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Series: “The Gospel According to Isaiah”
The Gospel of Isaiah, written 700 years before Christ, reveals the Jewish nature of our Messiah and the fulfillment of His coming as the Lamb of God. See why New Testament authors have quoted Isaiah more than any other Old Testament source and why this Old Testament narrative is often called the 5th Gospel.
Episode: “Jesus’ Death”
How can a Jewish Messiah be “numbered with the transgressors?” Set within the backdrop of the Garden of Gethsemane, Jeff reports on Jesus’ suffering and travail as foreseen by Isaiah to fulfill a final blood atonement for the entire world. This program offers a dramatic exploration into Jesus’ sacrifice for sins and a special moment with Zola, playing “For His Name’s Sake.”

Caption transcript for The Gospel According to Isaiah: “Jesus’ Death” (4/8)

  • 00:12 HE IS DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN.
  • 00:17 WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS AND BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES.
  • 00:24 HE IS BROUGHT AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER.
  • 00:29 WRITTEN 700 YEARS BEFORE CHRIST, ISAIAH KNEW THAT THIS PROPHETIC SCRIPTURE
  • 00:34 WOULD ONE DAY BE FULFILLED IN THE LAMB OF GOD, JESUS.
  • 00:45 WELL, A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:49 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 00:53 AND WE ARE LOOKING AT ISAIAH AREN'T WE?
  • 00:56 WE ARE.
  • 00:57 SHALOM JEFF, HOW ARE YOU?
  • 00:58 ISAIAH IS A GREAT STORY.
  • 00:59 YES, ISAIAH TELLS A GREAT STORY AND ON THE MENU TODAY, ISAIAH 53:7.
  • 01:17 WHO DO YOU THINK THAT'S TALKING ABOUT?
  • 01:18 MESSIAH.
  • 01:20 I THINK SO, IN FACT JUDAISM SAGES THOUGHT SO FOR MILLENNIA.
  • 01:24 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 01:26 WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THIS PERSONALITY WHO IS DESPISED AND REJECTED.
  • 01:29 WHO WENT OFF AS A SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER AS WE CONSIDER THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ISAIAH.
  • 01:36 ALL WE LIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY.
  • 01:38 WE HAVE TURNED EVERYONE TO HIS OWN WAY.
  • 01:41 AND THE LORD HATH LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL.
  • 01:45 HE WAS OPPRESSED AND HE WAS AFFLICTED YET HE OPENED NOT HIS MOUTH.
  • 01:50 HE IS BROUGHT AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER AND AS A SHEEP BEFORE HER SHEARERS
  • 01:55 IS DUMB SO HE OPENETH NOT HIS MOUTH.
  • 01:58 HE IS NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS AND HE BEARED THE SIN OF MANY
  • 02:03 AND MADE INTERCESSION FOR THE TRANSGRESSORS.
  • 02:11 LUKE TELLS US THAT THE FIRST DROPS OF BLOOD THAT JESUS SHED
  • 02:16 WERE SHED BEFORE HE ACTUALLY GOT TO THE CROSS.
  • 02:19 LUKE TELLS US THAT HE SHED THEM HERE IN GETHSEMANE
  • 02:25 ON ONE QUIET MORNING SOME TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.
  • 02:31 SO QUIET WAS IT THAT WHEN HE TRIED TO GET HIS DISCIPLES TO GET UP AND PRAY
  • 02:36 THEY WOULDN'T DO IT.
  • 02:38 THE GOSPEL AUTHORS TELLS US THEY WERE HEAVY WITH SLEEP.
  • 02:41 AND JESUS SAID "COULD YOU NOT PRAY WITH ME BUT ONE HOUR?"
  • 02:46 JESUS WAS IN THE THROWS OF TRAVAIL, PAINED AS HE WAS ANTICIPATING THE NEXT MOVE.
  • 02:54 HIS TALMIDIM, HIS DISCIPLES
  • 02:56 JUST ANTICIPATED A GOOD NIGHTS REST AFTER A LONG PASSOVER SEDER, THE LAST SUPPER.
  • 03:02 BUT JESUS HIMSELF KNEW THAT THE PASSOVER WAS THE COUNTDOWN TO HIS FINALE, TO HIS ENDING.
  • 03:08 AND HE KNEW HE'D GO FROM THIS GARDEN TO THE CROSS.
  • 03:20 HERE IN AS MUCH AS THE OLIVE OILS WOULD BE GROUND
  • 03:24 AND THEN BY VIRTUE OF THEIR SO DOING PRODUCE THEIR OIL,
  • 03:28 SO IT HERE JESUS AS HE'S CONFRONTED WITH HIS HORRIFIC DEMISE SWEATS BLOOD PROFUSELY.
