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The Three Crosses
From the time Jesus ascended off the earth the cross has been the main symbol of Christianity. Crucifixion was not uncommon during the Roman rule. It was a cruel, vicious, form of execution. When Jesus was crucified there were three cross on Mt. Calvary. We need to ask,
Why were there three crosses?
First it was to fulfill the prohecies in the Old Testament. Isaiah proclaimed:
"Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors: and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the trans-gressors." Isaiah 53:12
Jesus was numbered among the transgressors. Jesus was crucified between two theives to fulfill this Old Testament prophecy. As Jesus stated:
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Matthew 5:17
The Old Testament is commonly referred to as the law and the prophets. There had to be an end of the law. By Jesus' words we know,
"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the Kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it." Luke 16:16
In reality, John was the last of the Old Testament prophets. John was the fulfillment of the prophesy given by Isaiah:
"The voice of Him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." Isaiah 40:3
John was the voice of the Holy Spirit crying in a religious wilderness. Jesus confirmed this prophecy when he quoted Isaiah. Matthew recorded:
"For this is He that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight." Matthew 3:3
Jesus was crucified between two thieves, and fulfilled what was spoken of Him in the law and in the prophets.
The three crosses on Mt. Calvary fulfilled the law and the prophets. These three crosses show us man's perdicament in his relationship with His God. These three crosses represent the three time periods God has given us to know the day in which we live. As we look at the three crosses with Spiritual eyes we come to understand the scripture when it states:
"Then there were two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, and another on the left." Matthew 27:38
The Day of Law
The thief crucified on Jesus' left side represents the Day of the Law. Those who live thinking they will be justified by the law will be judged by the law. The law is the law of sin and death. If we sin under the law we will die. As Paul wrote to the Galatians:
"But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith." Galatians 3:11
Paul also wrote to the Galatians
"For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Galatians 5:3-4
Those who keep themselves under the law have fallen from grace. The law rejects Christ. The law became the theif that steals God's salvation plan from His creation man.
The Day of Grace
The thief on the right side represents The Day of Grace. The theif on the second cross recognized Jesus as the Christ, proclaiming:
"Lord remember me when thou comest into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise." Luke 23:42-43
This thief received salvation, nevertheless, those who only depend on the grace of God for their salvation have made God's salvation plan one-sided.
Those who rely on God's grace to get them into the Kingdom have been robbed of their personal relationship with God.
"The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away." John 19:31
When the soldiers came, it was at sundown. Sundown represents the end of the age. The soldiers broke the legs of law and the legs of grace. They cannot stand in the end of the age. Those depending on law or grace for their salvation will not enter into their promise land, the Kingdom of God.
The Body of Christ
The cross in the middle held the body of Christ. When the soldiers came Jesus was declared dead. As John proclaimed, Jesus' legs were not broken.
"For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of Him shall not be broken." John 19:36
Only the true body of Christ WILL stand at the end of the age. David the Psalmist wrote:
"I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels." Psalm 22:14
Although none of Jesus' bones were broken, all His bones were out of joint.
What a picture of the body of Christ in the earth today.
They have the strength to stand, but His body is all out of joint with many schisms and divisions. But praise the Lord, He is going to bring His body together, and it will stand in the last days. As Jesus stated:
"All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them." John 10:8
Today the true body of Christ is not dependent on the law, nor are they relying on His grace. They have a personal relationship with Him to hear His voice and do His will.
God's body will not be made up of those who are playing church or relying on their religious orders. Christ's body will be made up of overcomers, His new creation in Christ whose bones have come to His bone. They will stand upon their feet and claim the Kingdom of their God as their own. Praise the Lord!
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