“When the Son of God stepped across the divide and entered into human existence, He did not leave His Father or the Spirit behind. The incarnation means that the very life of the Trinity – the fellowship and camaraderie and togetherness, the fullness and joy and glory of the Father, Son and Spirit, and nothing less – set up shop in human existence.” – C. Baxter Kruger
Mark 15:22-38 The Passion Translation (TPT)
24 They nailed his hands and feet to the cross. The soldiers divided his clothing among themselves by rolling dice[c] to see who would win them. 25 It was nine o’clock in the morning[d] when they finally crucified him. 26 Above his head they placed a sign with the inscription of the charge against him, which read, “This is the King of the Jews.”
27 Two criminals were also crucified with Jesus, one on each side of him. 28 This fulfilled the Scripture that says:
He was considered to be a criminal.[e]
29 Those who passed by shook their heads and spitefully ridiculed him, saying, “Aha! You boasted that you could destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days.[f]30 Why don’t you save yourself now? Just come down from the cross!”
31 Even the ruling priests and the religious scholars joined in the mockery[g] and kept laughing among themselves,[h] saying, “He saved others, but he can’t even save himself! Israel’s king, is he? 32 Let the ‘Messiah,’ the ‘king of Israel,’ pull out the nails and come down from the cross right now. We’ll believe it when we see it!” Even the two criminals who were crucified with Jesus began to taunt him, hurling insults on him.
The Death of Jesus
33 For three hours, beginning at noon, darkness came over the earth.[i] 34 About three o’clock, Jesus shouted with a mighty voice in Aramaic,[j] “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”—that is, “My God, My God, why have you turned your back on me?”[k]
35 Some who were standing near the cross misunderstood and said, “Listen! He’s calling for Elijah.”[l] 36 One bystander ran and got a sponge, soaked it with sour wine, then put it on a stick and held it up for Jesus to drink.[m] But the rest said, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah comes to rescue him.” 37 Just then Jesus passionately cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last.[n] 38 At that moment the veil in the Holy of Holies was torn in two from the top to the bottom.[o]
Psalm 22 The Passion Translation (TPT)
A Prophetic Portrait of the Cross[a]
22 For the Pure and Shining One
King David’s song of anguish
To the tune of “The Deer at the Dawning of the Day”[b]
1 God, my God!
Why would you abandon me now?[c]
2 Why do you remain distant,
refusing to answer[d] my tearful cries in the day
and my desperate cries for your help in the night?
I can’t stop sobbing.
Where are you, my God?
3 Yet I know that you are most holy; it’s indisputable.
You are God-Enthroned, surrounded with songs,
living among the shouts of praise of your princely people.
4 Our fathers’ faith was in you—
through the generations they trusted and believed in you
and you came through.
5 Every time they cried out to you in their despair,
you were faithful to deliver them;
you didn’t disappoint them.
6 But look at me now; I am like a woeful worm,
crushed, and I’m bleeding crimson.[e]
I don’t even look like a man anymore.
I’ve been abused, despised, and scorned by everyone!
7 Mocked by their jeers, despised with their sneers,
as all the people poke fun at me, spitting their insults,
8 saying, “Is this the one who trusted in God?
Is this the one who claims God is pleased with him?
Now let’s see if your God will come to your rescue!
We’ll just see how much he delights in you!”
9 Lord, you delivered me safely from my mother’s womb.
You are the one who cared for me ever since I was a baby.
10 Since the day I was born, I’ve been placed in your custody.
You’ve cradled me throughout my days.
I’ve trusted in you and you’ve always been my God.
11 So don’t leave me now; stay close to me!
For trouble is all around me and there’s no one else to help me.
12 I’m surrounded by many violent foes;
mighty forces of evil are swirling around me
who want to break me to bits and destroy me.[f]
13 Curses pour from their mouths!
They’re like ravenous, roaring lions tearing their prey.
14 Now I’m completely exhausted; I’m spent.
Every joint of my body has been pulled apart.
My courage has vanished and
my inward parts have melted away.
15 I’m so thirsty and parched—dry as a bone.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
And now you’ve left me in the dust for dead.
16 They have pierced my hands and my feet.
Like a pack of wild dogs they tear at me,
swirling around me with their hatred.
They gather around me like lions to pin[g] my hands and feet.
17 All my bones stick out.
Look at how they all gloat over me and stare!
18 With a toss of the dice they divide my clothes among themselves,
gambling for my garments!
19 Lord, my God, please don’t stay far away.
For you are my only might and strength.
Won’t you come quickly to my rescue?
20 Give me back my life.
Save me from this violent death.
Save my precious one and only[h]
from the power of these demons![i]
21 Save me from all the power of the enemy,
from this roaring lion raging against me
and the power of his dark horde.
22 I will praise your name before all my brothers;
as my people gather I will praise you in their midst.[j]
23 Lovers of Yahweh, praise him!
Let all the true seed of Jacob glorify him with your praises.
Stand in awe of him, all you princely people,
the offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised my cries of deep despair.
He’s my first responder to my sufferings,
and he didn’t look the other way when I was in pain.
He was there all the time, listening to the song of the afflicted.
25 You’re the reason for my praise; it comes from you and goes to you.
I will keep my promise to praise you before all who fear you
among the congregation of your people.
26 I will invite the poor and broken,
and they will come and eat until satisfied.
Bring Yahweh praise and you will find him.
Your hearts will overflow with life forever!
27 From the four corners of the earth,
the peoples of the world will remember and return to the Lord.
Every nation will come and worship him.
28 For the Lord is King of all, who takes charge of all the nations.
29 There they are! They’re worshiping!
The wealthy of this world will feast in fellowship with him
right alongside the humble of heart,
bowing down to the dust, forsaking their own souls.
They will all come and worship this worthy King!
30 His spiritual seed[k] shall serve him.
Future generations will hear from us
about the wonders of the Sovereign Lord.
31 His generation yet to be born will glorify him.
And they will all declare, “It is finished!”
Matthew 27:50-53 The Passion Translation (TPT)
50 Jesus passionately cried out,[a] took his last breath, and gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the veil in the Holy of Holies was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth shook violently, rocks were split apart, 52 and graves were opened. Then many of the holy ones who had died were brought back to life and came out of their graves. 53 And after Jesus’ resurrection,[b] they were plainly seen by many people walking in Jerusalem.[c]
“We were AND ARE bound up in him and what became of him. We were implicated in what happened to Jesus, so much so that our identity, our existence, our past, present and future, our relationship with God and with one another and with creation were all fundamentally reordered in this one man. It was not just Adamic existence that was crucified in Jesus Christ; it was Adam and you and me and whole human race!” -C. Baxter Kruger
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 The Passion Translation (TPT)14 For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us,[a] because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, 15 so that those who live[b] should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again.
2 Corinthians 5:19 New King James Version (NKJV) 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing (charging their account or adding to their account) their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Colossians 2:14-15 The Passion Translation (TPT)
14 He canceled out every legal violation we had on our record and the old arrest warrant that stood to indict us. He erased it all—our sins, our stained[a] soul—he deleted it all and they cannot be retrieved! Everything we once were in Adam[b] has been placed onto his cross and nailed permanently there as a public display of cancellation.
15 Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power[c] to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his![d]