  • 03:37 IT'S HERE AT THE BASE OF THE MOUNT OF OLIVES WITH OLIVES TO MY EAST AND TO MY WEST
  • 03:43 THE "BET HAMIKDASH", THE TEMPLE, THE HOUSE OF GOD.
  • 03:47 YOU MIGHT RECALL, FOR LUKE DOES, THAT IT WAS MANY YEARS PRIOR,
  • 03:52 IT WAS DURING THIS HOLIDAY WHEN JESUS FIRST ARTICULATED, "I MUST BE ABOUT MY FATHER'S BUSINESS".
  • 04:01 AND WHAT'S THE BUSINESS OF GOD IN THE HOUSE?
  • 04:03 COME PASSOVER TIMES THE LAMBS ARE LINED UP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.
  • 04:08 AS ISRAELITES WOULD BRING THEIR LAMB IF THEY COULDN'T BRING ONE AFAR THEY'D PURCHASE ONE NEAR.
  • 04:15 BUT OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE WAS THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS, THE SLAUGHTER OF THE LAMBS.
  • 04:22 NOW HERE WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS CHRISTIAN STORY,
  • 04:25 BUT FROM THIS SACRED PLACE I WANT TO REMIND YOU
  • 04:28 THAT THIS CHRISTIAN STORY DOESN'T HAVE IT'S ROOTS IN CHRISTIAN LITERATURE
  • 04:34 FOR, IN THE 8TH CENTURY BEFORE CHRIST
  • 04:38 THE PROPHET ISAIAH HAD HIMSELF FORETOLD
  • 04:41 THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD COME AND THAT HE HIMSELF WOULD TRAVAIL.
  • 04:46 IN HIS OWN WAY HE GIVES VOICE TO THE FACT THAT HE WILL SWEAT PROFUSELY
  • 04:51 AS HE LABORS BENEATH THE BURDEN OF CALVARY'S CROSS.
  • 04:56 I'D LIKE YOU TO TURN IN YOUR IN YOUR BIBLES PLEASE TO ISAIAH CHAPTER 53
  • 04:59 AND I WANT YOU TO PICK IT UP IN YOUR VERSION.
  • 05:02 I'M GOING TO PICK IT UP IN MINE IN VERSE 11.
  • 05:11 HE WILL LABOR IMMENSELY UNDER THE PRESSURE OF INNER AGONIES.
  • 05:15 BUT THROUGH IT ALL THAT HE WILL SEE SOMETHING GOOD TO COME OF IT
  • 05:20 AND HE WILL EVEN BE SATISFIED WITH IT, PAINFUL THOUGH IT IS.
  • 05:23 HE SAYS HE'LL SEE THE TRAVAIL OF HIS SOUL AND BE SATISFIED.
  • 05:42 HE SEES THAT THROUGH HIS TRAVAIL, THROUGH HIS SUFFERING, THROUGH HIS CROSS,
  • 05:48 THAT HE'LL SUFFER NO LOSS, BUT RATHER WHAT HE'LL DO
  • 05:51 IS HE'LL INCREASE HIS SWAY ON PLANET EARTH.
  • 05:54 HE WON'T BE DIMINISHED THROUGH HIS DEATH
  • 05:56 BUT, RATHER HE WILL BRING MANY SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 06:01 AND THEN THE PROPHET IS EXPLICIT.
  • 06:05 HE FINISHES THE VERSE SAYING.
  • 06:14 THE LANGUAGE SOUNDS SO VERY NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 06:17 BUT UNDERSTAND THAT THE CONCEPT IS ROOTED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 06:23 AS WE NOTE HERE IN ISAIAH AND AS WE CAN DISCOVER ELSEWHERE IN THE SCRIPTURE
  • 06:29 AS WE TRACE THE COLOR RED, THE COLOR OF BLOOD
  • 06:32 FROM GENESIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE LITERATURE HERE TO THE BLOOD DROPS OF JESUS,
  • 06:38 WHO BY VIRTUE OF HIS SHEDDING THAT BLOOD,
  • 06:40 ISAIAH SAYS "HE BEARS THE INIQUITIES OF OTHERS".
  • 06:44 AND HE DOESN'T JUST SAY IT HERE.
  • 06:46 THE CHAPTER FINISHES UP ON SUCH THE SAME NOTE.
  • 06:49 HE SAYS IN CHAPTER 53:12 IN THE SECOND PART OF THAT VERSE HE SAYS.
