Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross (Part 13)

The following is Part 13 of the transcript of the sermon by Pastor Paul White titled “Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross”. Check back each day as we continue to post the transcript to this exciting sermon.

Peter would say this, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.”

Paul would say in Galatians, “Those of you who be of the seed of Abraham, those of you who be of Christ are Abraham’s seed.”

I’m not talking about Jews over Gentiles or Israel over you. I’m talking about you that are in Christ. You are God’s chosen one. You are God’s preferred seed. He’s not got His eyes on a piece of property on the other side of the globe. He’s got His eyes on you. You’re the seed of God that He’s interested in. A seed shall serve Him. And that seed shall be counted to the Lord as a generation.


“They shall come. They’re not here yet, but they are coming.”

What are they called? Midland. They’re called you. Not just Midland, but those sitting here; you’re part of it. They shall come, and they shall declare His righteousness to a people that have not yet been born that He has died on that cross, and His hands and His feet have been pierced and His heart has exploded like wax. And the dogs wag their tongues at Him. Somebody’s going to go tell the world that God is righteous and that Jesus died on the cross. Church, don’t you want to be that person?

“They shall declare His righteousness unto a people that have not been born yet.”

God is righteous every time. When someone believes on Jesus, God proves He’s righteous because He says, “You’re righteous now.”

But Lord, I haven’t done good things.

“I don’t judge you based on what you do. I’ve judged my Son. My Son has paid for your sin, thus I call you good.”



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Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross (Part 12)

The following is Part 12 of the transcript of the sermon by Pastor Paul White titled “Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross”. Check back each day as we continue to post the transcript to this exciting sermon.

Do you know the only reason they gambled for Jesus’? It was because they had heard a story: One day He was walking to a town, and a woman with the issue of blood came and elbowed her way through the crowd. And, legend has it, that she reached through the crowd and grabbed the hem of his garment and got healed. One might have said, “I’ll give you a hundred bucks for the robe,” and the other might have answered, “No, that’s not fair. We’re not having an auction. We’re going to cast lots.” At the foot of the cross, they fulfilled the eighteenth verse of Psalms 22.

Maybe they were trying to fulfill it? They were Romans; they didn’t even know Psalms 22:18. They’re not trying to help the Scripture get fulfilled. They’re not Jews.

Verse 24:

“He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted.”

The first part of this verse tell me this: God was not upset at Christ’s being killed at Calvary because (Isaiah 53:10 says), “It pleased the Lord to smite Him. He was satisfied with the death of His son.”

Why was He satisfied? Because He knew that what was happening there was happening in our place. So, God did not abhor the afflicted of the afflicted.

Watch the next line:

“He did not hide His face from them. “

God did not abandon Jesus at the Cross. God was with His son as man killed Jesus. He did not see the death an execution, or as an assassination, nor as a murder. God saw the death as a sacrifice. God said, “I’m going to take my son and I’m going to put everybody’s sins in Him if He’ll take it.”

If He’ll take it.

That’s why Jesus said, “Father, if there’s another way to save them, let’s do that. But if not, I’ll drink the cup.” God was saying, “Son, here’s their sins. Put them into your body. Son, you’re going to have to lay your life down because they can’t kill you.”
They could have run nails through every square inch of His body, and it would have been impossible for Him to die if he had not wanted to lay His life down.

But what God was saying was, “Here’s the cup. If you’ll take their sins and then lay your life down, I’ll view you as a sacrifice. It’ll please me to judge their sins in you. And I won’t leave you, Son. I will not hide my face from you.”

Isn’t that good? When he cried unto Him, He heard.

When Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do,” He heard.

When He said to the thief, “Today, you shall be with me in Paradise,” God heard.

When He said, “Father, I committ it into You. Father, I’m yours,” He heard.

Jesus saw His father and in that moment of darkness when, judicially, God placed the curse into Jesus, Jesus suffered in the dark so that you and I could walk in the light. Someone must love you very much.

Read out Psalms 22 and watch how this Chapter ends. It ends with you . What starts with Jesus always comes back for you.

Verse 27:

When the world’s preaching gloom and doom, this is my verse.

“All the kindreds of the nation shall worship before Him in Jesus’ name.”

Verse 29:

When God wanted to say the opposite of dead, He said fat.

“A seed shall serve Him. It shall be counted to the Lord for a generation.”


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Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross (Part 11)

The following is Part 11 of the transcript of the sermon by Pastor Paul White titled “Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross”. Check back each day as we continue to post the transcript to this exciting sermon.

