The Lamb of God
Christ's greatest suffering on the cross was spiritual [the guilt for the sins of the entire human race] and not physical [the beating, the nails, the thorns, the spear]
It wasn't by accident that the Lamb of God died on Passover "
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt in the great Exodus, God instituted the first Passover as a celebration that the death angel passed over the homes that had been anointed with the blood of the lambs that had just died and shed their blood so that the people inside such homes would not die. All down through the Old Testament era, millions of animals died sacrificial deaths so humans would live. "
So, when it was time for the Lamb of God to die, it naturally was scheduled by God to happen on Passover!
The night before He was scheduled to die [Thursday]. He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane,
Jesus was in such an agony of spirit that He sweat blood. He would have died of a heart attack right there in the Garden. However, God's Plan of Salvation had always required the shedding of blood; not human blood, but animal blood. So a Holy Angel intervened so He could make it through the night and die tomorrow on a Roman Cross. "
The agony described here was not caused by a fear of physical pain. Later, Fox's Book of Martyrs would document many who would die horrible deaths for the cause of Christ, more hideous and painful than Christ's death.
The real agony of Jesus in the garden was caused by the knowledge that tomorrow, the guilt of the entire human race, from Adam to you and me, would be focused squarely on His sinless head.
While on the cross, Jesus said, "It is finished." This is a reference to God's Plan for Our Salvation, and not His physical life on Earth.
At the point of Christ's death, the temple veil that curtained off the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place was ripped from top to bottom.
The fact that the veil was torn from top to bottom indicates that this was the hand of God at work. Now Salvation would be available to "whosoever" would accept the death of Jesus as their personal sin sacrifice as the Lamb of God.
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