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Why Crucifixion? Arguments from Bible

By Kashifqdn @kashifqdn
Why crucifixion? Arguments from Bible Why crucifixion? Jews wanted him to be killed through crucifixion, so they can prove that Jesus is not a beloved of God, rather the curst of God is on him. Jews could have killed him easily as they were in hundreds of thousands in number and very strong. If killing should had been their desire, they could have done it easily. Just like they paid thirty pieces of silver to one of his disciples, if they would have paid him more, he might he have done this service too. But they wanted him to be crucified so they can prove that he is not from God, rather he is an imposter and a fabricator. If he was from God, than God will definitely save him. May be that was the reason that Jesus was so reluctant to suffer on the cross. A killing by torture
1. Jesus’ crucifixion- a test of Jews The crucifixion was made criteria for Jesus’ truth.The Jews at the time of crucifixion said: - “ …save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” (Matt 27:40) “Let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.”(Matt 27:42)  “He saved others; himself he cannot save.”(Matt 27:42) 2.Who wanted him to be crucified? Two of Jesus’ disciples commented (in Luke 24:20) as follows: - “ And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.” (Luke 24:20) “They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the Governor said what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying Let him be crucified…. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. (Matt 27: 22-25) 3.Crucifixion was demanded by the Jews: -  “When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. (John 19:6) “The Jews answered him (Pilate), We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. (John 19:7) 4.One incident and many aspects? * Romans took it as punishment of sedition. * The Jews made it as a punishment of blasphemy. * Jesus considers it a killing, when one of his disciples betrayed him. * Christians think a sacrifice presented for our salvation. • Who is right? On the day of crucifixion, none of them believed or thought that a sacrifice is being made for their salvation.None of them believed or thought that Jesus was making a sacrifice on the day of crucifixion for their sins and for the salvation of whole of mankind, neither the Romans nor the Jews or the disciples of Jesus. 5.Why Jesus was hiding? Jesus was hiding from the people and the authorities. That’s why the Jews paid thirty pieces of silver to Judas giving them the necessary information about Jesus. “…Neither go into town, nor tell it to any in the town.” (Mark 8: 26) “ And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.” (Mark 8:29) Jesus was hiding to save his life and of his disciples. 6.Jesus’ prayers and supplications to be saved from crucifixion: “ Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.” (John 26: 36) “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:”3 (John 26: 39) “…. He went away again, and prayed the second time and prayed, saying ……and prayed the third time, saying the same words. (John 26:42-44) 7. Jesus’ prayers against his death on the cross. Jesus prayed again and over again, saying, O God, take this cup away from him. Why he prayed against the purpose of his advent? “ And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee;take away this cup from me….”(Mark 14:36) If his escape from the death on the cross was not possible than why Jesus was praying for it? Didn’t he know? 8. Jesus awakening his disciples, requesting for special prayers for his safety. “ …saith to his disciples, sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder…. And began to be sorrowful and very heavy… Andhe cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and said unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray…” (Matt 26: 36-41) 9.God always hears his prayers and his prayers were heard. “ And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I think thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always:” (John 11:41-42)  Jesus’ Prayers and God’s Response. “ Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.” (Hebrews 5:7) 10.An Angel was sent to strengthen Jesus? And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22: 43-44) 11.Pilate delays in judgment:  Pilate intentionally delayed in giving his verdict and did not deliver his judgment until and unless he was sure that due to the Sabbath, Jesus would be on the cross for only a few hours. Jesus a thirty-three years young person was on the cross for only few (3-6) hours. 12.Pilate’s complete favor to Jesus Pilate was in complete favor of Jesus, considering him innocent, and for his wife’s dream, was trying to save his life. That’s why Pilate wanted to use his special right to free one person, but the Jews did not let him do it. “Pilate said unto them, whom will ye that I release unto you?Barabbas or Jesus…. But the chief Priests and the elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The Governor answered and said unto them, whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said Barabbas.” (Matt 27: 17-21) Pilate; the Governor tried his best to save Jesus’ life, because of his wife’s dream. 