As we approach
Easter and the Passover Season, it's time to re-focus on Jesus and what
it is that HE has DONE for you. I mean REALLY KNOW what He has done
|Back in the earlier
years of my married life, I would occasionally get kind of selfish and
full of self-pity when something didn't quite go my way. And I would
have the thought towards my wife of "What have you done for me lately?"
Now the whole question was absurd, because
Marcia was always a good wife and always did her best. Besides
Looking back on the kind of person I was back then
I wouldn't have wanted
to live with me!
But, then I became deathly ill. I
couldn't do anything for myself. I couldn't even think for myself.
And that woman took care of me; stuck by me; protected me; practically
carried me; held me up; never left my side and was ready to sacrifice
the rest of her life for me.
NEVER AGAIN will I EVER question, "What
she has done for me!"
Because I KNOW I REALLY KNOW what she
has done for me.
Now before we get started I want each of you reading this - to stop,
and go and gather a few items before continuing. Go get your Bible.
And since we are going to take communion together, go get a small cracker
or piece of bread and a glass with a tiny amount of wine, grape juice or
whatever you may have handy. Even though the symbols are important,
they are still just symbols and it's more important to participate than
getting everything symbolically correct. Now Jesus used unleavened
bread and red wine (which He referred to as the "cup." But like I
said anything will do in this situation. So, go gather your Bible,
bread and drink and come back and let's continue
Ok, welcome back.
Set the communion elements aside for now and open your Bible to Mark
And he (Jesus) began to teach them (his
disciples), that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected
of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and
after three days rise again.
Now, That brings up two important questions.
1. Why did he have to suffer those things?
2. How did he KNOW what was to happen to him?
I'll try to condense this HUGE topic into the fewest number of words.
After Adam sinned, God, through Moses, set up a legal system of redemption for his man.
Since the penalty of any sin was death by the shedding of the sinner's
life-blood, God had Moses set the precedent of allowing man to "pay for" the penalty
of his sin through the life-blood sacrifice of a valuable animal he owned.
I mean a 1400 pound ox or a steer at today's prices might be worth $1000.00 or more. And a 75 pound ram might be worth $200.00 or more. So it really did cost people something when they sinned.
But these animals, no matter how valuable, were "impure" sacrifices, and that sacrifice
only covered the penalty until the person sinned again. And, as a result, the sacrifices, mo matter how much it cost the person, became (for the most part) an unending and meaningless routine.
These sacrifices set the legal precedent which allowed God, to make the ultimate, perfect and
sinless sacrifice of His only son Jesus to, once and for all, pay the penalty
for his man's (mankind's) sins.
How did he KNOW what was to happen to him??
Yes, it's true that he communicated with the Holy Spirit
not the ONLY way he knew.
He KNEW what the prophets had foretold of him.
You know, it's one thing to go through a terrible experience.
But, its an entirely different thing - to go through that experience knowing
every detail of what's going to happen to you.
Let's look and some of these prophesies.
Here's one most of us know
Isa 53:4-5 Surely he hath borne
our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted.
So he KNEW he was going to have to go through some bad stuff with words
like "stricken, smitten, afflicted, wounded, bruised, chastised and stripes."
But HOW bad?
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon
him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isa 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters,
and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from
shame and spitting.
In our taking of communion, we will partake of the elements of the bread
and the cup which Jesus said were types of his broken body and shed blood.
And he said that as often as you renew this covenant with these elements,
to remember what the elements really stand for.
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
his visage was so marred more
than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.
The Broken Body the broken bread
I recently saw this quote, "Thank you Father,
that you had Jesus stop for a beating -- on the way to the cross!"
For some this may seem like an "in your face" kind of statement
but for me, I found it very moving.
When taking the elements of communion, I like most people focused on
Jesus' suffering at and on the cross, and the shedding of his blood, which
are symbolized by the second element of the cup.
But, I never really appreciated the first element of the broken bread
-- until I had a very unusual experience.
THAT stripe was for YOU - too!
That morning, I had just read a lady's testimony
who had received a very moving vision. I had been praying, and got
up to go get cleaned up and dressed for the day. When I got into
the shower, I continued to pray and began to feel the presence of the Holy
Spirit. I ask God to allow me to see what that lady saw.
(Now, I was wide awake, besides, when I dream,
it is rarely in color, and hardly ever see any kind of detail, i.e., everything
is just implied.) Then His presence became strong, and there as if
projected in front of the tile wall, as detailed and colorful and as real
as if I was there, a picture appeared, as if looking in, through a window.
I was looking into a large room or inner courtyard
with a stone wall and dirt and hay covered stone floor. On the far
side of the room directly across from me was a man, standing with his back
to me. I thought he might be homeless, because he looked to be dirty
and sweaty and covered with dark greasy smears all over him. His hair was
long, dirty, greasy, tangled and matted with gunk and dirt and pieces of
hay. He was wearing only what appeared to be a diaper with extra
material hanging down his right leg. He was standing on tip toes
and his arms were extended up over his head, and his wrists were tied with
a rope that was hooked to a chain that stretched up out of my view.
