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Good morning friends. Today we are going to climb Golgotha; from the arrest in
Gethsemane to the Cross. During this lesson you are going to see many other the
Holy Spirit to reveal all to you.

When I started studying about the Lord and His mission for mankind my eyes
weeping, my heart broken, my mind filled with the visualization of the horror of
every step He took for me….for you. I have always believed He went far beyond
what the Father required. It was His love for us that drove Him all the way to the
top of Golgotha’s hill.





Let us see together what happened beginning with the:

1) Garden of Gethsemane:

Matthew 26:1-4: now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings,
that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and
the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Then
the chief priests, the
scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest,
who was called Caiaphas, and
plotted to take Jesus by trickery (The deception) and kill
Him….










Matthew 26:36-56: then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and
said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with
Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply
distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to
death.
(He asked) Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on
His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from
Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What?
Could you not watch with Me one hour.
Watch and pray, lest you enter into
temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ? (His concern turned to
them)
 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this
cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
And He came
and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
(He did not wake them) So He
left them, went away again, and prayed the third time
, saying the same words. Then
He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting?
(Wow, what a sermon here)
Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being
betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at
hand.”

And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great
multitude with swords and clubs, came from the
chief priests and elders of the
people
. Now His betrayer had give them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the
One; seize Him.” immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi! and
kissed Him
(Betrayed by a friend, what a message here. Be careful, be alert). But Jesus said to
him, Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and
took Him. and suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand
and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear
(Luke
22: 50-51 says: And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus
answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touch his ear and healed him).
But, Jesus said to
him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the
sword. Or
do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me
with more than twelve legions of angels?
(All was at His disposal but love moved Him) How
then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”
(Obedience to the
Father’s command)

In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber,
with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and
you did not seize Me. But
all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets
might be fulfilled.”
then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

As we take notes reading all four Gospels concerning the Garden of Gethsemane
we also see Christ distress was so great that His sweat began as blood. Is this
possible? The answer is yes. Reading from
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Can_you_sweat_blood

Yes, you can. Sweating blood was reported by few persons in high stress situations (fear of
death, etc) and it is proven.….Yes sweating blood is known as hematidrosis (meaning:
Excretion of bloody sweat) or hemohydrosis, and it occurs in persons who undergo or have
gone through high stress levels
. http://www.examiner.com/wellness-in-birmingham/do-you-sweat-
blood

Jesus, I am sure, had viewed some horrible sites of crucifixions during His walk on
earth plus the fact that the Scribes and elders had tried to kill Him more than
once….the stress level must have been off the charts. I wonder what I would have
done if faced with that kind of death. All He asked from His disciples was to pray;
once He asked them to help intercede for Him and once He asked for their
strength to stand. He was all alone in that garden yet not alone for the Father sent
Him strength from an angel:

Luke 22:42-43: saying,
“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me;
nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him
from heaven, strengthening Him.

I personally do not believe it was the horrible pain of being crucified I believe it
was the weight of all mankind’s sins placed upon His shoulders; separating Him
from the Father….even for a second.

Matthew 27: 45-46: now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness
over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice,
saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?”

2) Jesus brought before Pilate:

               Matthew 26:17,19,21,23-24: therefore, when they had
               gathered together,
Pilate said to them, “Whom do you
               want me to release to you? Barabbas, or
Jesus who is
               called Christ? …While he was sitting on the judgment
               seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do
               with that just Man, for I have
suffered many things today
               in a dream because of  governor answered and said to
               them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to
               you?” they said, “Barabbas!”….then the
governor said,
              
“Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the   
              more, saying, “let Him be crucified! When
Pilate saw that he could not
prevail
at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his
hands
before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person.
You see to it.”

Mark 15:1-4,9-10,12-14: Immediately, in the morning the
chief priests held a
consultation with the
elders and scribes and the whole council; and thy bound
Jesus, led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate….But Pilate answered them,
saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” For he knew that
the chief priests handed Him over because of envy….Pilate answered and said to
them again,
“What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of
the Jews?”
so they cried out again, “Crucify Him!” then Pilate said to them, “Why,
what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, Crucify Him!”