  • 06:59 YOU NEED JESUS DIED BETWEEN TWO THIEVES WHO SAY "LISTEN, WE DESERVE TO BE HERE".
  • 07:04 JESUS DIED WITH THE GUILTY THOUGH HE HIMSELF WAS INNOCENT.
  • 07:08 AND EVEN THAT WAS PREDICTED ISAIAH SAYS
  • 07:09 "THAT HE WILL BE NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS".
  • 07:19 IT'S NOT JUST THAT HE DIED BETWEEN SINNERS
  • 07:23 BUT THAT HE HIMSELF BORE SIN IN THE PROCESS OF HIS DEATH.
  • 07:27 HE TOOK ON THE PENALTY OF SIN SO WE WOULDN'T NEED TO DO SO.
  • 07:31 AND THEN IT'S MADE EXPLICIT AS THIS SECTION COMES TO A CLOSE.
  • 07:43 THERE MIGHT BE SOME THAT SAY "I NEED A LITTLE HELP MISTER
  • 07:47 BECAUSE I'M JUST OVERRUN WITH MY OWN SINS AND MY OWN CIRCUMSTANCES,
  • 07:51 THE FRUITS OF MY BAD LIVING AND I JUST DON'T HOW TO EXTRICATE MYSELF IN THIS.
  • 07:55 I DON'T HOW TO GET OUT."
  • 07:57 FAIR ENOUGH, IT'S A REASONABLE QUESTION.
  • 07:59 IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IMPRISONED TO SIN AND CIRCUMSTANCES AND YOU CAN'T GET OUT,
  • 08:03 THE GOOD NEWS IS AS IS THERE IS A SAVIOR WHO CAME TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR YOU
  • 08:08 AND SET YOU FREE AND ENABLE YOU THEN TO WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE.
  • 08:13 YOU SAY "WELL MISTER THAT SOUNDS LIKE CHRISTIAN PREACHING".
  • 08:16 WELL, I GRANT THAT IT IS BUT IT'S ROOTED IN OLD TESTAMENT BIBLICAL LITERATURE.
  • 08:20 IN THE 8TH CENTURY BEFORE CHRIST WE HEAR FROM THE MOUTH OF ISAIAH THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD COME.
  • 08:27 AND WHAT DOES HE TELL US ABOUT THAT MESSIAH?
  • 08:29 THAT HE LABORS IMMENSELY UNDER THE BURDEN OF SIN, THAT HE EXPERIENCES TRAVAIL IN HIS SOUL.
  • 08:36 BUT NEVERTHELESS HE'S COMFORTED BECAUSE HE SAW YOU THROUGH THE BLOOD
  • 08:40 AND HE SAW ME AND HE KNEW THAT GOOD WOULD COME OF IT.
  • 08:44 HIS LIFE SEEMED TO BE COMING TO AN INGLORIOUS END BUT HE LIVES ON.
  • 08:49 BECAUSE HE ROSE FROM THE DEATH WE CAN EXPERIENCE A RESURRECTION FROM OUR OWN DEATH
  • 08:54 AND WALK IN THE NEWNESS OF LIFE.
  • 08:56 ISAIAH SAYS THAT "HE SEES THE FRUIT OF THE TRAVAIL OF HIS SOUL AND BE SATISFIED".
  • 09:01 HE SAYS THAT "BY HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IMPUTED TO US WE ARE MADE RIGHTEOUS".
  • 09:07 HE SAYS "BY KNOWLEDGE OF HIM SINNERS ARE TRANSFORMED",
  • 09:10 AND OH MAY IT BE, THAT YOU'RE TOUCHED YOURSELF AS YOU HEAR THIS WORD FROM THE SCRIPTURE
  • 09:16 BROUGHT FROM THE VERY GARDEN OF GESTHEMANE,
  • 09:20 THE PLACE WHERE JESUS BEGAN SHEDDING HIS BLOOD SOME TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.
  • 09:39 THE WORD "PARADISE" COMES FROM THE WORD MEANING "ENCLOSED GARDEN"
  • 09:44 HENCE THE EXPRESSION GOD HAD IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN IS DEEMED "PARADISE"
  • 09:48 BECAUSE YOU'RE LOOKING AT A SECLUDED AREA THAT'S CORDONED OFF FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD.
  • 09:52 IN CERTAIN RESPECTS THE GARDEN OF GESTHEMANE REMINDS ME OF THAT.
  • 09:58 THIS IS A GARDEN, IT'S A PLACE CUT OFF FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD AND A BUSY WORLD AT THAT.