Something dark moved from left to right completely
blocking my view, as if someone had come and stood in front of a TV camera.
I heard a guttural growl, a "CRACK", loud enough to startle me, a gasp
and then a low groan.
||Just as quickly as my view was blocked,
the obstruction moved left out of my view. And now, there, across
the man's back were sunburn red parallel lines. The lines swelled
and whelped before my eyes. Along the center of the lines, elongated
blisters popped up, some bursting, spilling out water and blood.
One of the wounds sagged open along its length and began to flow with blood.
Then I realized that all those grease smears, were actually large dark
bruises and dried blood.
I heard the chain squeak as the man twisted his
body around to his left until I could see his battered face. His
right eye was swollen almost shut, blackened and split along the brow.
His nose was bloody and scraped. Chunks of his beard and skin had
been ripped out revealing blood curdled fatty raw meat. And he was
looking right at me with tear filled eyes. I was stunned at this
man's condition. Then in a half whispered yet forceful voice the
man said, "My name is Jesus, and that stripe, was for you!"
And with a painful little smile through split and swollen lips, he twisted
back around to face the wall. And the vision disappeared.
I was so moved, so stunned, so awed at his love
for me, that I had hardly breathed! I began sobbing so hard that
legs would no longer hold me upright.
Do YOU UNDERSTAND what he allowed them to do to him?
He had to allow them to rip out his beard.
He had to allow them to cover him in spit.
He had to allow them to wound and slay him for OUR sins. (wound)
He had to allow them to beat him to pieces for OUR iniquities. (bruised)
He had to allow them to bind and torment him for OUR peace. (chastised)
He had to allow them to whelp and tear his flesh for OUR healing.
He had to allow them to do these things to his BODY!
1 Cor 11:23
The Lord Jesus the
same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
So, when you get down to the part where it says:
1 Cor 11:24 And when he had given thanks,
he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for
you: this do in remembrance of me.
1 Cor 11:25 After the same manner also
he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament
in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
1 Cor 11:26 For as often as ye eat this
bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come.
"But let a man examine himself, and so
let him eat of that bread (body), and drink of that cup (blood).
What does not discerning the Lord's body have to do with anything?
For he that eats (body) and drinks (blood) unworthily,
eats (body) and drinks (blood) judgment to himself, not discerning the
For this cause, (not discerning the Lord's body), many are weak and
sick among you, and many are dead.
Jesus wants you to discern (to KNOW and understand) what He did for
you with his body!
There is HEALING in the Broken Body of Jesus by His STRIPES you were
Go ahead and take the bread at this time.
We come before you now, thanking you for sending
your Son Jesus.
We thank you and praise you for allowing them
to beat and mistreat you.
We thank you and praise you for taking those
stripes for us.
We thank you and praise you for carrying our
sicknesses, diseases, pain and sorrows - for us.
We appropriate now, each and every thing that
Jesus did for us that is symbolized in the partaking of this bread.
We take it now and and thank you for it - in Jesus Name.
First came his beatings and then came his shed blood on the cross.
First comes the broken bread, then comes the cup.
There are two elements of Christ's atonement or sacrifice.
There are two elements of the Passover or communion.
The Blood the wine (or the cup)
Jesus also KNEW what was going to happen to him on the cross.
How? Because he read what King David prophetically wrote about
him in Psalms 22.
How do I know Jesus knew Psalms 22? Because He was quoting it on
|(Now I took this entire 22nd chapter and
broke down the original Hebrew text and retranslated it based upon the
words available and what we know happened to Jesus. And I believe
that THIS is how Jesus read and understood this passage:)
Read this carefully
1 MY GOD, my God, why have You left me? Deliverance from the cause of my moaning suddenly seems so far away?
Jesus KNEW all this was going to happen and STILL DECIDED to pay this
as YOUR penalty and my penalty for our sins.
6 Head to toe, I've been dyed crimson red and I'm such a bloody mess that even the soldiers are reviled by me. I no longer look like a man.
7 Everyone is mocking me: sticking out their bottom lips and shaking the heads, saying,
8 "He said that he trusted the LORD to deliver him: Maybe we'll get to see a miracle since God is supposed to like him so much!"
11 I feel so far from You, I know that affliction is coming from every direction and that no help is coming.
12 Many divisions of demons have swarmed me: gigantic strong ones have pinned me in.
13 Like ravenous, roaring lions, they are trying to tear me to pieces with their mouths.
14 My blood and body fluids are pouring out like water, my arms have pulled from their sockets: my heart is failing; and my bowels have been severed.
15 I'm so thristy that my tongue sticks to the inside of my mouth; my strength is as dried up like an old chunk of pottery; and my skin has the gray look of death.
16 Attacks are now coming from every side: the swarms of inflictors are climbing over each other to destroy me: my hands and feet have been violently pierced.
17 I can see my bones through the gore of my torn flesh.
18 They're sizing my nice robe to see if it fits, and then roll dice to see who gets my clothing.
Mat 26:57 And they that had laid
hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes
and the elders were assembled.