Luke 23:3-4,24-25: Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” So
Pilate said to the chief priests and
the crowd,
“I find no fault in this Man.”….14-15:….said to them, “you have brought
this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed,
having examined
Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man
concerning those things of
which you accuse Him; no neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed
nothing deserving of death has been done by Him…..”

John 18:37-38: Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus
answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this
cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone
who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” and when
he had said this, he
went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in
Him at all.”
….John 19:5-6: then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and
the purple robe and
Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man.” Therefore when the
chief priests and officers saw Him they cried out, saying
“Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him; for I find no fault in Him.”

John 19:14: Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth
hour. And he
(Pilate) said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”

Wow! Pilate being a barbarian saw who Jesus was; even being warned through his
wife in a dream. Notice what was said:

In Matthew:
1)        Pilate said, “Jesus
(messiah) who is called Christ (the Anointed One)?”
2)        Wife said: “Have nothing to do with this ‘just’ Person”.
3)        Pilate, “What evil has He done”.

In Mark:

1)        Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of
the Jews?”
(Called Him King of the Jews)
2)        Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?”

In Luke:

1)        Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”
2)        Neither did Herod
3)        Nothing deserving of death has been done by Him

In John:

1)        Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” and when he had said this, he went out
again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.”
2)        Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man.”
3)        You take Him and crucify Him; for I find no fault in Him.”

Jesus was brought before Pilate twice and twice he said, ‘I find no fault in Him’; He
was brought before Herod once. Neither wanted anything to do with Jesus’ death,
an innocent Man.

3) The mocking of Jesus:

Luke 23:11-12:….then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and
mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.

Matthew 27: 27-31: Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the
Praetorium and
gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him
and put a
scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown
of thorns,   they put it on His head,
(Notice the long spike-like thorns;
pierced His head and face
) and a reed in His right hand. And they
bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King
of the Jews!” Then they
spat on Him, and took the reed and
struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off
Him, put His own clothes
on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

Isaiah 50:6:
I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My checks to those who
pluck
out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. (New
American Standard Bible)

Let us see what they did:

1)        Gathered whole garrison around Him
2)        Stripped Him
3)        Put a scarlet robe on Him
4)        Twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head
5)        Put a reed in His right hand
6)        Bowed  in mock worship
7)        Spat on Him
8)        Struck Him on the head
9)        Plucked out His beard
10)      Then took the robe off, put His own clothes back on and led Him to be
crucified.
11)       Pilate said, ‘Behold your King!’

4) The beating of Jesus:

It was common practice to beat the prisoner before he walked to the place where
he would be crucified. The most common whip for Roman’s to use was what was
called a ‘cat of nine tails’.                                       This name was given because the
whip consisted of nine                                            straps and at the end of each one
either pieces of bone                                              or metal would be connected;
making each slash more                                         painful.



Roman law did not stop a beating with 40 stripes but Jewish law did; so Jesus had
40 stripes less one. Each slash digging into His precious flesh, tearing it apart with
each lash, ripping through His flesh; strike after strike over His back buttock and
legs. I dare to say after the crown of thorns piercing His head and face and the
beating, His body covered in blood, that we would hardly been able to recognize
Him.

5) The walk up Golgotha’s Hill:

Normally the prisoner has to carry his own cross to the place where he would be
crucified. In the case of Jesus they asked someone else to help carry His cross;
mercy from the Father I’m sure.

Mark 15:21: Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of
Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear
His cross.

Matthew 27:32: Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name.
Him they compelled to bear His cross.

I can see our Lord walking and falling in weakness, bleeding from everywhere on
His body; as He climbed up Golgotha’s hill. What a sight that must have been. I am
sure each time He fell He probably said, ‘I just cannot get up’. But then He would
look around and love pulled Him to His feet.