  • 10:04 HERE WE ARE AT THE BASE OF THE MT. OF OLIVES
  • 10:06 AND YOU CAN SEE THE RETAINING WALL AROUND THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM JUST ABOVE ME
  • 10:10 AND WHAT'S LEFT OF THE EASTERN GATE.
  • 10:13 IT'S ALL SEALED UP RIGHT NOW.
  • 10:14 PEOPLE DON'T GO IN THERE ANYMORE, BUT PEOPLE DRIVE AROUND IT.
  • 10:17 YOU'VE SEEN SOME CARS OR A BUS OR MAYBE YOU'VE HEARD SOME NOISES
  • 10:21 AND IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES YOU MAY WELL HEAR THE NOISE OF ISLAM BECKONING INDIVIDUALS TO PRAYER
  • 10:28 BECAUSE THIS LOUD SPEAKER IS SET UPIN THE ARAB CORRIDOR NOT FAR FROM ME.
  • 10:32 SOME THINGS HAVE CHANGED, SOME THINGS HAVEN'T.
  • 10:36 I WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO A STORY HERE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 3
  • 10:41 TO GO ALONG WITH THE GETHSEMANE STORY
  • 10:43 WHERE JESUS BEGINS HIS PATHWAY TO HIS PERSONAL ARMAGEDDON.
  • 10:47 YOU MIGHT RECALL HE SWEAT BLOOD IN THIS PLACE AND THEN HE WAS MARSHALED OUT OF HERE,
  • 10:53 MANHANDLED BY SOLDIERS AND TAKEN AWAY.
  • 10:55 AND BEFORE THE SUN WAS HIGH IN THE SKY THE FOLLOWING DAY,
  • 10:58 AS THE SUN WENT UP HE WAS ON CALVARY'S CROSS.
  • 11:01 SOME TIME HAD PASSED, HE WAS CRUCIFIED, BURIED AND HE HAD RISEN.
  • 11:06 AND NOW HERE IN ACTS CHAPTER 3 IN THE WAKE OF GETTING A RUSH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
  • 11:12 PETER AND JOHN WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE ONE
  • 11:14 WENT UP TOGETHER TO THE TEMPLE
  • 11:16 AT THE HOUR OF PRAYER, THE NINTH HOUR.
  • 11:18 THERE WERE TIMES WHEN THE JEWISH TEMPLE STOOD ON THAT HILL
  • 11:22 WHERE AUTHORITIES BECKON INDIVIDUALS TO PRAYER,
  • 11:25 MUCH AS YOU HEAR THE VOICE OF ISLAM
  • 11:27 BECKONING ADHERENTS TO PRAYER, THIS WAS DIFFERENT.
  • 11:30 PETER AND JOHN WENT THERE TO WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE TEMPLE
  • 11:34 AND AS THE STORY GOES THEY HAPPENED UPON A LAME MAN, SOMEONE WHO HAD BEEN PARALYZED.
  • 11:39 AND WHAT WE KNOW HERE IS THAT THEY CONFRONT, THEY PRAY
  • 11:45 AND THIS MAN RAISES FROM HIS MISERABLE ESTATE.
  • 11:49 TRANSFORMED AS HE WAS LITERALLY, NOT JUST TO MENTION INTERNALLY, HE'S CLINGING ON TO THESE MEN.
  • 11:57 AS WORD GETS OUT ABOUT THIS PEOPLE START TO RUSH PETER AND JOHN
  • 12:01 AND AFFORDS THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE A MESSAGE,
  • 12:04 ONE OF THE FIRST MESSAGES ON RECORD TO JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 12:08 AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD TO LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE NATURE OF JESUS,
  • 12:13 ABOUT THE WORK OF JESUS ON CALVARY'S CROSS.
  • 12:16 THEY USED THIS AS A TEACHING OPPORTUNITY.
  • 12:18 THEY MAKE MENTION HOW JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED BUT DOWN IN VERSE 17 THEY SAY
  • 12:28 THAT YOU WEREN'T AWARE,
  • 12:29 THOSE OF YOU THAT WERE CULPABLE IN PARTICIPATED IN THE DEATH OF JESUS,
  • 12:33 THE COMMONER AND RULER ALIKE.
  • 12:35 YOU REALLY WEREN'T AWARE; YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING".
  • 12:37 HE SAYS IT WAS DONE IN IGNORANCE.
  • 12:48 WE SPENT SOME TIME LOOKING AT HOW THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET ISAIAH
  • 12:53 HAD PREDICTED THAT THE MESSIAH WAS GOING TO SUFFER.
  • 12:56 AND HERE PETER SAYS "LISTEN, WE KNOW THAT THOSE THAT
  • 12:59 PARTICIPATED DIRECTLY IN THE ACT WEREN'T AWARE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING".