13.Pilate’s wife sees a dream to save Jesus “ When he sat down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.” (Matt 27:19) Why this dream was against the purpose of the advent of Jesus, to give his life on the cross. Her dream should have been that crucify him immediately. Let him finish his work. But her dream was against it.Although her dream was so special that it was mentioned in the Bible. 14. Pilate finds him “Not guilty”  “ … Pilate … he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person:” (Matt 27:24) 15. Disciples apostate and hided their selves Why the disciples of Jesus apostate and hided their selves on the day of crucifixion? If that was the case then there was no need for them to apostate, rather they should had made the announcement that from today the whole of mankind is going to have their salvation. 16. Earthquake, eclipse & a storm- A sign of God’s disliking & anger An earthquake, eclipse of Sun and a Storm, all three occurred just after the crucifixion is a clear sign of God’s anger. “ Now from sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” (Matt 27:45) “ …the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.” (Matt 27: 51) 17. Pilate marveled  “ And Pilate marveled if he were already dead. (Mark 15: 44)  When Pilate was informed about the death of Jesus on the cross,he marveled at hearing it. We know that Pilate was the most experienced person in this field; who may have experienced hundreds of crucifixions in his time. That is why; he knew very well that 33 years, unmarried young person shouldn’t die in few hours, while the other two thieves were still alive after the crucifixion. 18. Blood and Water- a great sign of Jesus’ life: When a soldier pierced a spear in Jesus’ side, blood and water gushed out from his body, with full pressure, it was a sign and a witness that Jesus’heart was still pumping, working and that he was still alive “ But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.”(John 19:34) Why coming of blood and water is so important that the narrator of the incident specially describes: -  “ And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.”(John 19:35) The person has put all stress on the truth of this witness, because of the great importance of it. 19. The soldier checked Jesus’ life Why the soldier checked Jesus’ life, piercing him a spear. What were the criteria to recognize some body’s life or death? The concept that one of the soldiers pierced Jesus a spear to check him, either he is alive or not, does not make any sense until and unless there was really a way of checking this way. Piercing Jesus a spear or some other way? What was that? How did they do? Why one of the soldiers pierced a spear in Jesus’ body. Not to check his life or death. Otherwise they should have done the same with other two also. 20. Jesus legs were not broken. “ But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:” (John 19:33) The other two (thieves) next to Jesus were still alive so they broke their legs.
“ Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.” (John 19: 32) 21. Jesus was buried in a sepulcher Jesus was not buried in the traditional grave, but in a sepulcher.The Jewish custom for the last thousands of years was to burry the deceased in the ground. Because the disciples knew the predictions,which were made earlier by Jesus Christ, they kept Jesus’ body in a sepulcher. If they had buried him in a grave, he would have died. But his disciples placed him in a roomy “Sepulcher.”? Rather then burying him in the ground according to the Jewish custom and traditions. 22. The stone on the sepulcher was removed. (For a spirit, does not need to remove the stone) “And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.” (Luke 24: 2) 23. Jesus’ prediction His sign will be very similar to the sign of Jonah Jesus predicted his sign would be similar to the sign of Jonas. “ An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall be no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s bally; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matt 12:39-40) “This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Nin-e-vites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation…for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and,behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” (Luke 11:29-32) “ Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the bally of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17) “ And Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” (Jonah 2:10)  “ And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it preaching that I bid thee. And Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh. ” (Jonah 3:1-3)

