The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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 The Piercing of Jesus
Part 2
By Al Stoner

              

The Allusion to a Time of Great Mourning.  “In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart” (Zech. 12:11-14).


The mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.  The allusion to this specific occasion is more important to us than the specific details.  In this case the things which are said in the context give power to the allusion, so that our hearts are able to consider, and be affected sufficiently in order to run with thoughts being expressed here.
It is possible that this could be referring to the slaying of king Josiah in the valley of Megiddon, but regardless, this was an occasion of national significance and national mourning in the memory of Israel.
The Account of the Slaying of King Josiah.  “Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?  In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.  And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulcher. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead” (II Kgs. 23:26-30).
When the Deliver “shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Rom. 11:26), that shall be time of national significance and national mourning that shall greatly eclipse any former time.  The very graphic representation of this time of mourning by the Prophet Zechariah (ch. 12:11-14) is very significant.  There shall be a national “owning up” to what they did to their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.  “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord” (Mt. 23:39; cf. Lk. 13:35).
     A National Owning of the Responsibility for the Piercing of Christ.  “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children” (Mt. 27:24-25).
This word spoken by the murderers of Jesus is similar in kind to that which was spoken by the people at the foot of Mt. Sinai.  “And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die” (Exod. 20:19).  God is very sensitive about the thing that men say, and especially so, regarding His only begotten Son.  The men who said this shall be called into account for this, and if they have not repented, it shall not go well with them in the Day of Judgment.
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” Mt. 12:36-37). Every word, whether good or evil, is being recorded in the books.
 The Piercing by the Soldiers with a Spear. “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.  And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.  For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of Him shall not be broken.  And again another scripture saith, They shall look on Him whom they pierced” (Jn. 19:34-37).  May we ever be tenderly affected by things such as this.
 The Passover Lamb.  Consider the following words regarding the Passover lamb with regard to Christ our Passover who was sacrificed for us.  “And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: But every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.  A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.  In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof” (Exod. 12:43-46).  We would draw your attention to this very specific enjoinder regarding the bones of this sacrifice.
 Jesus Christ, the Righteous.  “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.  He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken” (Ps. 34:20).
 
Truly, many were the afflictions of Christ, the Righteous One.  His afflictions were unfathomable in their scope and degree.  “Our light affliction” (II Cor. 4:17), by comparison, only takes on significance when it is associated with His. 


Perhaps, the matter of Christ’s bones not being broken was purposed to be only a witness to the faithfulness of God, so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.  But perhaps, there is more involved here.  As in the case of Job, the God of Heaven set specific limits upon the Devil as to how far he could go in afflicting Job.  It just may be that similarly the Lord God set specific limits as to how far Satan and “the power of darkness” (Lk. 22:53) could go in afflicting His only begotten Son.  They could assault His body, but His bones they must leave alone, and that, by Divine decree.  A bone of Him shall not be broken.  A BONE OF HIM SHALL NOT BE BROKEN!


 Contrast David’s Prayer of Penitence. “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice” (Ps. 51:8).
Shepherds would sometimes break the bones of sheep that had a tendency to stray from the fold, as is being alluded to here in David’s prayer of repentance.  But in the case of the Chief Shepherd, the spotless Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, His face was set “like a flint” (Isa. 50:7) “to go to Jerusalem” (Lk. 9:51) from beginning to end, and thus there was no just cause for His bones to be broken.
 The Piercing of Christ Not Forgotten by God. “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen” (Rev. 1:7).
Though myriads of generations of men have multiplied upon the earth, yet those specific ones who were responsible for piercing God’s only begotten Son have not been forgotten by Him. How could He forget it?  “In the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Rom. 2:5), He shall say unto these men who pierced the Lord’s Christ, one by one, thou art the man!
Woe be unto the men who pierced Him!  Woe be unto the ones who cried out for Jesus’ blood to be upon them, and upon their children!  Woe be unto the nation that was cultured of God to receive the Savior, and yet rejected Him!  Woe be unto all who do not fall upon the stone, and be broken (cf. Mt. 21:44).  Woe be unto the world because of offenses!  But blessed are all they who are in Him through obedience to the gospel, and who put their trust in Him! --Al Stoner
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"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).