The Blood of Jesus: At Golgotha

AT GOLGOTHA

And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. (Mar 15:22)

The episode of purchasing all that we need for life and godliness with the Blood of Jesus reached the apex as Christ finally arrived at the place of the skull. Even the name indicates that at this place you do not return alive. Besides that, one spectacular and irreversible incidence was about to be accomplished. The demonstration that started in the Garden of Gethsemane, located east of Jerusalem was about to end in the garden also located east of Jerusalem.

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid. (John 19:41 KJV)

Therefore, Jesus made a complete circle beginning at Gethsemane, through to the high priests council, then to Pilate’s Palace, then to Herod’s Lodge, back to Pilate, and from Pilate to the Praetorium, then to Calvary. That means that whatever Jesus was about to accomplish at Calvary would be eternal and complete. Actually, for the reader that appreciates biblical mathematics, the seventh place Jesus went to in the circle was the sepulcher. Seven is the number that stands for divine completion and perfection. Wow! It is indeed finished. (John 19:30 KJV)

Let us begin to unveil the sacred events at Golgotha by first unveiling what happened on the way.

ON THE WAY

And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. (Matthew 27:32 KJV)

On the way to Golgotha, the met a man, Simon a Jewish native of Cyrene in Libya now called Tripoli who was on his way to Jerusalem to keep the Passover feast. When he met the angry mob, they roman soldiers compelled him to carry the cross on behalf of Jesus Christ.

The bearing of Christ’s cross is probably the most important message of his ministry for without it no one can be numbered among the disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23 KJV). The event therefore, was scheduled to demonstrate the right way of worship.

Firstly, he demonstrates that he is the Passover lamb.

Secondly, he redirects Simon three hundred and sixty degrees to the new location of the altar for the Passover lamb. The author of the book of Hebrews says, “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach” (Hebrews 13:13 KJV). The camp for worshiping God has relocated from Jerusalem to any place where anybody will worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).

Thirdly, he teaches Simon the new and perfect way to keep the Passover feast, that is, by self-denial. The Apostle Paul amplifies the meaning of self-denial by the following verses:

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
(1 Corinthians 5:7-8 KJV)

and also by

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24 KJV)

Dear reader, what we need for life and godliness cannot be attained if not preceded by self-denial. Jesus himself is our perfect example. The Hebrew writer attests to this in the following quotation: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. (Hebrews 12:2 KJV)

The trade mission of Christ with his blood will only be enjoyed by those who will carry their cross.

Be Blessed.

FOR FURTHER READING >>> SEE RECOMMEND BOOKS

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By Walter Chantry / Banner Of Truth
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