Numbered with the Transgressors

Luke Chapter 23 Verse 33 – When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.

Isaiah chapter 53 Verse 12b – And He was numbered with the transgressors;  Yet He Himself bore the sin of many and interceded for the transgressors.   (NASB)

Yesterday at church we heard a message based on Luke 23:34 which says, “Father forgive them; for they know not what they are doing.” 

Crucifixion was done as a type of torture hundreds of years before Jesus was even born.  The Romans “perfected” crucifixion and sought to make it a type of humiliation as well as a form of torture.   Did you know that David in Psalm 22 described death by crucifixion, even before it had been invented?   This reminds us that it was all part of God’s plan.

Even the two thieves on the cross were part of God’s plan.  The Old Testament prophet Isaiah tells us that He (Jesus) would be numbered with the transgressors.  In Jesus’ day, kings would typically be surrounded by their “courtiers” (the king’s trusted advisors).    By hanging Jesus between two “thieves”, the Romans were essentially calling Jesus the “King of Thieves.”   However, they did not realize that were actually fulfilling what had been prophesied 700 years earlier.   It was all a part of God’s plan to redeem us from sin.

God’s plan from the “foundation of the world” was to send His only Son to suffer and die so that we can be forgiven of our sins and live with Him eternally.

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In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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