Mat 26:60 But found none: yea,
though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came
two false witnesses,
With each application of the "cat of nine tails," with each whelp, with
each bruise, with each tear in his flesh, with each application of the
fist, the open hand, the ropes and staffs upon his body were our sicknesses,
diseases, poverties, captivities and bondages systematically placed upon
Jesus for him to carry to the cross.
Mat 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I
am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
Mat 26:62 And the high priest arose, and
said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against
Mat 26:63 But Jesus held his peace. And
the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living
God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
Mat 26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast
said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man
sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Mat 26:65 Then the high priest tore his
clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of
witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Mat 26:66 What think ye? They answered
and said, He is guilty of death.
Mat 26:67 Then did they spit in his face,
and beat him with their fists; and others slapped him with the palms of
Mat 26:68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou
Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
Mat 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could
prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and
washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood
of this just person: see ye to it.
Mat 27:25 Then answered all the people,
and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Mat 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto
And when he had Jesus scourged, he delivered
him to be crucified.
Mat 27:28 And they stripped him, and put
on him a scarlet robe.
Mat 27:29 And when they had braided a crown
of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a staff in his right hand: and
they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the
Mat 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took
the staff, and beat the crown down onto his head.
||Mat 27:31 And after that they
had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment
on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Mat 27:35 And they nailed him to the cross,
and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which
was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon
my vesture did they cast lots.
Mat 27:45 Now starting at noon
(the sixth hour) there was (supernatural) darkness over all the land until
3PM (the ninth hour)
I believe that it was during this period that the Father allowed every
sin ever sinned or will be sinned to be laid upon Jesus to carry.
They didn't know it yet but
||Mat 27:46 when Jesus cried with
a loud voice, saying, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried with
a loud voice ("IT IS FINISHED!") and expelled his last breath.
Death Hell and the grave were finished!
Sickness and disease were finished!
Demon powers were finished!
Mat 27:51 And, behold, and the
earth was rocked by a violent earthquake, and the rocks of Golgotha split
beneath their feet; And the veil of the temple was ripped in two from the
top to the bottom;
WE have been REDEEMED by the blood of the LAMB!
NOT the blood of the lamb at the altar But the blood that flowed from
YOU are not saved by what you do! You are saved because of what
Jesus Christ has done FOR YOU!
WE are saved by the power of HIS precious blood!
Paul said that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission
What blood SAVES you?
The precious blood of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ!
The blood that flowed through Emanuel's veins THAT BLOOD!
The blood that cleanses from all sins THAT BLOOD!
The blood that covers disease and sickness -- THAT BLOOD!
The blood that terrifies every demon THAT BLOOD!
The blood that makes me free from the fears of tomorrow and the guilt
of the past THAT BLOOD!
Not by keeping this commemoration!
Not by church attendance!
Not by baptism!
But by the BLOOD!
I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ!
Do YOU believe THAT? SAY IT!
"I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ!"
NOTHING can touch me because of his precious blood!
Go ahead and take the cup at this time.
Again we come before you now, thanking you
for sending your Son Jesus.
We thank you and praise you for allowing them
to nail you to that cross.
We thank you and praise you for taking all
of OUR sins upon you and taking them to the cross.
We thank you and praise you for shedding your
precious blood - for us.
We appropriate now, each and every thing that
Jesus did for us that is symbolized in the partaking of this cup.
We do this in rememberance of Jesus and we as a renewal of our New Testamant
covenant with Jesus. We take it now and and thank you for it - in
Now they put Jesus in the grave.
And both Ephesians and Acts imply that Jesus descended into hell.
But He didn't STAY in that grave!
He didn't STAY in hell!
The grave couldn't hold him!
Hell couldn't keep him captive!
HE took captivity captive!
Col 2:15 And having disarmed the
powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing
over them by the cross.
He is ALIVE!
He ROSE from the dead!
He Ascended into heaven!
And He now sits at the right hand of the Father!
Jesus said, ALL POWER IS GIVEN UNTO ME in heaven and in earth.
Let me introduce you to my Jesus My SAVIOR! My LORD! My
He is the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
He who is and who was and who always will be,
He's the first and the last, the alpha and the omega, the A and the
He is the I Am that I Am.
By Him were all things made that were made. Without Him, was not anything
made that was made.
And by Him all things are held together.
He's our performing high priest, our personal Prophet, and our reigning
He's enduringly strong, He's entirely sincere, He's eternally merciful.
He's immortally graceful, He's imperially powerful.
He's God's Son.
There is no means of measuring His limitless love.
He's the only One able to supply all our needs simultaneously.
No barriers can hinder him from pouring out His blessings.
He delivers the captives.
He delivers the debtors.
He forgives the sinners.
He heals the sick.
His goodness is limitless.
His grace is sufficient.
His light is matchless.
His love is never- changing.
His mercy is everlasting.
His offices are manifold.
His promises are sure.
His reign is righteous.
His Word is enough.
His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
The pharisees couldn't stand Him and learned they couldn't stop Him.
Herod couldn't kill Him.
Death couldn't handle Him, the grave couldn't hold Him.
He has always been and always will be.
He had no predecessor and will have no successor.
You can't impeach Him, and He isn't going to resign.
THIS is MY Jesus... and
His is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and