  • 13:03 WHAT WAS REALLY HAPPENING WAS THAT GOD WAS FULFILLING
  • 13:06 WHAT WAS PREDICTED BY THE MOUTH OF THE PROPHETS.
  • 13:08 AND THEN HE SAYS WHAT THEY MUST DO
  • 13:11 AND WHAT WAS INCUMBENT UPON THEM IS INCUMBENT UPON YOU
  • 13:15 HE SAYS IN VERSE 19, IN THE WAKE OF ALL THIS.
  • 13:30 THERE'S SOME BEAUTIFUL PROMISES AND POSSIBILITIES HERE.
  • 13:35 THERE'S A PROBLEM AS WELL.
  • 13:36 PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO CHANGE.
  • 13:38 PETER GETS UP AND SAYS "LISTEN, YOU MUST NEEDS REPENT".
  • 13:43 AND THE WORD REPENT IN HEBREW, "TASHUVA", MEANS TO CHANGE YOUR DIRECTION.
  • 13:47 SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING AWAY IN LIFE BUT IT'S THE WRONG WAY.
  • 13:50 IT'S NOT THE WAY OF THE CROSS, ITS A WAY OF LOST TO THEM PERSONALLY.
  • 13:53 THERE JUST ON A HIGHWAY TO HELL AND HE SAYS HERE "REPENT AND BE CONVERTED".
  • 14:01 NOW PEOPLE HAVE COME UP TO ME AND THEY SAY "MR. SEIF HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A CONVERTED JEW?"
  • 14:05 AND I'M SO VERY PLEASED TO INFORM THEM
  • 14:07 THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND MYSELF TO BE A CONVERTED JEW.
  • 14:09 I DO UNDERSTAND MYSELF TO BE A CONVERTED SINNER.
  • 14:12 AND IT IS NOT A SIN TO BE A JEW.
  • 14:14 IN FACT, IN MY LAST TRIP TO ISRAEL I CAME HERE ON THE HEELS OF HAVING RECEIVED A GRANT
  • 14:20 TO DO A RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE MESSIANIC MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL.
  • 14:23 MORE AND MORE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE COMING TO FAITH.
  • 14:26 IN 1948 WHEN ISRAEL JUST BECAME A NATION, THERE WERE 20 OR SO ON RECORD,
  • 14:31 JEWISH PEOPLE THAT WERE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS.
  • 14:33 NOW THERE'S OVER 10,000 AND REALLY IN EVERY MAJOR CITY,
  • 14:36 AND MINOR ONES FOR THAT MATTER EXCEPT FOR TWO,
  • 14:39 THERE IS A MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATION IN THE COUNTRY
  • 14:44 GROWING IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS HERE AS WOMEN AND MEN OF JEWISH EXTRACT ARE COMING TO FAITH,
  • 14:49 BUT NOT UNDERSTANDING THEMSELVES OF WALKING OUT OF BEING JEWISH IN PROCESS,
  • 14:54 BUT RATHER WALKING IN TO WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FULLY JEWISH
  • 14:57 BY VIRTUE OF AN EXPERIENCE WITH THE JEWISH MESSIAH.
  • 15:01 PETER HERE IS TALKING TO JEWS AND HE IS SAYING "REPENT AND BE CONVERTED".
  • 15:07 HE SAYS THEN, "THAT YOUR SINS MIGHT BE BLOTTED OUT".
  • 15:10 SOME OF US HAVE A STAIN OF SIN AND GUILT, A CRIMSON STAIN
  • 15:14 THAT JUST DOESN'T COME OUT WITH LAUNDRY.
  • 15:17 THERE'S NO CLOROX TO GET RID OF IT, BUT THERE'S A BLEACH,
  • 15:20 THERE'S A WAY THAT PEOPLE CAN BE BORN ANEW.
  • 15:23 IF YOU'VE MESSED UP THE LIFE THAT YOU WERE BORN WITH YOU CAN GET BORN AGAIN
  • 15:27 AND GET ANOTHER SHOT AT IT, JESUS SAYS.
  • 15:29 THERE'S ANOTHER WAY, THERE'S ANOTHER DAY, THERE'S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY
  • 15:32 IF INDIVIDUALS WOULD BUT REPENT OF THEIR SINS
  • 15:35 THEY COULD EXPERIENCE A GOD WHO WOULD BLOT OUT THEIR SINS
  • 15:39 AND THEN HE SAYS THAT "TIMES OF REFRESHING WOULD COME FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD".