This is a person’s cue, standing at the cross that day, that he might be looking at Psalms 22. The sky has just grown black, and He has cried in the daytime and He has cried in the night time. Read on.

Verse 7:

“All that see me will laugh me to scorn. They will shoot out the lip. They will shake their head and say, ‘He trusted on the Lord that He would deliver Him. Let Him deliver Him.’ seeing that, He delighted.”

Does this sound familiar?

If a person would go home and read Psalms 22, he would think back to when he was standing at the cross, and he would then realize what he has just done. When he realizes he has just crucified the man in Psalms 22, perhaps he would realize Jesus was there for a different reason. It’s connect-the-dots, and Jesus just gave him the first dot.

What love He has for us. Read on.

“I’m poured out like water. My bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax. My heart melted in the midst of my bowels.”

And when those standing there watched the Roman soldier shoot his spear through the ribcage of Jesus and witnessed His heart exploding with blood and water showering the crowd, they’re going to find that the man in Psalms 22 had his heart explode like wax and burst out of his body.

Verse 15:

“My strength is dried up like a (?), my tongue will cleave to my jaws. You’ve brought me into the dust of death.”

They’ll remember because He told them what chapter to read. When they read this verse, they’ll remember that at Calvary, He said, “I thirst.” And He begged for something to drink. They will realize that they just watched that happen.

Read on.

Verse 16:

“Dogs compass me. The assembly of the wicked have enclosed me. They pierced my hands and my feet.”

Can it be more obvious what Jesus is trying to say? When those witnessing the crucifixion read Psalms 22 of the Torah and arrive at the sixteenth stanza, they are going to realize that the man they just watched have his hands and his feet pierced quoted the first verse of this chapter. That’s why Peter said, “The Lord of Glory, whom you killed.” So that they would know He’s the one.

This is the smoking gun of Psalms 22, but read on because it gets even better.

“I may tell all my bones they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them and cast lots upon my vesture.”

Do you realize at the foot of the cross, the soldiers were gambling for Jesus’ garments, and the gospels told us that. Psalms 22 says, “they’re going to gamble for my clothes.”

If you don’t think it’s me with the whole heart-blowing-up, and the dying and the screaming in the dark, and the screaming in the light, and you don’t think the hands and feet are the ones, then you go to the cross where they’re gambling for the guy’s garments because that was not common practice.

The people who were dying on crosses weren’t. They were criminals: rapists, murderers, and pedophiles. These were the scum of society in Rome. They were strangers, vagabonds without citizenship. Soldiers didn’t go to the foot of the cross and gamble for their garments.



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Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross (Part 10)

The following is Part 10 of the transcript of the sermon by Pastor Paul White titled “Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross”. Check back each day as we continue to post the transcript to this exciting sermon.

The ninth hour of the day is the final sacrifice of the day for the Jews. They offer one at 9:00 in the morning and one at 3:00 in the afternooon. Jesus went on the cross at 9:00 in the morning, and he died at 3:00 in the afternoon. Crazy coincidence? God puts the lamb on the cross at the first sacrifice, and the finality on the cross is at the last sacrifice of the day. For three hours He suffers in the dark.


“And at the ninth hour, 3 pm, Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, ‘….’”

Which is being interpreted as, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Matthew and Mark are the only ones who write, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Remarkably, they both write it in the Hebrew first.

Why does this need to be written in Hebrew? Do you realize that when Jesus was on this earth, He didn’t speak English? Did He know English? I believe He knew all things, but He didn’t speak English. No one would have understood what He was talking about. On everyday street language, He probably spoke Aramaic with a sprinkling of Greek, the common street language of the day. But when he was talking to Jews, He spoke Hebrew because that was the language of the Jew.

“Eloi…” is Hebrew. It means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
El – most Hebrew words are back words – Eloi, Eloi – El is God

As I read this, I said, “God, I don’t understand why you had to leave that in Hebrew?” God did not leave everything Jesus said in Hebrew. He wrote it, and we translated it into English. Why did the translators leave, “Eloi..?” The New Testament was written in Greek. So why did Matthew write that in Hebrew? Why did Mark write that in Hebrew? It has to be there for a reason.

The Holy Spirit spoke very clearly into my heart this and said, “Son, the reason I had the translators leave it in Hebrew is because I wanted the audience, including you, to know that whom Jesus was talking to when he said it was not you. He was talking to the Jews because they had, sitting at their houses, a copy of the Psalms, and in those Psalms are the Hebrew songs of the church.

