Thursday, January 31, 2008

The significance of Golgotha

Nothing in the Bible is incidental. So what is the significance of Jesus being crucified "at Golgotha (the place of the Skull) " according to Mark 15v22?
Rev 12 tells us that the serpent in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3 is that great dragon Satan.
God's promise to Eve in Gen 3v15 that her seed will strike this beast's head and he will only bruise his heel sounds far from impressive if we think of it only as a tiny snake. Eve could have crushed it's head herself. But if it is a mighty beast then bruising its unreachable head sounds far more impressive. How will mankind ever conquer Satan, sin and death?
When David, God's great king, encounters the mighty beast of a man Goliath in 1 Sam 17 we learn some important things. Goliath is about 10 feet tall and he is from Gath. A beast of a man.
How does David kill him? By bruising his unreachable head with a stone and then chopping off his head and bringing it back to Jerusalem 1 Sam 17v54. Because Jerusalem was the holy city this would have been hung outside the city, not inside. Where?
Gol-Gath-a. A contraction of Goliath of Gath. The place of his giant skull.
So Jesus, the Son of David, comes along and dies at Golgotha, there defeating and disarming the mighty Leviathan Satan Col 2v13-15 and putting him to shame. How? By his feet being BRUISED and pierced on the tree as he dies for our sins winning forgiveness and redemption and new life for sinful mankind.
Joshua 10v24 says that defeated kings were humiliated by the victors placing their feet on the losing Kings' necks. Jesus, the victorious King's feet at the cross rest on The Place of the Skull. Death has been defeated by Jesus!
Hallelujah!

6 Comments:

At 9:20 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for clarifying the aspect of Golgotha. You are truly blessed with discernment.

 
At 5:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the dying words of Christ:
Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
indicate that this was the (to us be-known) 1st and only time ever the Trinity was torn apart, such is the love of God, His holiness and His aversion against sin, that He did even forsake His own Son - in order for us to be saved. Can anyone expect anything but the most exponential excruciating eternal punishment for ignoring so great salvation? Heb 2:3
LiC
gabriel

 
At 5:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So cool!!!

 
At 5:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Greater Love Thank You Abba

 
At 12:28 am, Anonymous Femi said...

Wonderful exposition. Thank you
Do you think other kings were hung on d walls of Jerusalem too after the children of Israel defeated them?
Like to hear your resPonse

 
At 10:26 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just thinking on the three crosses and Jesus' s reason for the three crosses rather than just his own as we mostly only relate to in everyday life. Can you give your thoughts on the this.

 

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