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Summary: The death of Jesus is a story of conspiracy, deception and drama that ends by shedding forth saving grace "once, for all".

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“We all make something. Some make excuses. Some make differences.”--Unknown

“Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.--Dan Stanford”

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”--T. S. Elliot

“Results yields respect.”--Clark Kellogg

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”--Albert Einstein

“You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.”--Henry Ford

“The road to success runs uphill.”--Willie Davis

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”--George Carlin

“The last breath of Messiah changed all of time for all time.” Samuel C. Fulkerson

Matthew 20:18-19

Let me tell you a story of conspiracy:

The last time Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem He was greeted as a triumphant hero by a large group of people who laid their cloaks in His path while waving palms and singing out praises. This week that started so great ended painfully on a hill called Golgotha (transliterated from the Hebrew word, Go-a-goal-lot, meaning skull).

Crucifixion was a Roman capital punishment reserved for those who committed the crime of treason. Had Jesus’ conviction been for any other crime other than treason against the rule of Caesar, He might have still been executed, however not by crucifixion. Those folks convicted of capital offenses considered less serious than treason would die a quicker and less public death by hanging or beheading. These facts clearly indicate that Jesus was officially charged with “treason”, a capital offense.

Crucifixions were purposefully very public, usually targeted for well-traveled places. This would ensure that the intense suffering and horribleness of the event would stand as a strong deterrent for other potentially treason-ness acts.

So how do we go from “O’ Joy” to “O’ boy”:

These events were taking place during preparation for Passover. Therefore Jerusalem would have been packed with Jewish pilgrims from Judea and all across the Mediterranean world to celebrate Passover and to make sacrifices at the Temple.

Jerusalem has been conquered 11 times in history (The Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, the Mamelukes, the Turks and the British.) Jerusalem had been under Roman occupation for many decades, and the Greeks before that by the time Jesus walk it’s streets for the last time. The Jewish fervor would have been running high during the Passover season as can been seen by the fact that Pilate abandoned his government's center in Caesarea, about 75 miles northwestward, and came to Jerusalem along with a couple of thousand soldiers. Pontius Pilate was the Roman Prefect and Governor of Judaea from 26 to 36 AD.

Pilate was appointed by Sejanus. Sejanus ruled under Tiberius Caesar (42 BC to 37 AD) from 16-31 AD; his power and prestige peaking in 29 AD and falling out of favor with Tiberius thereafter ending in his arrest in 31 AD. Jesus was crucified in 30 AD.


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