Monday, February 11, 2019

Christ Crucified: A Sequel to Christ in His Suffering and Christ on Trial Hardcover – 1944 by Klaas; Zylstra, Henry (trans) Schilder (Author)

This is my second reading of Schilder.

1. Christ being cast out of the gates.

First condemned, now cursed. Usually the sequence was this then declared an outlaw but Jesus was first made outside the law then condemned and cursed. As our surety he suffered hell for us but before he died. He suffered outside the city, the lace where the sin offerings were taken.

2.Christ's right of requisition completely denied.

The condemned man had to carry his cross to the place of execution but a scourged Jesus was so weak he was given the hep of a man from Libya. Simon was compacted to carry the cross. We are called to willingly bear Christ's cross.

3. Christ's last ministration of the word

Christ is the green tree, the tree of life from Eden, being cut down willingly as mediator. Christ the prophet gives his last public discourse. Speaks on judgement and his next discourse will be when he comes in judgement.

4. Christ on Golgotha

The exact location does not matter but between Zion the place of revelation and Hinnom that of judgement.

5. Christ not repelling his judge

It was usual to give the condemned man a sedative drink to lessen pain and provoke a confession. Christ refuses to alleviate his suffering. A sedated Jesus could not be a true representative mediator. He would have put bodily ease above his spiritual worn.

6. Christ under the catastrophic curse

No_one is certain as to the details of how crucifixion was carried out. (But I have read elsewhere that wrists not hands were pierced with nails) He was lifted up as a witness to all that God's curse was on him. The curse fell on Christ before he died.

7 Christ isolating himself in the catastrophic curse.

When Christ prayed 'Father forgive', who were the objects of he his prayer? If it was all those who put him to death, Jews and Romans, did not the Father always here the Son's prayer? So it is said here not that they be given a judicial reprieve for there sin but that exception of judgement on them be delayed.

8. Christ among the bandits

Angry with the Jews, Pilate mocked them with the inscription, King of the Jews, and by putting their king between common criminals. This fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy that he would be numbered with the transgressors.

9. Christ disrobed

He was probably naked after his clothes were divided, The executioners had a legal right to the possessions of the condemned. Nakedness in Eden was a sign of beautiful creation before the fall. Clothing man's shame was common grace.Now even that blessing is lost to Christ. He was stripped even of common grace to bring us grace. He who could have everything was reduced to the shame of having nothing. From the east he was brought gifts. men from the west plundered him. Here he turned the other cheek and surrendered his clothes as he taught on the mount.

10. Christ's supreme title

Pilate mocked the Jews and unwittingly proclaimed to all the world that Jesus is a king.

11. Christ suffering the mockery of hell

The silent Christ suffered as the innocent unable to reply for at the same time he was the cursed sin bearer. Under the curse he had to silently suffer before man and God.

 12. Crhrist's paradoxical plague and forgotten chapter

Various kinds of people mocked. Some said they would believe if He did the miracle of escape from the cross but when he did miracles before they said it was the devil's power. Until now Christ's being king or prophet has been challenged but no questioning of his priesthood. As it is now mocked , he is silent. He silently bears the curse as our sin-bearer. Passive obedience, he is silent, active obedience he commits himself to his father.

13. Christ's super-paradoxical amen.

Some time after one malefactor mocked, Jesus addresses the repentant thief with his Amen. What he says is true. He is certain that after he bears our sin he will be welcomed in heaven and this before the cry of dereliction.This is a cry of triumph. But then the darkness comes and this evokes the cry of dereliction.

14. Christ confronting the dead Judas with the dead scoundrel.

The sincerity of the thief's repentance is indicated by his Saviour's response.

15. Christ substituting himself.

The emphasis is on Christ, not Mary. He was obeying the fifth commandment, honour your father and mother, and so fulfilling the law on our behalf. He conceals his intent. There is no word on resurrection. The relationship with Mary changes from human family when he calls her woman nt mother. She is now part of the church.

16.  Christ Exlex in the Darkness:Christ outside of the Gates of God

The darkness was miraculous, not an eclipse and signifies Christ in hell. Contrast this darkness with the light on the mount of transfiguration where His glory shone.

17. Christ thrust away but not separated from God.

The cry of dereliction is impossible to comprehend its meaning. As a man He is forsaken for God cannot forsake God.

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