There's so much more to Easter than death and resurrection.
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Before the Cross & After the Tomb


All Christendom will celebrate ‘Easter’ this month to commemorate Jesus’ resurrection after the crucifixion.  But the Word tells us that Jesus was the slain from the very creation1, the price of sin was determined, the plan devised and contract was set before it was ever needed.  In fact, God is so very detailed and intentional, that He planned out a payment that would be a graphic illustration of the cancellation of the curse.  It is so graphically displayed that the Word says Jesus made a public spectacle of Satan and publicly paraded mankind as trophies of victory!2  Often it is described as salvation, “heaven after you die,” but it is so, so much more.  Let’s look at it closely.

God doesn’t have the same value or currency system that humans have.  He deals in life, blood.  The scripture says that life is in blood, and blood has a voice and blood is demanded as payment for life.3   The Old Testament temple and sacrifices were representations of this.  Every drop of Jesus blood was shed intentionally, every wound was for a specific reason that had already been planned and documented.  Pilate didn’t decide where or how Jesus’ would be wounded, the Roman soldiers didn’t randomly extract His blood, nor was it simply incidental.  The wounds were purposely inflicted and blood specifically shed to buy back humanity and re-create it in the original image of God. 4

In the Old Testament, the high priest was instructed to cleanse the articles in the inner chamber--the Holy of Holies, the very Mercy Seat--in the cloud of God’s presence.  The priest took the blood of the sin sacrifice animals and shook it over the mercy seat seven times to cleanse, make atonement and consecrate5.   From our vantage point in history, we can correlate this to Jesus’ death generally, and specifically.   Jesus spilled His blood in seven specific ways to fulfill the sacrificial representations of the Mosaic Law.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus agonized over the plan He knew to be God’s will for Him.  The Bible says He sweated great drops as of blood6.   In the Garden of Eden, the first Adam surrendered his will to Lucifer and the curse began; in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus struggled in agony and surrendered His will to God, and the curse began to break.  Mankind would be able to once again have the image God intended; the born-again believer would have access to the fellowship of righteousness with God. What the first Adam lost for all of mankind, the last Adam, Jesus, bought back for all of mankind.7

At the whipping post, Jesus was flogged. This was a part of all Roman executions with just a few exceptions.  Most people have heard of the cruelty and severity of a Roman flogging, the assault on the flesh, tearing the skin and muscles; but the simple fact that the scourging was foretold made it clear that His death would occur in exactly this time period and in Roman culture, not the typical “stoning” that Jewish law would have inflicted.  The blood loss at floggings was excessive.   Isaiah tells us that Jesus’ scourging bought our physical healing.  The Psalmist declares forgiveness of sin and healing of all diseases as benefits enjoyed by God’s people.  Jesus equated forgiveness of sin with physical healing.  Physical healing was a part of the Mosaic covenant, and it’s a part of the born-again believer’s blood-bought deal.8

The Roman soldiers made crown of thorns, this was NOT a normal part of the crucifixion process, although mockery was common.  But Satan’s cruel and vindictive nature played directly into his own undoing.   The thorny symbols of the curse on the earth and Adam’s curse regarding toil just to live by the “sweat of your brow” were pushed onto Jesus’ brow, drawing blood.  The curse on the earth to withhold from man, that caused mankind labor and toil, was revoked with a covenant sealed in Jesus’ blood.  God’s covenant promises to provide abundantly, so much that it cannot be contained, enough to share with others, was inked with blood.9

It was common practice for soldiers to taunt and beat convicts during the preliminaries before execution and the gospels record that this was what happened to Jesus.  Luke tells us Jesus was beaten by the mob prior to Pilate’s inquisition as well.  He was punched and slapped.   Isaiah says He “has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;“ was “stricken, smitten….He was bruised or crushed for our iniquities.”  Bruising is internal bleeding, hidden under the skin, not usually visible immediately; but it is spilled blood nonetheless.  Iniquity is a type of sin that may not be readily seen, often a moral fault or perversity, with far reaching, long term impact; the word denotes guilt carried—sometimes through generations-- and punishment.   Life-long struggles can be caused by the moral faults or learned negative behaviors of influences in our environment.  Mental, emotional and physical ailments along with griefs and sorrows can be the results of this type of sin and guilt—on the sinner and those affected by the sin.  Jesus’ bled specifically to break that curse, forgive iniquities and heal the invisible and visible results of iniquity.10

The hands are representative of power, authority.  Under the Mosaic Law, the hands and feet of the priests were holy, cleansed with water and sanctified with blood.  In the Old Testament, fathers would lay their hands on their children convey blessings or transfer sin.  Jesus raised His hands to bless His disciples. Moses’ raised hands won a battle.  The false god Dagon was stripped of authority (represented by hands and head) in the presence of God.  Both Testaments use the term “holy hands.”  In the New Testament, believers’ hands have power and authority over sickness and evil spirits along with use as a conduit for the baptism of the Holy Spirit; believers are told not to lay hands on people suddenly.  The Mosaic Law and covenant promised “The LORD your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hands.” Jesus gave believers’ hands the prosperity of the old covenant and additional authority in dealing with sickness through the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ new covenant of authority is expanded and better and God sealed it in His own blood.11

Feet represented dominion.  The first Adam was given dominion over the earth and its beasts--including the serpent.  Jesus quoted the 110st Psalm about putting enemies under His feet, as does Peter and the writer of Hebrews; both references evoke the original curse to the serpent.   Moses and Joshua were both promised dominion for Israel in every place they set their foot.  The shadow of the Mosaic Law for the Aaronic priesthood of cleansing with water and sanctifying with blood is again represented here.  Jesus had cleansed His disciples’ feet just a few hours before the sanctifying blood was shed from His own feet.  And in shedding that blood, He gained victory over the enemy for mankind, crushing Satan under the feet of the blood-bought children of God.12

The final place that Jesus shed His blood was from His pierced side.  Isaiah says “He was pierced for our transgressions”.  Transgression is sin of rebellion or faithlessness.  It is not an accidental sin.  It is sin that is known in the sinner’s heart to be wrong.  David, a “man after God’s own heart,” links broken hearts and spirits with contrite hearts and spirits, and calls these “the sacrifices of God” that precede forgiveness.  Faithless human hearts need to be broken in complete repentance on the Cornerstone before the cleansing blood can complete its work and produce the new, healed heart.  Many Bible scholars believe Jesus literally died of a broken heart evidenced by His loud cry at death and the spear’s resulting watery blood.  Jesus proclaimed He was sent to ”bind up the broken hearted” and heal them.   This is a picture of the sinner who is truly ‘broken’ over their sin.  Although the blood/water mixture was spilled after Jesus’ death, it was released internally at His death.  Jesus said “rivers of living water will flow from within" His believers, speaking of the Holy Spirit that would be poured out on all flesh because of His death.  This is a beautiful detail John includes from his first-hand, up-close witness testimony, and the symbolism in the seventh place Jesus shed His blood is profound.13

His death bought us life with the Father after death but His wounds in His flesh before His death bought us life, healing, provision, blessing and fellowship with the Father in our flesh and life on earth before death.  All the benefits covered in the Old Covenant are still covered in the New.  But the New Covenant adds the most significant benefit of all. 14

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