  • 15:46 HEAR ME ON THIS, THERE'S NO WEIGHT GREATER THAN A GUILTY CONSCIENCE.
  • 15:52 INDIVIDUALS LABOR BENEATH THE BURDEN
  • 15:55 OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE A LIFE POORLY LIVED.
  • 16:00 IT USED TO BE ON TOP OF THIS HILL IN THE ANCIENT CITY OF JERUSALEM
  • 16:06 THAT PRIESTS WOULD RECEIVE OFFERINGS AND INDIVIDUALS COULD FIND IMPROVEMENT,
  • 16:11 THEY COULD FIND HEALTH AND HEALING.
  • 16:14 THEY COULD FIND THAT ANIMALS WOULD BE SACRIFICED IN PLACE OF THEM.
  • 16:17 WELL, THAT ACTIVITY HAS LONG SINCE CEASED.
  • 16:20 TODAY JEWISH PEOPLE CAN SAY "WHEN I SIN I'LL JUST GO DIRECTLY TO GOD.
  • 16:24 I DON'T NEED A MESSIAH".
  • 16:26 I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT THOUGHT, BUT THAT CONCEPT DOESN'T COME FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 16:30 WHEN MOSES WALKED THE FACE OF PLANET EARTH HE DELIVERED A TESTIMONY
  • 16:36 THERE IN LEVITICUS 17:11 WE'RE TOLD THAT UNLESS THERE IS THE SACRIFICE OF BLOOD
  • 16:41 THERE'S NO REMISSION OF SINS.
  • 16:43 HE TAUGHT ABOUT THE NEED FOR SACRIFICE, FOR PRIESTHOOD.
  • 16:46 AND HERE WHEN PETER SAYS "ONE MUST NEEDS UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS IS THE SACRIFICE AND THE PRIEST.
  • 16:51 REPENT.
  • 16:52 LET YOUR SINS BE BLOTTED OUT.
  • 16:54 THEN YOU CAN HAVE A NEW LIFE.
  • 16:56 YOU CAN EXPERIENCE FORGIVENESS.
  • 16:58 REFRESHMENT WILL COME TO YOU FROM ON HIGH".
  • 17:00 IN AS MUCH AS THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS POURED OUT ON THIS PLACE SOME 2000 YEARS AGO
  • 17:05 THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN BE POURED OUT ON YOU BECAUSE OF THE SAVING OF GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS.
  • 17:12 DO IT, RECEIVE HIM AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR SO DOING.
  • 17:55 THAT'S ISRAEL, THAT'S WHAT WE SEE, THAT'S WHAT WE LOVE.
  • 17:58 THIS IS THE HOLY BOOK OF THE HOLY LAND.
  • 18:01 YOU NEED TO SEE ISRAEL.
  • 18:02 IT MAKES THE SCRIPTURES COME ALIVE.
  • 18:05 WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ISAIAH AND ABOUT THE BLOOD ATONEMENT JEFF,
  • 18:08 IN LEVITICUS 17:11 IT SAYS
  • 18:21 THIS IS NOT A CASUAL THING THAT GOD HAS SAID; HE REALLY MEANS HE WANTS A BLOOD SACRIFICE.
  • 18:27 YES, AND ISN'T IT FASCINATING, WE'RE GETTING IT FROM TWO SOURCES NOW,
  • 18:31 EARLIER FROM ISAIAH, WHO TALKS ABOUT THE MESSIAH BEING A SACRIFICE
  • 18:36 AND HERE FROM MOSES WHO NOTES EXPLICITLY
  • 18:40 THAT THERE HAS TO BE A SACRIFICE FOR THERE TO BE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
  • 18:45 IT'S A FASCINATING STORY.
  • 18:47 NOW WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT SACRIFICE AS IT UNFOLDED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 18:52 WE KNOW THE STORY OF JESUS WHO DIED ON THE CROSS.
  • 18:56 IN A MOMENT OUR SENIOR THEOLOGIAN AND FIELD CONSULTANT,
  • 18:59 DR. TOM MCCALL, IS GOING TO BE ON TAPE.
  • 19:03 YOU'RE GOING TO SEE AN INTERVIEW WITH HIM AND JOE ZIAS WHO LOOKED AT A SAMPLING OF CRUCIFIXION
  • 19:09 FROM THE FIRST CENTURY OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA.
  • 19:12 IT'S A FASCINATING ARTIFACT AND I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO FIND IT VERY INTERESTING.
  • 19:19 YOU MADE A VERY RARE FIND OF AN EXAMPLE OF A CRUCIFIED PERSON.
  • 19:28 WHEN WAS THIS FOUND AND WHAT WERE THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND ITS FINDING?
