Sunday, September 16, 2007
He heard my voice. Jonah said, “I cried by reason of my affliction unto the Lord, and the He heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.” Jonah 2:2.
This reminds me of when Jesus cried unto His Father on that cross at Calvary. He cried, with a loud voice saying , “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” That is to say, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” For the cross was a living hell on this earth for Him.
Now, Jesus Father did answer Him, for the scriptures said of the resurrection of Christ, “That His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption,” well this explains it perfectly. Jesus was not left on that hell of a cross, the cross did not take His life, for Jesus gave up the ghost Himself, after completing the completed work of redemption, by paying for our sins in full.
When Christ cried it is finished on that cross, it was finished, He did not need to go into the pit of hell itself to accomplish anything more, for all was completed at the cross, that is why we believe in the completed work of Christ.
No man could take the life of Jesus, the scriptures say that Christ saw no corruption that means that He never went into the pit of hell, as some people are teaching today, for if Jesus did He would have seen corruption itself.
Now some people are taught that Jesus preached to the imprisoned spirits recorded in 1Peter 3v19, which He did, but the scripture does not say that these spirits were in the pit of hell.
Another scripture which speaks of the crucifixion can be found in Psalm 18, it speaks of the sorrows of death, which surrounded Jesus, and the threat of death, by ungodly men. It speaks of how Christ cried unto God His Father and His Father heard Him.
Then the earth shook and trembled, the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken because God His Father was mad with what they had done to His Son. This Psalm also speaks of how Christ was delivered and that His Father stood by Him, and then His Father brought our Lord into heaven, delivering and rewarding Christ by giving Him a name above all names. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth.
Philippians 2:9,10, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
It is a thing most wonderful, Almost too wonderful to be, That God’s own Son should come from heaven, And die to save a child like me. Oh, it was love, It’ was wonderous love; The love of God to me; It’ brought my Saviour from above, To die on Calvary.