6) The Cross:  


As the picture depicts the cross was not some small deal to carry much less up a
hill. It weighted between 75 to 125 pounds; it had to be able to hold a grown
person. The cross would be face down on the ground and they would lay the
prisoner on it to drive the nails before standing it upright; which surely would tear
their flesh as it dropped into the hole.

A soldier went before the prisoner quoting from a tablet what they are being
accused of. Here what must have been written about Jesus:

Matthew 26:59: now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council sought false
testimony
against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Even though may
false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses
came forward.

Mark 14:55-56: Now the
chief priests and council sought testimony against Jesus to
put Him to death,
but found none. For many bore false witness against Him, but
their testimonies did not agree. (Even those they found were caught in their own lies)

Luke 22:71, 23:2, 5:….And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow
perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar,
(That was a lie (Matthew 17:
27, Romans 13:7))
saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”….but they were the more
fierce
, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning
from Galilee to this place.”
(That was the truth, He is still stirring up the people…Praise His holy
name!)

John 19:12:….From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out,
saying, “
If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself
a king speaks against Caesar.”

7) The wine mingled with gall:

Matthew 27:34:…they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He
had tasted it,
He would not drink.

Mark 15:23: then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not
take it.

Notice Jesus did not take the wine mixed with myrrh. This was given to each
prisoner to help dull the pain of crucifixion. Jesus, I believe, would not take this
dulling wine because He wanted to be sure He completed everything His Father
required to bring salvation to His people and to all mankind; that included all the
pain and suffering from the betrayal kiss to Golgotha.

8) The nails hammered into His flesh:

Reading the four Gospels in several translations I could not find anywhere they
spoke of how they nailed Jesus to the cross. Studying other places throughout the
internet on the history of Roman laws and traditions here is some information of
the process for crucifixions.

1)        The prisoner was stripped of all his clothing; to further humiliate them.

2)        They drove spike nails into their hands and feet. These nails ranged from 7”
to 12” in length,   depending on where they were to be used. Now from what I have
read to actually drive a nail                                    into the palm of a hand and then
hang them upright the hand                                  could not hold the weight of a man’
s body. I have also heard that                               the actual piercing was in the wrist;
and sometimes also were tied                              with rope to further hold the man
on the cross. Another understanding is that the wrist and hand are considered
one; so which ever you believe is okay. The fact is Jesus bore the horror and pain
of being nailed to the cross; for you and me.

I know this part of Resurrection Day or Easter is not pretty to read but very
necessary for us to see the horror He went through for us all. If you are like me it
makes your skin crawl just to think about it but on the bright side He said it must
happen this way to fulfill prophecy; He must suffer, died and rise again
forevermore!

Matthew 26:2,28,31,32: “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son
of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”….“For this is My blood of the new
covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins….”All of you will be
made to stumble because of Me this night,….But
after I have been raised, I will go
before you to Galilee.”

Mark 14: 22,24,27,28: and as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and
broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And He said to
them, “this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many….then Jesus
said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night….But
after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”

Luke22: 19-20: And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them,
saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”….
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant
in My blood, which is shed for you….”

John 10:15-18: “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down
My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I
must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will one flock and one shepherd.
Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
No one takes it from Me, but
I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and
I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

He could have called twelve legions of angels but His love, compassion and mercy
held Him to that Cross until it was FINISHED!

Matthew 26:53: “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My father, and He will
provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?....”

We will stop here and continue next week with His clothes, final words He spoke,
where He was during the three days His body laid in the tomb and the end; which is
the beginning with these six wonderful words:




Blessings to all
Dee Knupp
dee@powerinunity.com
In Christ love and the fellowship of His body
Bob, Dee and Marilyn
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FROM GETHSEMANE TO GOLGOTHA
Resurrection Day
Part I
Lamb is now Lion
Lamb is now Lion
(All scriptures may be emphasized/dissected by me for clarification
All Scripture reference is NKJV, New Spirit Filled Life Bible, unless otherwise noted)
IT IS FINISHED! ….. HE IS RISEN!
SERMON LIBRARY
WORD OF THE WEEK