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The Ten Stages of Christ’s Suffering:  Stage 10 and Epilogue

Stage Ten:  Jesus cried again

Then, when it appeared that this single most challenging historical event ever would never end, it was over.  It ended when Jesus put His spirit into the Hands of His Father, declared it to be finished, and gave up the ghost.

Jesus commended His spirit unto God according to Luke 23:46:

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.

When He cried, “it is finished!”  and gave up the ghost, His suffering ended, for His work was done.  When Jesus died, several things happened:

Matt. 27:51-53  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

52 And the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

The temple veil consisted of two 60 ft. high structures, one at the entrance of the Holy Place and another between it and the Holy of Holies.    Only one person, the high priest, was allowed to “go behind the veil” once yearly to atone for the people’s sins.  The tearing of the temple veil signified that the way to God was opened through Jesus Christ.  It also meant that the middle wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles was destroyed.  Ephesians 2:14-18

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

What did Jesus mean when He said, “It is finished?”  When He spoke these words to all humanity, He said:

I have done what my Father asked me to do.

I fulfilled the Law and the Prophets

I ushered in a New Covenant

I learned obedience through the things I suffered. (Heb. 5:8)

I lived holy before men to demonstrate that it could be done.

I became Sin so that humanity would not have to pay the penalty for their sins.

I endured the beatings, the agony, the pain.

I paid the sin debt.

I established the bridge between mankind and my Father.

I laid the foundation.

I opened up the way.

I overcame death, Hell, and the Grave.

I defeated Satan!

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And now Jesus is resurrected, He is alive, and He is seated at the Right Hand of our Father.

He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Yes, it is finished!

Epilogue

This post is an attempt to present a clear understanding of the suffering of our Lord and Savior as he died for your sins and mine.  Hopefully, it gives an appreciation for what He went through for us. But, know this one thing.  Jesus will never suffer in the way that He did ever again.  His Father resurrected Him, and now he reigns triumphant at the Right Hand of God.  He indeed is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.   Jesus is alive!

When we partake of the Holy Sacrament that many of us call the Lord’s Supper, we do it to remember what He did for us.   1 Cor. 11:23-26 says:

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

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.

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.

26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

As a result of this review of the Ten Stages of the Suffering of Christ, I pray that lost men and women, boys and girls, will give their hearts to the Lord and be saved.  Because of the suffering of our Savior, salvation is free. But we must never forget that it cost our Heavenly Father His only begotten Son, and it cost Jesus Christ His life.  May God bless you as you receive Him and walk in the newness of life.  And, if you are not saved yet, please get saved today.

(This review was mainly written based on two study bibles, Dake’s Annotated Bible and Life in the Spirit Bible.)