“Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned.”  Numbers 19:5

In this verse, we learn that the “hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse” was to be burned with the heifer.  In other words, the whole thing was to be consumed in the fire to produce the ashes.  In like manner, the whole part of Christ was consumed when He was crucified, just in a different way.

First, Jesus suffered physical turmoil.  There is quite a bit written about the physiological aspects of Jesus’s torture and anguish through His crucifixion.  When He was beaten with fists, he suffered various bruises, inflammation, and cuts.  When He was whipped with the whip, it ripped chunks of skin and other tissues from His back, causing a tremendous loss of blood.  Carrying the cross would extend the bleeding and fatigue, not to mention the extreme pain suffered by having the nails driven through His wrists.

Second, Christ suffered emotional turmoil.  Throughout His ministry, Jesus, the Son, would pray to the Father for help and strength in enduring trials and difficult situations.  But when He was on the cross, when He who knew no sin became sin for us, the Father could not bear to look at His Son, let alone help Him.  Jesus cried out for His help, but could not even find solace in Him.  Jesus was absolutely, totally alone.  What an emotional tragedy this had to be for Him.

Last, the spiritual aspect of His suffering seems to be the worst.  As was mentioned before, He who knew no sin became sin for us.  Jesus was the perfect Son of God, and was given the name above all names.  He was the creator, the Word, and the image of the invisible God.  He was the Messiah, the anointed one.  But when He became sin, Jesus was spiritually separated from God.  Just let that swirl around in your mind!  Why else would He have cried out in indescribable anguish, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Yes, when Jesus was crucified, His whole being was destroyed.  Just as the whole part of the red heifer had to be destroyed, Jesus whole being suffered the same fate.  Thanks to God Almighty for the gift of His Son!



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