Jonah Jesus

Entered into the belly of whale alive Died on the cross and entered in the heart of the earth dead.

Remained alive in the belly of whale Remained dead .

Came out alive bodily . Came out in spirit .

Stayed three days and three nights in the bally of whale. One day and two nights.

Went back to his people. Went back to heaven. Without fulfilling his promise, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.(Matt 15:24)

Jesus should have gone to the lost tribe of Israel, as Jonah went to his people(to “Nin-e-vites”), not to heaven.Jesus also predicted about this situation, predicting: - And another sheep I have, which are not of this fold:them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.(John 10:16)’’ 24. Jesus forbade Mary Magdalene to touch him. Jesus said: - “Touch me not.”(John 20:17) Why? Jesus said, “ He has not ascended yet, meeting with Mary Magdalene. What then ascension really means?Jesus said unto her (Mary Magdalene), “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God and your God.” (John 20:17) What are the real meanings of ascension here? While Jesus was just standing in front of Mary Magdalene, still he said to her, “I am not yet ascended to my Father.” Certainly, it was understood and very clear without any doubt that Jesus had not ascended yet, then why Jesus said that he was not ascended yet? He meant, spiritual ascension or physical? 25. Disciples were terrified seeing Jesus. (Luke 24: 39) 26. Mary did not react, when she saw Jesus alive. Why? 27. Jesus never said “I was dead and now I am alive” 28. Nobody is Sure  Neither Jews nor Christians are sure about Jesus’ death on the crossThere was a very strong earthquake, a storm and an eclipse of sun just after the crucifixion of Jesus, that made all Jews and Romans run away from the sight. That is why, neither Jews nor the Christians are sure about the death of Jesus on the cross but a gesture. 29. Jesus never showed himself to the Jews The Jews challenged him, to come down of the cross and they will believe in him, if he would be saved from the accursed death of cross. While he was saved, he must have gone before the Jews showing himself that he was saved. 30. Appearance of an Angel Appearance of an Angel, saying, why, you looking for a living person into the dead. “ And it come to pass, as they were much perplexed there about, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seeketh ye the living among the dead.(Luke 24:4-5) “ And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.” (Luke 24:23) 31. Jesus’ in flesh and bones after he had risen Jesus showing his hands and feet to his disciples, proving and arguing them, that he was alive bodily. “ They were terrified and affrighted and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts are in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see for a spirit hath no flesh and bones, as you see me have…. he shewed them his hands and his feet.” (Luke 24:37-40) 32. Jesus’ wounds- a great sign of his survival Jesus through showing his wounds to his disciples was proving that he was alive bodily. “The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he (Thomas) said unto them, except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of his nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe… Then he said to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20: 25-27)  A Spirit can’t have the wounds. It means he was alive bodily. Why Jesus needed “the body” (Flesh) and “the wounds” again? Why Jesus had a physical body after he had risen from the dead? Why his physical body still had the signs of wounds? Now there should have been nothing but his soul and spirit? Did he want to take these wounds along with him to the heavens to show them to God? 33. Jesus addressing his disciples as “Faithless” Why Jesus addressed Thomas “not to be faithless but believing? Jesus advised Thomas to have faith, but in which and what? Yes! Faith in the fulfillment of the promise of God to save Jesus from the accursed death on the cross, which Jews of that time designed for him.If that is the case, then, we know very well, that these wounds alone did not kill him, but many other things including the cross. If he needed the proofs of his service to be presented to God, then he should have taken all his wounds including, the signs of flogging, beating, hitting, kicking, spitting and the cross (piece of wood) on which he was crucified. 34. Hungry Jesus asking for food A spirit can’t be hungry, because it has no physical structure.Only a physical body needs the food, because after a while it looses the energy that is why it needs food for gaining the strength. Now Jesus ate food , inthe presence of his disciples.It is mentioned: - “… he said unto them, have ye here any meet? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.” (Luke 24:41-42) “ Jesus saith unto them, come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who are thou? Knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.” (John 21: 12-13) A spirit does not need any food but our physical body, which becomes weak after a while, without having food. Why Jesus needed food, if he had gone back to his original body of God.For forty days he was meeting his disciples to assure them tha the were alive and now going to the lost sheep of house of Israel, as he promised and assigned by God like Jonah was assigned to the Nin-e-vites. “ …many infallible proofs being seen of them for forty days,and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3) 35. Jesus’ shroud: “Shroud of Turin”  This arrangement of this shroud is mentioned in the holy Bible very clearly. “ And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth.” (Matt 27:59) This shroud was preserved and sent to “Turin” a city of Rome long ago.Making lots of research on that very shroud many astonishing facts have been brought forth. The blood on the shroud gives the witness that the person in there was alive not dead. 36.Using 100 pounds of Aloes, Myrrh and some other spices It was an extra ordinary action taken by one of Jesus’ disciples who was a physician that a hundred pounds of aloes, myrrh and other spices were arranged for Jesus ‘ body.There was no manner like this of the Jews in those days, nor today.Actually it was a special arrangement made for Jesus’ safety. Nicodemus,who was a physician and a Disciple of Jesus, made this special arrangement (before the crucifixion of Jesus) to rub his body for the circulation of blood.. “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to burry. (John 19:39-40) 37. Empty tomb of Jesus- A great mystery The empty tomb of Jesus is a great Mystery of the world. Jesus ‘body was not found in the sepulcher. What actually happened? Who stole it? What they did with it? These questions are not answered yet. 38. Jesus said “I am going to “Galilee” Jesus said I am going to Galilee before the disciples”. Why before them? Because of the fear of arrest again? 