The King Paid the Debt of Sin
Book of Matthew Chapter 27 Verses 26-31, 39-44, 46-50
Just so we know, for Jesus Christ to be crucified, He was nailed to the cross as it lay flat on the ground.
Each hand was extended, and stretched as far as they could be stretched.
Both feet were pulled together and stretched and one nail through both feet.
The cross was then raised up and thrust into the hole that was prepared with a violent shock, with the intent of causing the joints of the body to become dislocated.
The whole weight of the body hung upon those three nails.
The pain was tremendous and lasted until death, which in most cases was not very long.
In mockery, a mixture of true wine and gall was offered to help with the pain, but the death was real.
This type of punishment was used only by the Romans, and only upon slaves and the vilest of criminals!
The Lord Jesus Christ was tried for treason against the Roman government, and even Pilate knew He was innocent of this crime.
Barabbas was found to be guilty of sedition and murder and kept in prison to be crucified on the day that Jesus took his place.
A great lesson it itself and a great type in the Bible.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for the vilest of sinners!
The guilty was set free, while the innocent was slaughtered upon a cruel Roman cross.
*Mat 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Barabbas was guilty of all charges brought against him and was guilty of much more that was not known.
The purpose of the scourge was to weaken the body of that person, who would then be crucified so that they would not live through the next day.
In fact, hundreds of them did not live through the scourging.
The Roman scourge was not an ordinary whip, but had at least eight leather thongs added to it and they loaded with lead and armed with sharp bones and spikes.
Every blow cut deeply into the flesh causing intense pain.
Our Savior was stripped of His clothes and wrapped around a pillar and His back suffered tremendously.
Isa 50:5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
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.
Isa 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Isa 50:8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
Isa 50:9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
It is after this that the soldiers took Jesus into their own common hall and mocked Him.
*Mat 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
Mat 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
We now see Our Lord Jesus in the hands of cruel wicked Roman soldiers.
We see Satanic hatred of the Messiah.
Scarlet colored robes were worn by superior officers and this robe may even have been a worn by Pilate.
Such a robe would have been cherished by his private guards.
After these Roman soldiers had their mockery of the Lord Jesus Christ, He was sent to Herod where Herod’s soldiers would not be out done by the Roman soldiers.
Here the Lord wore a purple robe. Those in power of the Jews and their soldiers clothing had to be distinguishable so there would be no confusion of the people.
Then Herod’s soldiers place on our Lord Jesus a purple robe of the type kings wore.
Luk 23:11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
Joh 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
The robes of Christ Jesus are a great Bible study!
Add this one:
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
This is the robe our Lord Jesus will wear when He returns to “Judge” this world!
Just a robe was not enough to satisfy these wicked Satan inspired men.
*Mat 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Mat 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the 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.
Mockery is a shameful act for anyone to take part in.
The Lord Jesus had already said he had not come to be the King of this world and at this time He was certainly no rival to Caesar as these things are still in our future.
A crown of thorns was a painful thing, but we can be aware that when the Lord Jesus sees us now, He sees us through the blood that poured from His head down to His eyes.
Heb_9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
When the Lord Jesus Christ returns, He will be much more than just King of the Jews!
Then these cruel men took it upon themselves to beat the Lord Jesus on His face and spit upon Him.
To a Jew being spit upon was a matter of great reproach.
This gives us an idea of how the Roman government felt about the Jews and much of the world today still feel this way.
Our Lord Jesus never said a word.
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.
It was only after all these things that our Lord Jesus was sent to that cruel cross.
*Mat 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
Mat 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
You know, the mockery of the Lord Jesus Christ did not cease at His death, it is alive and well today.
Today you cannot bash the so-called transgender people.
You cannot bash the so-called gay movement.
You cannot bash the BLM movement.
You cannot bash Antifa.
You cannot bash the abortion industry.
But the bashing of the Christian is allowed and even encouraged!
So be it, bash me if you will, just remember the Word of God is the truth and the truth will always be the truth!
Psa 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
Psa 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
Golgotha was near a road that saw much traffic, and passersby were numerous without counting those who just wanted to see our Lord suffer.
The fact remains that most of those who passed by did not know why the Lord Jesus Christ was even crucified, and just trusted the government that He was guilty of something when He was totally innocent.
We cannot always trust what our government is doing to be the right thing to do, especially today!
We can trust that all those mocked the Lord are now wishing they had not!
Psa 109:25 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
As far as power goes, the Lord Jesus Christ could have saved Himself at any time.
As far as prophecy goes, the Lord Jesus Christ was committed to saving my soul and the soul of every believer.
Jesus Christ seemed to have failed in His mission.
Satan was feeling great confidence.
The Jews, the hypocritical religious leaders, were now confident they would keep Rome’s affection.
God was laughing at these foolish people.
The Lord Jesus Christ was carrying the sin of the world to Hell where it belonged, and Satan will one day soon join that sin and burn with it!
The Lord Jesus Christ claimed a great success!
His purpose for coming to this earth was being fulfilled and in about 40 days, the Church would be born with 11 disciples and 109 Jews who loved the Lord enough to serve Him.
The enemies of the Church mistook a minor victory, in their view, for a complete and total failure!
Jehovah God cannot be defeated!
You see the enemies of the Church were never satisfied with the death of Jesus Christ, they were filled with hatred and revenge and abuse, when true criminals were not even noticed.
We can see that these things have not changed today!
The Lord Jesus Christ had not claimed to be King, He will upon His return!
He did claimed to be the Son of God and He had proved that over and over again with the miracles and the other things He had accomplished and when He rose from the dead, He set this world on fire with the “gospel”!
Remember the Lord Jesus had fulfilled every prophecy that had been written of the Messiah up until the day of His death and He will fulfill all the Bible written about Him because all the Bible is written about our Messiah and King.
