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Emmaus Road - Part 4

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The Crucifixion

    The psalmist vividly explained the suffering and crucifixion of the Messiah. He cried out, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? (Psalm 22:1) All who see me sneer at me; they separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, 'Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.' (Psalm 22:7, 8) Many bulls have surrounded me; strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me. They open wide their mouth at me, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and You lay me in the dust of death. (Psalm 22:12 - 15) They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (Psalm 69:21) For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me. (Psalm 22:16 - 18) All of this was a prediction of the crucifixion experience of the Christ. For all of these things happened to Him. His hands

and His feet were pierced, they gave Him vinegar to drink when He was thirsty (John 19:28 and Psalm 69:21), He was surrounded by evildoers and they stared at Him.

     In addition, the soldiers divided His garments amongst themselves and also cast lots for His seamless tunic. This, too, was to fulfill the Scripture: "THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS." (John 19:23-24 and Psalm 22:18)

     Remember that the Jews asked Pilate to break the legs of those being crucified to hurry the process, "so the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs." (John 19:32-33) Even this came about to fulfill the scripture, "NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN." (John 19:36, Exodus 12:46 and Psalm 34:20). For He is the passover lamb, whose body was broken for the remission of sins.

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