Jesus is going to tell them exactly what chapter to read in order to figure out why He’s dying. So he says, “Eloi…” If they would have gone home and opened their Bibles, here’s what they would have found:

Psalms 22:1:

“To the chief musician of ( ), a Psalm of David

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

How do you think it was spelled in their Bible? Eloi…

Do you know why Jesus wanted them to read this Chapter? He wanted everybody there that day to know why He was dying. Not because He believed God forsook Him, but because He believed the Jews were missing why He was there. He knew they would interpret Him being on a tree as being cursed by God. He knew Isaiah 53:4 that said, “We did esteem Him as smitten of God.” He wanted to steer them, not toward God turning His back on Him but toward them turning their backs on Him. Even in death Jesus was trying to save His audience. He says, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” so that they would go home and read the very chapter that said it.

Do you know what you’ll find if you read it? This is amazing:

Why are you so far from (…)

Verse 2:

“My God, I cried in the daytime, but you didn’t hear me. And in the night season (?)”

But when did Jesus cry in the day? And in the night? Between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 noon, he cried in the day. But, in the hours between noon and 3:00 pm he cried in the night. The first cue is Psalms 22:1, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”


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Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross (Part 9)

The following is Part 9 of the transcript of the sermon by Pastor Paul White titled “Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross”. Check back each day as we continue to post the transcript to this exciting sermon.

Pastor, are you saying that Jesus had sin? Absolutely not. He had none. But he had all of ours. Thank God. If he hadn’t had all of ours, somebody’s got to pay. But he took all of ours so we don’t have to pay.

Now, I want to bring it home with this:

Pastor, what about, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

At Calvary, Jesus said, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Matthew and Mark, both, cover the phrase, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Luke and John do not mention it.

I want to dig into that for just a moment because I want to show you what I believe, and it took the Lord stirring this in my spirit. I didn’t sleep very well for about two nights this week, as the Holy Spirit stirred in my heart: Clean up the picture of Daddy God. I want the people to know what I actually did at the cross in punishing their sins.

One of the first questions I asked was: Lord, help me deal with the scripture, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Mark 15:

[I’m going to read Mark’s version, but I’m going to read some context, and I want you to grab some of this stuff because it’s going to come back to you in a second.]

Here’s what the crowd at the cross says that day at Calvary, “Save yourself. Come down from the cross.”

Now, what the crowd doesn’t know is that if Jesus does this, every one of them will die. If He saves Himself and comes down from the cross, nobody gets saved. So by saving Himself, none of us would get saved. But because He didn’t save Himself, all of us can be saved.

“Save yourself and come down from the cross.”


“Likewise, also, the Chief Priest, mocking, said amongst themselves, and with the scribes, ‘He saved others, but Himself He cannot save’”

Look at this smart-aleck comment. They stand at the edge of the cross and say, ‘He saved other people, but look at Him; He can’t save Himself.”

Listen to the sarcasm in the next verse:

“Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross that we may see and believe, and they that were crucified with Him reviled Him.”

There were people standing at the foot of the cross, mocking my Jesus saying, “If you’re Christ… Let Christ the King of Israel come down off the cross and save Himself if he’s really the King of Israel.” So there is anger being spewed; even the two criminals start out by reviling him. Remember what Isaiah said? “He was reviled, but He reviled not back.” Those that were crucified reviled Him.

Next verse:

“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.”

This is very important because if a person is going to hang on a tree, he has to be removed before the sun goes down. Want to see a miracle? So that man can’t sneak Jesus off the tree before the sun goes down, God darkens the sun at noon.
‘At the sixth hour, which is noon, darkness came over the land until the ninth hour.’ During that three hours of darkness, something spectacular was happening.

The identification that something had to be hanging on that tree in the dark had to come to light to someone. But, at the ninth hour of the day, 3:00 pm, Jesus is still on the cross.


Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross (Part 8)

The following is Part 8 of the transcript of the sermon by Pastor Paul White titled “Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross”. Check back each day as we continue to post the transcript to this exciting sermon.

Did you know that when Jesus went before Herrod, he wouldn’t talk? Herrod wanted a performing monkey. He said, “Give me a miracle, and I’ll let you go.” Could Jesus have given him a miracle? Jesus could have dropped the internet on a laptop right in the middle of the room and said, “Hit Google. There you go. What do you want?” Anything you could have imagined – Jesus could have pulled out his cell phone and made it ring. Miracles weren’t a problem. So why did Jesus close his mouth? He didn’t play for Herrod because Jesus knew God’s ultimate design. He knew God’s ultimate plan. He needed to get back to Pilate – the only one that had Roman authority to kill Him like a Roman. And how do Romans kill? They hang people on crosses. They stick them on a piece of wood.

