THREE DAYS IN THE LIFE OF JESUS
WHAT DO THE THREE CROSSES OF GOLGATHA TELL US?
There are three mountains of utmost importance in the Bible: Mount Sinai, Mount of the Beatitude and Golgatha.
Mount of Beatitude
The true righteousness
At Mount Sinai God gave the 10 Commandments to Moses and they have become a universal guideline for human behaviour. At the Mount of Beatitude, Jesus, who claimed to be the Son of God, gave his ethics to his disciples (Matth. 5: 1 - 7: 29). Golgatha is the place there Jesus hang on the cross and died according to the Christian believe. The Muslim believe is different, as Muslims believe he was rescued from crucification and taken to heaven without dying. But let us start to look onto Golgatha from a distance:
There is not only one cross, but three of them, on each a man hanging in agony. Sentences to death and doomed to die one of the most cruel deaths that you can imagine.
We cannot understand the cross of Golgatha without taking into account the complete set of three crosses. And the four different views of the four gospels.
The picture of Jesus on the cross together with two other men on the cross is the picture of the broken heart of the father in heaven.
The man in the middle, Jesus, is unique. He cannot be replaced by any other man, as he is the firstborn of all sons of the father and the only one knowing the father. He was sent by the father from heaven to tell us about the father and to die on the cross. In order to show us the heart of the father.
The other two men, robbers, first both reviled Jesus like all the others watching the scene (Matthew 27: 37-44). Later one of them turned around and asked Jesus to remember him when he will come into his kingdom. And Jesus told him: "Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise" (Luke 23: 39-43). Therefore this one can stand for all those who believe in Jesus Christ. Of the other criminal, we do not know, if he changed his mind and repented later. But we know that he hang next to Jesus and therefore had become his companion during those last hours of horror on the cross.
Jesus, the son of man, forsaken by God. But not alone as he is accompanied by two brothers next to him sharing his fate. Two brothers sent to him by his father. Therefore Jesus cried out: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27: 46)
But later he said: "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last. (Luke 23: 46)
Three of them hanging on the cross at Golgatha. Two of them, Jesus and the one who asked for help in the hour of his death, belong together. And the third? He too belongs to Jesus. He will see Jesus again in the moment of his death, welcoming him home as his dear brother into heaven. This man is and will always be a brother of the firstborn brother of every man and woman and a son of our heavenly father, regardless of his descicions or deads. Otherwise heaven will never be heaven, if only one brother or sister is missing.
The broken heart of the father is symbolized by the blood and water that came out of the side of Jesus when it was pierced with a spear by a soldier (John 19: 34). Blood and water, showing the death of Jesus on one side, and also symbol for the broken heart of the father, his lifeblood (Herzblut heart-blood) and his tears.
The New Testament tells us that Jesus died and rose from death on the third day. He rose from death exactly after the time that Oriental hospitality lasted even for the worst enemy, the time whilst there is food in him. Jesus, the bread of life, ate from the bread of death. But he rose from the dead to show all of us that we will one day follow him through our death into his heavenly kingdom, back into the open arms of our heavenly father.