A Spiritual Look At The Cross Of Jesus
By Joseph Molnar
A booklet to help Christians
find a deeper spiritual
understanding of the cross.
First Edition: October 2017
Published By The Home Press
Lymann, South Carolina
No one asked you if you wished to be born. No one asked you if you wished to be male or female, black or white, or some other color. We were born without any knowledge of this world or any knowledge of God.
We learned our first words and learned about God from our parents. As we aged, we learned more about God from our family, our friends, and our Sunday School teachers, who in turn had learned about God from their family, their friends, and their Sunday School teachers.
Thus by the time you begin to read the Bible for yourselves you already have many preconceived concepts about our God. And, unfortunately, many of these preconceived concepts are not correct.
Therefore, in order to arrive at Biblical Truth, you will need to read the Bible with an open mind. As you will see from further reading of this booklet, you will need to understand the Bible from the Hebrew point of view, not the pre-conceived concepts we are given at an early age. Here is why.
The Ancient Hebrew Language
The Old Testament was written 2,500 to 3,500 years ago by Hebrews, whose culture and lifestyle were very different from our own. When we read the Bible as a 20th century American, our culture and lifestyle often influence our interpretation of the words and phrases. This is because a language is closely
tied to the culture of those who speak that language. In the case of the biblical Hebrews who were a nomadic people of the Near East, their language was closely connected to their nomadic culture. Each Hebrew word describes an action that can be seen in the nomadic journeys of the Hebrews through the wilderness.
All modern day translations of the Bible are written from a very westernized perspective and have erased the original Hebraic, Eastern perspective of the original words. Once the Hebraicness of the text is restored, a common theme can be found rising to the surface throughout the Bible - that is: 'a nomadic migration through the wilderness of life.'
Our modern languages are the product of a Greco-Roman world where abstract words are prolific. An abstract word is a word or thought that cannot be related to one of the five senses; hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste. However, each Hebrew word is related to a concrete idea, a substance of action.
Understanding how the Ancient Hebrew thought is crucial to a proper Biblical understanding. If we continue to interpret the Biblical text according to our way of thinking then the interpretation will be contaminated with modern-Greco-Roman thinking. .
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:11
Most people do not understand what sin really is, because they believe that sin is what they see in an action. In truth, we need to look to the original Hebrew language and see how they described sin. A sinful act is the result of an evil thought already conceived in the mind of the sinner.
Let me give you a little equation; think this through: 'Your thoughts produce feelings and feelings move us to action.' So, if our actions are not proper then our thoughts are not proper. There is nothing we can say or do that does not start in the mind. Thoughts produce feelings, feelings move us to action.
Before Adam reached for the forbidden fruit he had already committed sin. He had committed sin because in his mind, he desired the fruit that God had instructed him not to eat.
The eating was the result of the evil desire he already had in his mind. Since sin is what’s in our thoughts before we act, how we can transfer those thoughts to someone else?
The root of sin is our mental attitudes like greed, hate, pride, jealousy, lust and anger. These thoughts are in our mind Therefore, if your thoughts are not righteous, then your actions will be unrighteous. Please note, that even if you are able to hide evil feelings from other humans,God knows them ..
In the Hebrew concept, God's Law, is considered the direction or pathway to a righteous destination. If you miss your destination, you did not follow the proper pathway. This is how Old Testament Hebrew people understood sin. To repent, you get back on the righteous pathway and follow that to your destination. .
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6.
Isaiah 53:6 says the God laid on Jesus our iniquity, but sin is invisible. So what was it that God laid on Christ. I will explain that in the next chapter about the cross.
For him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21. (The Complete Jewish Bible).
The Bible says, when Christ died he was sinless. How could that be? if he had our sins laid on him: he was a sinner. So, just what did God put on Christ?
God the Father, externally manifested our sins on Christ’s body. God has no record of our sin, but we do. I explained that in my book the Hebrew Name For God. The next chapter, The Cross, is an explanation of the symbols of Christ on the cross.
The sinful things we have done to others causes us to feel guilt and shame. The sinful things others have done to us, if we do not forgive them, produces resentment, anger, and bitterness while we are on earth and are considered as sin when we stand in the judgment.