  • 19:35 IN 1968 A COLLEAGUE OF MINE WAS DIGGING HERE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 19:41 IT WAS ONE OF THESE ACCIDENTAL FINDS.
  • 19:43 AND HERE WERE A SERIES OF OSSUARIES IN THE JEWISH TOMB
  • 19:47 GOING BACK TO THE TIME OF CHRIST.
  • 19:50 IN ONE OF THE OSSUARIES THEY FOUND A HEEL BONE.
  • 19:52 THIS IS WHAT'S CALLED THE CALCANEUM OF AN INDIVIDUAL.
  • 19:55 AND WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS IF YOU LOOK VERY CLEARLY
  • 19:58 YOU CAN SEE THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL,
  • 20:00 WHICH HAD A NAIL WHICH IS DRIVEN LATERALLY THROUGH A PIECE OF WOOD.
  • 20:04 WE CAN STILL SEE TRACES OF ALL THE WOOD HERE AFTER 2,000 YEARS.
  • 20:07 THEY WENT LATERALLY INTO THE HEEL
  • 20:11 AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED, THIS THE RIGHT HEEL.
  • 20:15 THE RIGHT HEEL OF A HUMAN FOOT WITH A NAIL THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF IT.
  • 20:21 THERE'S EVIDENCE OF A PIECE OF WOOD ON THE OUTSIDE.
  • 20:28 OKAY, LET ME GO AHEAD AND EXPLAIN IT TO YOU IN PERHAPS A DIFFERENT WAY
  • 20:29 AND MAYBE IT WILL MAKE IT MUCH CLEARER.
  • 20:31 WE HAVE A NAIL HERE.
  • 20:33 THIS IS ABOUT 11 1/2 cm. LONG, THIS WAS MORE OR LESS THE LENGTH OF THAT NAIL.
  • 20:36 THAT'S THE TYPICAL OF THE ROMAN NAIL.
  • 20:38 IT'S A TYPICAL NAIL SQUARE SHAPED OF THE NAIL BODY ITSELF.
  • 20:43 WHAT THEY DID WAS THAT THEY DRILLED THIS THROUGH A PIECE OF OLIVE WOOD.
  • 20:48 IT THEN FUNCTIONS AS A WASHER.
  • 20:50 NOW THAT YOU HAVE IT THROUGH THE PIECE OF WOOD
  • 20:52 THEY THEN WOULD TAKE THE HEEL OF THE INDIVIDUAL
  • 20:56 AND THEN PENETRATED THE HEEL GOING IN FROM THE OUTSIDE
  • 21:00 AND IN THIS CASE HERE WHAT SEEMS TO BE OCCURRING, THEY THEN NAILED HIM TO THE TREE.
  • 21:04 BUT WHAT HAPPENED, AGAIN, LEFT FOOT OVER HERE, RIGHT FOOT OVER HERE.
  • 21:10 WHAT HAPPENED IT SEEMS THAT WHEN THIS WENT INTO THE TREE THE NAIL BENT AND IT FISH HOOKED.
  • 21:16 AN OBSTRUCTION OF SOME KIND.
  • 21:19 EXACTLY.
  • 21:20 PERHAPS, AND KNOT IN THE WOOD.
  • 21:23 THERE'S SOMETHING HARD IN WOOD.
  • 21:24 WHEN IT FISH HOOKED IT THEN BECAME IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE IT.
  • 21:26 SO THAT'S THE REASON, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS HERE WHAT YOU'RE SEEING HERE
  • 21:29 YOU SEE HOW THE THING'S BENT OVER HERE.
  • 21:31 AND THIS MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE
  • 21:35 SO THEY BURIED THIS INDIVIDUAL WITH THE NAIL IN HIS FOOT.
  • 21:38 NORMALLY, I SUPPOSE THE NAIL WAS REMOVED IF IT COULD BE IN MANY CASES.
  • 21:43 YOU HAVE TO REALIZE THAT WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT HERE,
  • 21:46 YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE ONLY CASE IN THE WORLD.
  • 21:47 THERE IS NO OTHER CASE WHATSOEVER
  • 21:49 WHERE WE HAVE DIRECT PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF CRUCIFIXION.
  • 21:53 THE REASONS I THINK ARE TWO.
  • 21:55 ONE THING IS THAT MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY WERE TIED TO CROSSES.
  • 21:58 IF YOU LOOK AT THE GOOD THIEF AND THE BAD THIEF, THEY'RE ALWAYS TIED.
  • 22:00 JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT'S NAILED.
