Jesus Was Not Ashamed to Die For You

COPYRIGHT WARNING

Today, many people know who Jesus is. Some have gone further and know Him by experience. They have called upon Him for the forgiveness of their sins and look to Him as the Lord of their life. Few there are–who are not ashamed to speak of Jesus in public settings and declare their love for Him, in all places and at all times.

We read in the 22nd Psalm that Jesus was not ashamed to hang naked before the world and declare His love for us. Before the day of His crucifixion, Jesus said that He would “confess before His Father–all those who confess Him before men.”

Matthew 10:32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.

Jesus also said: “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” –Matthew 10:33 

The account of David in describing the Messiah on the cross, is a work of immense profundity. That God would permit His only Son to be tortured to death for sinners–most of whom would never appreciate, accept, nor thank Him for the sacrifice He has made for their sins. Jesus was dying for the world, though the world in large part–would never accept Him. In is an amazing fact of God’s love that He loves all of us. Even the worst sinner is of great value to the Father. There is no person who is beyond the reach of God to redeem. No matter what sins we have committed, Jesus sacrifice for us on the cross was sufficient to remove them all.

The narrative of Jesus suffering in the four gospels, is the most incredible event of all human existence. God was suffering and dying for human beings. There is no greater act of kindness and sacrificial love that has ever been revealed to human kind–than when Jesus stretched out His arms upon the cross and spoke to the world: “Father forgive them….”

In the prophecy of Psalm 22, we read that the soldiers will divide His garments among them, And for His clothing they cast lots. Before Jesus was raised upon the cross, His executioners removed all of His garments. We notice that John records the soldiers dividing the clothing into four parts: the loin cloth, the shorts, the shirt and the outer robe. Each of the three soldiers took one garment; the fourth, they determined ownership by drawing straws.

Every aspect of crucifixion was designed to disgrace and humiliate the condemned. As if it were not enough to be nailed to a cross before the whole world, the victim was also displayed completely naked. Those who were crucified were stripped of all of their clothing, exposing their genitals and allowing the watching crowd to witness the condemned relieving themselves by urination or defecation.[1]

The results of this horrific display brought insects which further tormented the dying and added to their shame before the watchful eyes of those who often hated and despised the condemned criminal.[2]

The humiliation that Jesus must have felt, not only being publicly accused of crimes He did not commit but to also be displayed undressed before his mockers, was the ultimate degradation. Jesus was willing to undergo this horrible torment because He loves you so dearly. Whatever disgrace He felt while hanging naked before the world, Jesus determined that it was worth the cost of His suffering so that you would have the opportunity to be with Him in heaven forever.

The common picture given of Jesus’ crucifixion is that He was lifted up on the cross, very high above the crowd below. In reality, history records that the crucified were usually just a foot or two above the ground.[3] It should be understood that the entire purpose of crucifixion was to humiliate the condemned by making their execution a visible horror.

Hebrews 12:2 “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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Psalm 22:17 vividly describes the crucified, stating: they can count all my bones. As a person is suspended upon a wooden cross, his wrists are nailed on either side of a wooden beam, the upper body is stretched upward, exposing the lower ribs. It is very interesting that this prophecy so accurately describes the precise appearance of a person who is being crucified. A secondary meaning of, they can count all my bones, is confirmation that the one described as crucified in Psalm 22—will be naked with all His bones visible.

The application of the 22nd Psalm to Jesus Christ is required—for this was the purpose of David, to reveal the suffering of the Messiah as He would come from His line of descendants and fulfill the words of God who promised: “Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David: His seed shall endure forever… (see Prophecy 130).

The Love of God in sending His Son to die for us is of such immense importance that He requires each one of us to firmly decide whether we will receive Jesus and hide under the shelter of His sacrifice for our sins, or reject Him. He has left this decision in our hands and He will not force anyone to accept His offer of redemption. Our final dispensation in eternity–rests upon us. We have the power at this very moment to believe what God has said, regarding our present state: we are sinners, with no hope of redeeming ourselves, and the only hope we have is to fall upon God’s mercy that is only available in Jesus Christ.

Why did God provide just one way for all human beings to be saved? The answer is simpler than we might have considered. God is perfect and everything that He says or does is always perfect. When God tells us that Jesus sacrifice is perfect and will remove all our sins–no other way is necessary. God made it simple for any person to understand. Come to Jesus in sincere sorrow for your sins. Ask Him to forgive you, and commit your life to Him–for the rest of your life, and you will be saved.

Jesus suffered, naked before the whole world and He was not ashamed to die for us. May we all confess Him before the world–that we are not ashamed of Him, nor the great sacrifice that He has made for us.


NOTES:
[1] Seneca, Dialogue “To Marcia on Consolation”, in Moral Essays, 6.20.3, trans. John W. Basore, The Loeb Classical Library (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1946) 2:69
Licona, Michael (2010). The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach. InterVarsity Press,. p. 304. ISBN 978-0-8308-2719-0. OCLC 620836940.
[2] Conway, Colleen M. (2008). Behold the Man: Jesus and Greco-Roman Masculinity. Oxford University Press. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-19-532532-4. (citing Cicero, pro Rabirio Perduellionis Reo 5.16).
[3] Yev. 120b describes a method of confirmation for the dead of crucifixion by the presence of stray dogs—feeding on the flesh of the feet and legs, confirming their close proximity to the ground.

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