39. An error made by the Jews “ …the last error shall be worse than the first.” (Matt 27:64) Jews accepted that they had made an error. What kind of error had they made? Now they were afraid of making another error. What was the error which the made before? And did they make another error? Yes! They did. What was that? ….. 40. Why Jews bribed the soldiers? Jews bribed (a large money) the soldiers who had been assigned to guard the sepulcher. “ And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken council, they gave large money unto the soldiers.”(Matt 28:12) They bribed the soldiers to hide the fact. What was that? 41. Jews were already afraid of a conspiracy: - Jews were sure, even ahead of time that his disciples will definitely announce, Jesus had been ascended to heaven as it is mentioned,  “ …Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, after three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal his him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead:”(Matt 27: 63-64) 42. Could Jesus save his life? If he could then it is a suicide. 43. Jesus never demanded “Crucify me” but the Jews demanded from the Pilate, “Crucify him- crucify him” “Then all say unto him, Let him be crucified.” (Matt 27:22) 44. Jesus defended his case in the court Jesus defended his case in the court, argued with the Jews, and argued with the Jews, and refuted their accusations. Jesus never said “ Hurry up crucify me, for I have come, just for this purpose, although I am already late for 4000 years. 45. Jesus never went to the cross happily, but in miserable situation. 46. Who compelled Jesus to be crucified and why? 47. Jesus said: - “For salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22) What it means? And why only for the Jews? 48. Crucifixion- a killing in the eyes of Jesus. “ Why go ye about to kill me? (John 7:19) “ But you seek to kill me.” (John 8:40) “ For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.” (Mark 9:31) 49.Jesus complained to God, why have you forsaken me? It means, God for his safety made a promised. “ And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with loud voice, saying, Eli,Eli, Lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, My God, why have hast thou forsaken me? (Matt 27:46) 50. In Jewish law, the “Crucifixion” was an accursed death”  “ …for he that is hanged is accursed of God” (Deut 21: 23)15 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for ud: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3: 13) 52. Disciples had some doubts? Why the disciples of Jesus, when they met him in Galilee, still had some doubts? “ …Some doubted” (Matt 28:17) What kind of doubts and what about? Did they have doubts about Jesus being alive and saved from the accursed death of cross or some thing else? 53. Jesus said, “ Even so every good tree bringth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringth forth evil fruit.” (Matt 7:17) How come that this heinous crime of persecuting him mercilessly brought such a good result? 54. Making his arrest is a greater sin “ Jesus answered (to Pilate), He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” (John 19:11) How a greater sin can bring salvation to the world. Sin means,being disobedient to God, breaking His laws and commandments. “ …the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (Matt 26:45) 55. Jesus accursed Judas for his betrays. Jesus said: - “…but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born.” (Matt 26:24) It was Judas who made the salvation possible. If he had not born, there would not have any salvation for us. • Jesus said, “It had been good … if he had not been born”. Why it did not happen like that? 55. Who can kill God? God is Holy. Nobody can kill God. God is eternal and immortal, free from the suffering of death. He is always alive. He is out of the approach of human beings hands. Sinners’ hand cannot reach Him or harm Him. 56. “The Most High” Why Jesus (if he was a God) let the Jews and Romans disgrace Him and do all kind of insulting and persecution? What “The Most High” means and “God is Great.” God is not supposed to be humble and show humility. 57. Purpose of his coming Jesus never mentioned that the purpose of his coming was to give his life on the cross.but he said that he had came for the tribes of Israel. 58. Salvation through keeping the commandments of God: Jesus never mentioned that people’s salvation is in believing Jesus’ death on the cross. Rather he promised that the heaven’s eternal life is in following and obeying the commandments of God. As it is in the Book of Matthew 19:16-17 “ And behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matt 19:16-17) If salvation through crucifixion, then the credit goes to Jews, Romans & Judas . They are the Jews who demanded from the Roman Governor Pilate to put him on the cross. And Judas betrayed Jesus and made his arrest possible, otherwise Jesus was hiding in the garden of Gethsemane. Chief Priests paid thirty pieces of silver to Judas for informing the authorities for his arrest. 59. A soldier saw Jesus walking, informs the chief priest “The watch” who saw (Jesus and his disciples meeting and going) all these things, told the Chief Priest in the city.
“Now when they were going (Jesus and his disciples), behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.” (Matt 28: 11)

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