Why is the crucifixion of Christ unique?

I’ve been thinking lately about how Jesus suffered the horrible death of being crucified. I also thought exactly what makes Jesus’ death “so special?” Lots of people have been killed in the exact same manner, suffering immensely, some even perhaps longer than our Lord’s time on the cross. So, again what makes Jesus’ suffering unique?

I suppose we can make the point that Jesus didn’t have to do it. He stated that no one can take his life … “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself …”  Again, Jesus stated that he could call out to the Father and more than twelve legions of angels would come to rescue him if that was what he wanted.

The crucifixion of Jesus was the fulfillment of multiple prophecies as well as demonstrations of miracles such as the sky turning dark, people coming out of their graves and the ‘rending’ of the veil of the temple from top to bottom, of which significance is a subject for another time.

It’s difficult to imagine how our Lord felt through out the entire process. Fully God, yet fully man in his suffering. When Peter said that he would never forsake him, I can imagine that Jesus in his humanity really wanted to believe him. I’m sure he really wanted to believe that his friends whom he just spent three years with would be there for him … but in his deity he knew they would forsake him. How heartbreaking that had to have been. How lonely he must have felt. The powers of darkness trying to convince him that the Father was forsaking him as well. And shortly thereafter, the words of our suffering Lord, “My God, my God! Why has thou forsaken me?”

Fully God, fully a man … perfection of love in giving his life for all of humanity.

There is much more. But I think I’ll stop for now.

 

3 thoughts on “Why is the crucifixion of Christ unique?

  1. mkoopman2443 June 13, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Christ died for our sins to open the way to everlasting life. This reason why He died is greater than how He died. His death occurred in time within our understanding of the passing of time. God is outside of time and we are restored to eternal life.
    Jesus words of abandonment are the opening verse of the twenty second Psalm. The powers of darkness have no power of Christ. Read the Psalm to understand what He said about the power of darkness. In three days He would raise this Temple up. So, He did. Jesus is Risen.

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    • theacceptabledigest June 14, 2018 / 7:29 am

      Thank you for your most welcomed comment. Of course the powers of darkness had no power over Christ. Point is the powers of evil were definitely there and raging and our Lord being fully human was subject to the same trials, pains and thoughts we would have been subject to.

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  2. christinewjc August 13, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    The part about the fact that Jesus Christ could have called for “legions of angels” to rescue Him from the cross always gets to me. My heart and soul knows very well that He died to save me, He died to save you, and He died to save all who would come to believe in Him!

    If Christ had chosen to be rescued from the cross, then He would have re-entered heaven alone. Let that sink in! He loves us THAT MUCH! Christ’s resurrection from the dead proved that He is who He said He is, and the promises He gave us as believers means that we will be resurrected as well.

    Yes! The fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies could be viewed as proof that He is exactly who He said He is – the Savior of the world! There are over 300 prophecies about the Messiah’s appearing! Most have been fulfilled! Some will be fulfilled at the time of His return.

    We do see the powers of evil raging more and more today. Over the 63 years of my life, I’ve seen evil escalate to unbelievable heights. However, we do not let our hearts be troubled. Our faith strengthens us for we know Who wins in the end.

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