Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
Today, you will be with Me in Paradise.
Woman, see your son; see your mother!
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Into Your hand, I commit My Spirit.
It is finished!
These words from YAHSHUA’S mouth just before He died are of great significance. He was uttering the message of salvation to the world through Him. The first phrase constitutes Him as a High Priest interceding for us, sinners: Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. The second, the promise of heaven for those who will accept Him: Today, you will be with Me in Paradise. The third, He releases Mary from her earthly mother relationship: Woman, see your son; see your mother. The fourth, I thirst. The thirst of hell; He suffered in our instead; the fifth, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? This is the eternal separation from God we sinners were condemned to suffer; sixth, Into Your hand, I commit My Spirit, He gave up His precious life, to give us eternal life; seventh, It is finished! He paid for our redemption in full, according to the letter of the Law.
After agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane, YAHSHUA was taken by a crowd with swords, and clubs guided by Judas, sent from the chief priests and elders of the people. He was taken to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had assembled (Matt. 26:47,57). YAHSHUA’S six illegal trials started then. The chief priests and the whole council sought to get false witnesses to testify against Him, so that they might put Him to death but they found none, though may witnesses came forward; until two men came forward testifying that YAHSHUA had said, I am able to tear down the sanctuary of the temple of God and to build it up again in three days. YAHSHUA remained silent to the accusation until the high priest stood up and said, Have You no answer to make? What about this that these men testify against You? YAHSHUA continued silent until the Hight Priest said to Him, I CALL UPON YOU TO SWEAR BY THE LIVING God, and tell us whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God (Matt. 26:57,59-63). That was a request that demanded the verdict that YAHSHUA was the Messiah, the Son of God, the King of Israel. In purity and honest truth, in sincerity of heart, YAHSHUA said, You have stated (the fact). And He added, more than that, I tell you: You will in the future see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty and coming on the clouds of the sky (Matt. 26:64). His answer covered the present and the future, prophesized in the book of Daniel 7:13-14: “I saw in the night visions, and behold, on the clouds of the heavens came One like a Son of man, and He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And there was given Him dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom is one which shall not be destroyed.” That was the complete answer they did not expected. But if they were familiar with the prophecies, found in their possession, they should have remembered this one and feared for their lives.
(John 1:29; 12:1-7)
Six days before the Passover Feast, YAHSHUA made a trip to Bethany to the home of Lazarus; six days before His death a supper was prepared for Him; Lazarus was at the table with Him, Martha served and Mary anointed Him for His burial, setting Him apart for His death as He represented the Passover sacrificial Lamb and in essence He was the true Lamb of God that takes the sins of the world (John 1:29). He was set apart four days before His death as it was commanded that the lamb for the sacrifice would be set apart on the tenth of the month, and be killed on the fourteenth, (four days after being set apart) Exodus 12:3,6. YAHSHUA lived those last days focused on what was to happen in His Father’s plan to redeem mankind. Behold, the Lamb of God! John Baptist’s cry to call the nation of Israel to repentance and acceptance of the Lamb of God- YAHSHUA, Who had come to be the Passover Lamb. While many were busy getting ready for that very important Passover event, YAHSHUA was quietly fulfilling His role of Lamb of God, when Mary anointed Him, not knowing the meaning of her action. But He knew and defended her at the criticism of Judas, who later betrayed Him.
Forty stripes may be given him but not more, lest, if he
should be beaten with many stripes, your brother should seem low and worthless
to you (Deut. 25:3).
At Pilate’s decision to let YAHSHUA go, the Jewish vehemently cried, Crucify Him! Not wanting to do that, Pilate said he would scourge Him and let Him go. YAHSHUA would then be under the mercilessness of the Roman hand of judgment. The Roman government laws were independent of the Jewish laws. In this case, we read, forty stripes may be given him (the guilty man) but not more… Let’s compare the two and once and for all delete from your mind that YAHSHUA was beaten forty stripes. That is an erroneous teaching.
On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. (Lev. 23:5) Passover is the most important celebrated or remembered holiday for the Christian Church. It has its beginning when Israel was freed from Egypt’s bondage. The deep meaning behind it lived for thousands of years without the Jewish people realizing its embedded prophetic message. It was to the nation of Israel a time to abstain from leaven bread, a time to sacrifice animals destined for sacrifice to atone for the nation’s sin. They were to keep the lamb or kid until the fourteenth day of the month and kill them on the evening of that day. (Exodus 12:6) The (animal’s) blood (the Lord said) shall be for a token or sign to you upon [the doorposts of] the houses where you are, [that] when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt (Exodus 12: 13). And this day shall be to you for a memorial. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations, keep it as an ordinance forever (Exodus 12:14). Passover was to Israel a memorial, a celebration to the Lord.