actually went ...


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The traditional date is Friday, April 3rd, 33 AD. The most commonly held date by modern scholars is Friday, April 7th, 30 AD. The factors in figuring this. On or near Passover. Under Pontius Pilate, who ruled 26–36 AD. Jesus was questioned by the High Priest Caiaphas. He was priest from 18 - 36 AD. Generally considering a 3 1/2 year ministry, John the ...


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Jesus' body was in the tomb (Matthew 27:59ff; cp Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19). Jesus' spirit was in Paradise (Luke 23:42ff) - else He could not have truthfully promised the thief crucified with Him that "today you will be with Me in Paradise". See also Luke 16:19-31. Jesus paid our debt in completion while on the cross - while He absorbed the full wrath of ...


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"Eli Eli lama sabachthani?" is Greek transliteration of Aramaic words. If it was Hebrew, then azabthani would have been used instead of Aramaic word "Sabachthani." Check this link for Hebrew NT of Matthew 27. http://www.bayithamashiyach.com/Matthew_27.pdf In Hebrew, "Eli Eli lama sabachthani?" will become "Eliy ‘Eliy lamah `azab’taniy?" Here is an ...


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The quick answer, the condensed one that I hear in homilies at Mass around Holy Week is that Jesus quotes this scripture to evoke the Psalm, not just the part of the Psalm where David feels forsaken, but the part where God is glorified.


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You are nothing You have been created for Christ, a gift from the Father to the Son. And you have turned your back on your creator and become His enemy. You would rather love this world and everything in it then even show respect to your creator. James 4:4 NIV You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity ...


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It was a rhetorical question. Jesus was both fully man and fully God (Philippians 2:5-9) and, as evidenced by the verse you also mentioned (Matthew 26:39), He was conflicted about what was about to happen. He knew that He had to go through with it ("not mine but your will be done"), but His human nature did not want to die. You also have to consider those ...


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Very little is said in the Bible of where Jesus was and what he was doing during the three days, but here's what we do know: He promised the thief on the cross that they would be together in paradise after death. (Luke 23:39-42) When Mary recognized him in the garden after his resurrection, he told her that he had not yet been to heaven. (John 20:15-17 ) ...


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The statement “Crucifixion was not necessary for salvation and that only a drop of Jesus' blood needed to be spilled” could not have been from St. Thomas Aquinas. This is because it obliquely implies that there was no need for Christ to die, which is grossly against the tenets of Christianity. St. Thomas was one of the supreme advocates of Eucharistic ...



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