*Mat 27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
Mat 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
Mat 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
First, we would think that men of such high office whether they be religious or government officials, would be above this sort of behavior, but it is not surprising as it still goes on today even more so.
Our own government leaders have sunk to new lows. It makes me wonder how in the world they were elected in the first place.
We must remember that being a part of the unbelieving crowd, they seem to lust after shameful things.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior!
The Lord Jesus Christ will return as King of this world and even now is our Spiritual King!
The Lord Jesus Christ was that 100% Son of Man, and He did trust God perfectly!
The Lord Jesus Christ above all is the Son of God!
These foolish men could not humiliate the Lord Jesus, He had already accepted how He would be treated and asked our Heavenly Father to forgive them.
Luk_23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
It was God who hung upon that Cross and He had fulfilled what He came to do.
1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
1Ti 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
1Ti 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lord Jesus Christ was all He claimed to be!
He was the Savior!
He was the King!
He was the Son of Man!
He is the Son of God!
All these who hated the Lord Jesus were just foolish men with no power at all.
They were just doing that the Lord knew they would do, just as today.
The rulers of this world are doing exactly what the Lord knew they would do.
In their ignorance they are doing what God expects them to do.
They only difference is that our Savior has given them all room to repent!
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
If the wicked men and women of this world think they are a challenge to the almighty God, they are thinking far above their knowledge and just fueled by Satan’s hatred!
If the Lord Jesus Christ had used the power that He did have to save Himself, we would still be lost in our sin!
“Elected officials who walk with the lawless and the wicked” just show that their morals are non-existent, and they are not worthy to hold public office.
This would also include religious officials who stand with those who oppose the Word of God. They are just servants of Satan!
The criminals on each side of the Lord joined in at this time, but one would repent later.
*Mat 27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
What we witness once a mob gets started, people will just join in not even understanding what is happening.
These two criminals had never met the Lord Jesus Christ until this moment when He was crucified with them.
Mat 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
One of those thieves realized that Christ Jesus was innocent.
Luk 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luk 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luk 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luk 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luk 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
You see just realizing the truth of the Lord takes the pain of death away!
Without a Baptism and with a simple plea of faith this one thief became a saint of God!
As death came unto the Lord, even God’s creation began to mourn!
*Mat 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
We sometimes get confused with Jewish timekeeping, but it is really not that hard.
We what had the Lord said?
Joh 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
Mat 20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
Mat 20:4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
Mat 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
The time of reckoning always began at six in the morning so to the Jew the seventh hour was then the first hour.
The sixth hour would then be noon.
When the Sun was the highest darkness came upon Jerusalem and the darkness remained until three o’clock in the afternoon.
This was a terrifying darkness not like a solar eclipse.
It was sudden and it was real!
Our Lord Jesus had taken all the darkness of sin upon Himself, and He would be the payment for all that sin as a Holy God required a blood sacrifice.
Heb_9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
It was at this point when our Savior cried out knowing that He had been forsaken for the first and the only time.
God’s only begotten Son, the Sovereign Lord of all beings, both visible and invisible was at the point of a real physical death!
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
It is easy to say the Lord Jesus was bearing all our sins and the sin of all humanity, but He was also bearing the wrath of God that was against us!
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
You see this is the gift that we so easily take for granted!
Jesus Christ was dying my death and the death for all humanity! This is only affective for those who believe the Lord did this thing!
The Lord Jesus Christ was doing all that was necessary to free all humanity from the penalty of sin, the death of sin, and the judgment of sin so that we may live forever.
This is the free gift we have been given!
Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
The Apostle Paul was a great preacher because he understood all these things and has passed this things on to us.
Those that stood by watching for His death never understood what the Word of God was teaching them.
*Mat 27:47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Mat 27:48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
Psa 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Again, we see that these who caused the Lord Jesus to be crucified, did not know the Scriptures.
All through His time upon this earth Jesus was called the son of David because, by inheritance Jesus was in-line to the throne of Judah.
Psalm 22 was a Psalm of David.
Almost every one of us have reached a point in our lives when we thought we were forsaken.
The Lord Jesus Christ was standing in His Father’s Judgment Seat and facing the wrath of God because He bore the sin of the world.
God, in the Hebrew, El, is pronounced Ale.
The Lord Jesus was definitely calling out to Jehovah God!
The Lord Jesus was not calling out to Elijah!
These people had their theology so messed up they had missed the Messiah.
Earlier the Lord Jesus was offered vinegar mixed with gall and He had refused to drink it.
Mat 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
At this time Jesus was offered vinegar.
Roman soldiers that travel from nation to nation could not take of the water from place to place no more than we can today until our bodies have had time to adjust.
Vinegar is the last stage of the grape juice when it is sour and when mixed with water it allowed the soldier to stay healthy without the effects of the water alone.
This time the Lord Jesus accepted this drink.
His task was over. He had given His life for my sin and for your sin!
*Mat 27:49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Mat 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, “yielded up the ghost”.
“It was finished”
Mar 15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and “gave up the ghost”.
Luk 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost”.
Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost”.
You can read all four of these Scriptures and you will see that this is something that we cannot do.
Oh, we can commit suicide, but we cannot give up our soul at death.
God takes our soul because it returns to Him to do with it as He pleases.
This is why it is so important to have our name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!
The Lord Jesus Christ held the power to His own death.
Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Joh 10:18 No man taketh 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 commandment have I received of my Father.
This power only the Lord Jesus has!
Rev_3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Rev_20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Rev_22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
The Lord Jesus gave up His Spirit!
The Lord Jesus Christ willingly died for me and for you!
What did the Lord Jesus do after His death upon the Cross?
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pe 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Pe 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
After His death.
Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Eph 4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
The Lord Jesus Christ died so that we can live!