Summary: The Life of Jesus Christ
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
The Life of Jesus Christ
(Luke 1:31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
1. Sex - He was born of a virgin - We’re all adults, we know what that means.
The virgin birth is the cornerstone of our faith- if you cannot believe this, then what?
If you can’t believe in the Virgin Birth, then how can you believe He walked on water? If you can’t believe He walked on water, then how can you believe He healed the sick? If you can’t believe He healed the sick, how can you believe He died on a cross? If you can’t believe He died, how can you believe He rose again? If you can’t believe He rose again…. well
Born of a virgin made Him sinless - only a pure sacrifice could take away ours sins
Sin is passed from father to child
When Adam sinned, he lost his walk with God and put a barrier between man and God. In the Old Testament temple there was a heavy veil or curtain separating the temple from the Holy of Holies where the presence of God dwelt and only the High Priest could pass thru that veil and enter the presence of God, and even then he had offer a sin sacrifice to cover any sin he had committed. You see God was so opposed to sin that if anyone entered His presence with sin in his heart he would die, so anytime the Priest entered he had to have bells around his ankles and a rope around his waist, his assistant would stand outside the veil and listen for the bells to stop, the rope was so his body could be pulled out after he died. But Christ came to remove that barrier between God and man.
2. Drugs - he drug the cross all the way up Calvary
(Isaiah 53:5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
He was brusied for our transgressions - He was wounded, literally, He was pierced thru
He was betrayed by one of His own -
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
Judas betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver - about $25 dollars. Judas sold his place next to the Master for 25 bucks - how much are you selling yours for?
He was scourged
according to custom, the Romans would scourge a condemned criminal before he was put to death. They used a short whip made of two or three leather ropes connected to a handle. They were knotted with a number of small pieces of metal, stone, or pieces of bone. It would quickly remove the skin.
Sometimes they would use a whip that contained a hook at the end and was given the name "scorpion." The condemned was made to stoop or bend over which would make deeper lashes from the shoulders to the waist. According to Jewish law the condemned was to receive 39 lashes (Deut. 25:3) But He was scourged by the Romans and they had no limit to the number of blows. Deep lacerations, torn flesh, exposed muscles and excessive bleeding would leave the condemned "half-dead." In fact, the condemned often died or passed out from shock due to the pain and blood loss.
He was beaten - Isaiah 52:14 says His was so marred or disfigured from the beatings that He was no longer recognizable
He was humiliated - stripped naked, spit on, slapped, and mocked
He had a crown of thorns jammed down onto His head - thorns were often used as kindling for fires
He was crucified, have you ever thought about what that entailed??
After the flogging, the condemned was often forced to carry his own crossbar to the execution site. The crossbar could easily weigh 100 pounds. In the case of Jesus, the record shows that He may have carried His over 600 feet. In His weakened and tormented state, it is no wonder the Bible says that Jesus needed help to stay on His feet. Once the condemned arrived at the execution site, the crossbar was put on the ground and spikes about 7 inches long and 3/8 of an inch in diameter were driven into the wrists. The spikes would hit the area of the median nerve, causing shocks of pain up the arms to the shoulders and neck. Already standing at the crucifixion site would be the 7-foot-tall post, In the center of the post was a crude seat to “support” for the condemned. The crossbar was then lifted up onto the post, and the condemned’s body was awkwardly turned on the seat so that the feet could be nailed to the post. At this point, there was tremendous strain put on the wrists, arms and shoulders, often resulting in a dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints. The position of the nailed body held the condemned’s rib cage in a fixed position, which made it extremely difficult to exhale, and impossible to take a full breath. Having suffered from the scourging, the beatings and the walk with the 100-pound crossbar Jesus was described as extremely weak and dehydrated. He was probably losing significant amounts of blood. As time passed, the loss of blood and lack of oxygen would cause severe cramps, spasmodic contractions and probably unconsciousness.