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have faith in him,

have faith in him, including his own family. Some of them said that Jesus was out of his mind [Mark 3:21]. Unfortunately, countless people have tried to arrest or kill Jesus. This is illustrated in the example: Jesus was arrested, but none of the guards wanted to touch him or kill him. Also, when he was in the city of Sloan, some people had started questioning him, and because they didn’t like his response, started throwing stones at him as if they were trying to kill him. It is evident that the people were ignorant, and did not know of Jesus’ work. Jesus knew that some people wanted to kill him, so he warned his disciples that they too would be hated and possibly meet the same fate as he. But why would people that followed Jesus be so hateful? Being ignorant, many just did not understand Jesus ministry work. Since he knew his time was coming, he told his disciples that they were not above a teacher or slaves. He warned: Do not sell a coin for a small value, and do not fear death. Now we are talking about the suffering of Jesus. As we know, on his last trip he had challenged the temple for selling pennies. Yet, because his authority was questioned by some leaders, two things occurred: 1) He predicted that in two days he would be killed at time of Passover, 2) Judas planned the betrayal of Jesus to religious leaders. At this time, Jesus also had his followers prepare a Passover lamb, and he offered a prayer on their behalf. Later that night it was said, he was betrayed and arrested. It was here at this point in time that his suffering began. It is illustrated here that Judas carried out the betrayal for 30 pieces of silver. He had always had the reputation of being a thief, as he always stole from people. In the example, Judas had lead the soldiers to Jesus and made it possible for the soldiers to spot Jesus, by saying, “Whoever it is I kiss is he, take him into custody.” [118] Jesus’ clothes were ripped off. People were hitting his face with their fists. Unfortunately, this was happening during the night trail [118]. His suffering just got worse and worse; he was impaled [12 4]. He was forced to make a cross from a huge stake that he was forced to drag along the trail to an isolated area of the woods. Starvation and thirst were setting in, and his disciples told of the suffering that was such stress, pain and torture; he was sweating profusely and it could be seen that under the stress, his tiny blood cells were rupturing in his sweat glands, and great drops of blood fell to the ground [Luke 22:24]. He may have been in danger of going into severe shock unless he had fluids, and we know that

he was not given any fluids. In his final hours, he was severely beaten by the Romans. They had had a seourge – which was a whip designed to rip flesh from the body. His body fluids were building up around his lungs. And just to add to his suffering a crown of thorns was pushed into his head. It was reported that he went into severe shock. Dr. Fredrick Zuqibe stated that driving a nail into the central nerves would cause such terrible pain that no medication could relieve. It would cause shooting pain like light bulbs going off. The way Jesus was positioned on the cross would have a lot to do also with the severity of the pain. His pain would have been so extreme that even the slightest breeze touching the skin would produce torturous pain. It is also important here to talk of the Last Supper, who was there and why. Pastor Mary Austin of WCCCD told me that for her the importance is that it was the meal Jesus prepared for his followers, including Judas, who later betrayed him. And Jesus could foresee that he would be betrayed. Co-Pastor, Regina Nevels, tells that it was during this time that he spoke his last words to his followers and served them bread and wine. To them the bread was a symbol of his broken body and the wine a symbol of the blood that poured out for their sins. During this time Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, which makes one wonder why this ritual is not practiced in any of the churches of today. According to the Bible in Corinthians Chapter 11:23, we’re told to have communion and proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes back. In another chapter of the Bible, Jesus states “I tell you about death – unless a kernel of wheat falls, it will remain a seed; but if it dies it produces.” Jesus was not afraid of dying, and in fact after his death, a lot of people were afraid because they didn’t understand, so they felt disappointed. There were others that wanted to preserve his body. It’s shown in the Bible two women made more spices. Some of Jesus’ own followers left out of fear that they would be next. And a lot of people didn’t understand what he had meant; they thought he would change things, so that is why they were saddened. This brings us to the end of that Part One.