Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction


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  • Crucifixion Or Cruci-Fiction




  • CHAPTER
    8

     

    GOD'S WAYS ARE NOT OUR
    WAYS

     

     

    Was the prayer of Jesus (pbuh)
    being answered? He had cried (o the loving father in heaven for help,
    with strong crying and tears:

    "And being in an agony,
    he prayed more earnestly;

    and his sweat was, as
    it were, great drops of blood falling down to the ground"

    (HOLY BIBLE) Luke 22:44

    What can be expected from such
    heart-felt prayer and importuning? One of the four brothers
    1 of Jesus reminds us
    that:

    "The effectual fervent prayer
    of a righteous man availeth much."

    (HOLY BIBLE) James 5:16

    Such heartfelt prayers! Such
    blood-curdling cries! Such sorrow and sobs! A cynic remarked that it
    would even bring God down from His Throne.
    2

    1. The Christians give brothers and
    sisters to Jesus, through a union of Mary with Joseph the Carpenter.
    (Matthew 13:55-56).

    2. God Almighty does not go up or
    down He is Omnipresent. All-Prevading. Present everywhere!

     

    GOD ACCEPTED JESUS' PRAYERS

     

    Paul confirms that his
    supplications did not fall on deaf ears:

     

    "Who, in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and
    supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to
    save him from death, and was HEARD in that he feared."

     

    (HOLY BIBLE) Hebrews 5:7

    What does it mean "God
    heard"
    his prayers! It means that God accepted his prayers.
    God Almighty is not deaf at any time. He is the All-Hearing God. He
    heard (accepted) the supplication of Jesus in the same way that He had
    heard (accepted) the prayer of father Abraham. Abraham, in his old-age
    had prayed for a son, and Ishmael was born. The words of Abraham had
    become flesh. Ishmael literally means "GOD HEARD", in Hebrew. Zakariah
    also in his old-age prayed for a son, and God heard (accepted) his
    prayers, and John the Baptist was born. Now Jesus cried for help, and
    God heard (accepted) his prayers:

     

    "And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening
    him."

     

    (HOLY BIBLE)
    Luke 22:43

     

    Strengthening him in the faith, in the hope that God will save him.
    This is actually what he was beseeching God to do for him. When and how
    rests alone in the Hands of God. His ways are not our ways. Count the
    blessings so far:

    (a) An assurance from Heaven.

    (b) Pilate finds him, not guilty!

    (c) His wife shown a dream in which she is told that no harm should
    come to Jesus.

    (d) Legs not broken!

    (e) In a hurry to bring him down from the cross.

     

    WHAT USE — "THE BONES" . . .

     

    The
    fourth above: "and they brake not his legs", we are
    told was in fulfilment of a prophecy:

     

    "He keepeth all his bones, not one of them is broken."

     

    (HOLY BIBLE)
    Psalm 34:20

    If the
    bones of a victim were to be protected from harm, then they could only
    be of benefit if the person was ALIVE! For a person, already dead,
    intact bones mean nothing. Whether they are sawed into pieces, or
    smashed into smithereens, it will not make any difference to the
    resurrected body, the spirit or the ghost. But for living persons on
    the cross (like the "crossmates" of Jesus), the breaking of the legs
    made all the difference between life and death. The pagan Romans were
    not hell-bound to fulfil any prophecy. Their reason was that they "SAW
    that he was dead already, they brake not his legs"
    . —
    (HOLY
    BIBLE) John 19:33

    "SAW" is
    a very simple word. We may yet ask, what did they see? Could it be the
    fulfilment of the words of Christ: "seeing, ye shall see and
    shall not preceive"
    (Matthew 13:14). When
    John says that the soldiers "saw", he means that they surmised. For no
    modern-day stethoscope was used to verify death; nor did anyone touch
    his body or feel his pulse before concluding that "he was dead
    already". I see in the word "saw" another step in God's plan of rescue.

     

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