The record of our sin is not kept by God. The record of our sin is made and kept by each one of us. Salvation was not given to erase sin out of God's book. Salvation is allowing God to lift sin from our book.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1Corinthians 1:18).
Let’s exam what we see on the cross. We see two pieces of dry wood in the shape of a cross, a naked man attached to it with three iron nails. A crown of thorns had been pressed into his scalp, and it was bleeding the life out of him. Roman scourging had opened the flesh on his back and was causing considerable pain. This is the picture of the Son of God, or as Christ calls himself in the gospels, the Son of Man, on the cross.
In the Bible A TREE spiritually means "people or the characteristics of people". Dry wood is a symbol of man spiritually dead. Green wood is a symbol of a righteous man.
And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. (Isaiah 7:2).
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalms 1:3)
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3), also Jeremiah 17:7-8, Luke 23:31, and Matthew 3:10.
A CROWN is glory & riches of the mind, correct thinking, and wisdom. (Proverbs 4:9).
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Proverbs 14:18 & 24, and Proverbs 16:31.
THORNS (briars) represent the cares of this life, and our guilt.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.(2 Corinthians 12:7).
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; (Genesis 3:17).
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; (Genesis 3:18).
We are all born spiritually dead with NO KNOWLEGE OF GOD, and that separates us from God. We remain spiritually dead until we Understand the cross, - until we Understand Christ as our savior and are Born-again.
The sin we encounter in our lives may be divided into TWO categories: (1)The sin we do to others, and (2) the sin others do to us.
Until we come to a knowledge of the cross, we feel little or no remorse about the sin we have done to others, but we feel anger resentment and hate toward those who have hurt us. However, after we understand the cross, we feel guilt and shame for the sins we committed to others, and we eagerly forgive those who sin against us and we forget the anger, resentment and hate toward them.
The crown of thorns on Christ Is a symbol of our guilt, and his nakedness is a symbol of our shame, for what we did to others.
Christ's beaten, blood-covered back, symbolizes the pain, anger, hate, and resentment we feel for the sin others committed against us.
Iron nails held his hand and feet to the wood.
Hands are a symbol of what you do, your works.
Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: Isaiah 2:8.
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Proverbs 3:27.
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4.
Fingers spiritually represents faith. Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: Isaiah 2:8.
Legs represent a person’s foundation and the direction of his heart. Breaking legs was used to speed up death. Jesus legs were not broken. Symbolizing that Christ's foundation, the direction of his heart was not broken.
Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch. Amos 3:12.
A Nail spiritually is a sure concept. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. Ecclesiastics 12:11.
Iron spiritually refers to bondage. Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Psalms 107:10.
Hands nailed with iron nails represent our works and their bondage, because we do not know the true knowledge of the law of God and the power of the cross.
Nailed legs are a symbol of our foundation and the direction of our heart when under bondage. For we are in the darkness with no personal relation with God.
Three nails represent divinity perfected through humanity. The (3). denotes divine perfection: that which is complete. such as the division of time: past, present, and future: God’s attributes: omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence: 3. kingdoms of matter: animal, vegetable, mineral: 3. ways of temptation, all that is in the world.
Christ externally manifested our sin on his body. He had no sin inside of him, he was un-blemished (sinless). He never sinned, and while hanging on the cross he forgave those who crucified him. The soldiers who crucified him never asked for forgiveness, but Christ forgave them even while he was dying.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
God loved this world even before he sent his son. The reason God sent his son, was to manifest his love. The message of the cross is, he is not an angry God, but a loving father, who wants everybody to be saved. God, the father, actually manifested his love, when he did not step-in to save his son.
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17:23.
Salvation means to be saved from the earthly (mans) understanding and replacing it with the heavenly (God's) understanding. . John is a type for this transition, which requires us to approach God in a child-like, teachable spirit. Be like the people of Berea, as they were more noble than those who lived in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11). Search the scriptures and be sensitive to the impressions on your heart.
It is my prayer that this booklet will help all readers to understand that God is love.
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