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Mark 15:13
Why Stress Jesus Crucified

The words "crucify"and "crucified" are found 51 times in the New Testament. Fourty-six times these words are used with reference to Jesus Christ. They are used 36 times in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. However, to comprehend the importance of this word, it needs to be properly defined.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible says the word "crucified" is from the Greek word, stauroo, which means, "to impale on a cross...crucify." What does "impale" mean? Webster's New World Dictionary of American English, Third College Edition provides the answer:
1)" to put to death by nailing or binding to a cross and leaving to die of exposure." Webster also says the word "crucify" means
2) "to punish or torture by fixing to a stake".

So the word "crucified" not only signifies to all that Jesus was punished (died) by torture on a stake (cross), it epitomizes the very nature of the punishment and the death suffered by Jesus. This small amount of information shows why it was stressed that Jesus was "crucified." The frequency of the use of those words in the New Testament indicates the importance of of the crucifixion. Further study into the matter helps one understand why the apostle Paul put so much stress on the crucifixion of Christ.

First, keep in mind this was not just Paul's idea. He was inspired to write what he did. (John 16:13)

Second, if the reasons why Jesus was crucified can be determined, it might be comprehended why Paul was so compelled to preach it to the world. The scriptures supply that information.

These and other things come to the saved by the blood shed when Jesus was crucified. The relation of Christ's blood to all these things must be understood by all. It is important. It is urgent! Let us all study to understand why.

by Kenneth W. Free

Looking Unto Jesus, 1999 p248

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