  • 22:02 SO NAILING WAS NOT ALWAYS COMMON.
  • 22:04 I THINK IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE.
  • 22:08 FIRST OF ALL IN JUST IN TERMS OF ECOLOGY, IN TERMS OF HAVING TO CONTINUALLY RECYCLE THE CROSS,
  • 22:12 IF YOU ARE CONTINUALLY NAILING IT, AFTER A FEW CRUCIFIXIONS YOU HAVE TO MAKE ANOTHER CROSS.
  • 22:17 IF YOU TIE THEM UP THERE
  • 22:19 AGAIN THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP WHATSOEVER BETWEEN BEING NAILED AND TIED.
  • 22:23 THE BODY IS GOING TO GO INTO SHOCK.
  • 22:25 THE SAME THING HAPPENS.
  • 22:28 AND NOW FOR A CLASSIC MOMENT WITH ZOLA.
  • 22:31 LET'S REVISIT HIS INTRODUCTION TO A SONG CALLED "FOR HIS NAME'S SAKE".
  • 22:37 NOW I WILL BE PLAYING WITH THE TRACK.
  • 22:40 IN OTHER WORDS YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HEAR JUST THIS PIANO AS A SOLO INSTRUMENT
  • 22:44 BUT, WE'LL PLAY THE WHOLE TRACK, I'LL PLAY ALONG WITH IT ON THIS PROGRAM
  • 22:48 AND WE'LL START WITH THE SONG "FOR HIS NAME'S SAKE".
  • 22:52 ♪♪
  • 24:25 WE SAW THE INTERVIEW WITH JOE ZIAS AND WE HEARD ZOLA'S WONDERFUL MUSIC.
  • 24:38 ZOLA WROTE A BOOK CALLED "MESSIAH" WITH TOM MCCALL
  • 24:41 AND IN IT HE MAKES THIS WONDERFUL OBSERVATION.
  • 24:44 IT'S AN AMAZING STATEMENT.
  • 25:03 AND THE WHOLE WORLD MEANS IN THE GREEK "THE WHOLE WORLD".
  • 25:08 YOU DON'T NEED A DOCTOR'S DEGREE IN THEOLOGY.
  • 25:11 I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME ON THIS, PLEASE.
  • 25:13 I WANT TO BECKON YOU TO ANOTHER VERSE, A VERY FAMOUS VERSE IN SCRIPTURE
  • 25:17 WHERE WE'RE TOLD THAT GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD
  • 25:22 THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.
  • 25:25 ALL POINTS LEAD TO THIS PLACE.
  • 25:29 WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS THE "WHOLE WORLD", THAT'S THE JEWISH WORLD, THAT'S THE ARAB WORLD.
  • 25:35 GOD'S ARMS ARE BIG ENOUGH TO INVITE EVERYONE AND SO IT IS WITH ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES.
  • 25:41 HEAR FROM THIS JEWISH EVANGELIST NOW, PLEASE.
  • 25:44 IF THE LORD IS BECKONING YOU TO MAKE A DECISION, DO IT THIS DAY, DO IT THIS WAY.
  • 25:50 HEAR THE WORD PLEASE.
  • 25:52 GOD PROMISED THAT A MESSIAH WOULD COME, THAT HIS NAME WOULD BE YESHUA.
  • 25:57 HE WOULD BE A SHEEP LED TO THE SLAUGHTER, THAT HE WOULD DIE ON THE CROSS FOR SINS.
  • 26:03 PREDICTED HUNDREDS OF YEARS BEFOREHAND WAS A STORY
  • 26:07 THAT'S NOW DELIVERED TO YOU CUSTOM MADE.
  • 26:10 AND IF GOD'S BECKONING YOU, IF HE'S KNOCKING ON THE DOOR OF YOUR HEART,
  • 26:13 SANDRA DON'T YOU THINK THIS WOULD BE A GREAT TIME FOR INDIVIDUALS TO PRAY
  • 26:17 AND SAY "LORD PLEASE COME INTO MY LIFE,
  • 26:20 LET ME GET THAT FORGIVENESS AND THAT NEW SHOT AT LIFE."
  • 26:22 IT'S THE ONLY TIME, JEFF.
  • 26:24 TIME IS SHORT.
  • 26:26 WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE A DECISION OR ONE WILL BE MADE FOR YOU.
  • 26:30 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
  • 26:31 THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS.
  • 26:33 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Jesus' Birth
  2. Jesus' Rejection
  3. Jesus' Condemnation
  4. Jesus' Death
  5. Jesus' Resurrection
  6. The Holy Spirit
  7. Rebounding from Devastation
  8. Summary

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