2000-04-10 - Pierced Through Hands and Feet
The Prophecy Fulfilled Series: Part 9
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Him whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.
John 20:27, 28 Then He said to Thomas, Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing. Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and My God.
As noted last week, we are emphasizing parts of Prophecy and fulfillment that center around the time of Easter and the events surrounding the crucifixion of Christ.
When someone was crucified they would first be scourged and then they would carry their cross, or at least the cross beam to the place of execution. The upright beam was fixed into the ground and usually this took place in a popular, or common part of the city. Therefore many would see the execution.
When the place of execution was reached the condemned was offered a drink that would serve to intoxicate them some. They would then be striped of clothing, raised, and fastened to the cross. This was done by driving nails into the base of the hands, around the wrist area, and either tying the feet to the cross, or nailing (usually) one nail through both feet.
A small tablet would be placed on top of the cross that declared the crime that had led to the crucifixion. There was also a small seat that the body could rest itself on. This form of killing caused such sufferings to the one being crucified that even in times of war, those crucified would often be pitied by those doing the crucifying.
We know the inscription that was placed above the head of Christ, Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews. John 19:19 It is sad thing to remember what Christ underwent to pay the penalty for our sin. The One person, who has ever lived, who deserved respect, honor, and privilege is nailed to a cross and dies a horrible death so that His children might have life.
To say that He rose again takes none of the sting out of the crucifixion of Christ. That the penalty for our sin exacted such a fate upon the Son of God, to pay the penalty for our sin, should show us the great evil that sin is. Sin is a great offence to God and reflections on the cross of Christ should, and we can hope will, lead us to live lives that are more in keeping with the example of Christ and the will of God.
Take away the cross of Christ from the Bible and it is a dark book. JC Ryle
Soli Deo Gloria,