Now, was Jesus cursed at the cross?

Galatians 3:14 says:

“Jesus was made to be the curse so that we could be redeemed from the curse of the law.”

Praise God Jesus suffered being the curse so that you and I could be free from the curse of the law. Isn’t that Good News?

But that’s not how the Jew viewed that curse. They didn’t think that Jesus was being made the curse for them. They thought Jesus was being smitten of God as a curse because God was mad at Him.

How do I know this? The word ‘but,’ a conjunction, is the root word of ‘rebuttal.’ If you see ‘but,’ you’re seeing ‘rebuttal.’ If I say to you, “I need you to do this,” and you say, “but, I can’t.” What are you doing? You’re rebutting what I want you to do. When you see the word ‘but,’ realize it’s not just a change, not just a conjunction, it’s actually coming against what you just heard.

Now, reread this verse:

“We did esteem him, smitten of God.”

Can you imagine what the first word of the next verse is?

Next verse:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our inequities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him. By His stripes, we were healed.”

In other words, we thought God was angry and killing Him because He was a blasphemer. But we have learned that He was actually being wounded for our transgresssions. He was actually being bruised for our inequities. It was the chastisement of our discipline that was actually on Jesus, and by His stripes we are actually healed. He wasn’t being forsaken by His father; God wasn’t ticked off at Jesus. God was perpetually ticked off at sin. At Calvary, Jesus was wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my inequities, and by His stripes I am healed. The word ‘chastisement,’ there is ‘discipline.’ He has been thoroughly disciplined for our peace. What has been disciplined? Our sins have been disciplined so that we can be at peace. Our sins have been brought under subjection; our sins know who is the boss. Why? Because of grace, sin shall no longer have dominion over you, for you are not under the law; you are under grace. Why doesn’t sin dominate you? It has already been disciplined.

But, he was wounded. What do the Jews see at Calvary? Peter said, “You killed Him.” Did they kill him? Yes, they killed Him. The Romans killed Him. The Jews killed Him. The soldiers that drove the nails in His hands and feet killed Him. The men that were standing there that day killed Him. That’s another reason why, upon rejection of the Messiah, the Mosaic Economy would fall in AD 70, because they actually did lay hands on Jesus and destroy the Lord of Glory. But what was God doing behind the scenes? He was actually putting our sins into Jesus so that Jesus could be the sacrifice. So, God wasn’t mad at Jesus at the cross, no more than God killed Jesus at the cross. God was angry at the sin of the whole world at the cross. But he found Himself a lamb, and whenever the world killed Jesus, God was viewing in Jesus our transgressions and our inequities, our discipline, everything that we needed, He was taking out on the sin that was represented in His son.


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Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross (Part 7)

The following is Part 7 of the transcript of the sermon by Pastor Paul White titled “Between the Pieces: What Really Happened at the Cross”. Check back each day as we continue to post the transcript to this exciting sermon.

So, the Jew that’s reading Isaiah 53 doesn’t know when this is going to happen. But he knows that it’s going to happen. Someday, a guy is coming along that’s going to be acquainted with grief. We’re going to hide from him; we’re going to despise him. We’re not going to esteem him. This scripture is specifically written to those standing at the foot of the cross that day, who Peter said killed the Lord of Glory. And here’s how we know:

Look at the next verse:

“Surely He hath borne our griefs. He has carried our sorrows; yet, we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Surely He bore our griefs, carried our sorrows, yet we did esteem him not.”

We esteemed him not. We didn’t know who He was. But I’ll tell you how we did esteem Him.

Next verse:

“Stricken, smitten of God.”

We didn’t know who He was. We didn’t realize who He was. But how we saw Him, was as God killing Him. What we – the Jews that were there that day – saw was that God was killing his son. We thought was that He was smitten of God.

Have you ever considered how a Jew was supposed to be executed under Jewish law? If you haven’t, this might be eye-opening.

Under Jewish law, people were stoned to death. They were taken outside the city, laid on the ground with a circle of people around them, and rocks were thrown at them until they were dead. Pretty tough way to die. But nothing like what Rome was going to come up with.

The Romans perfected an art of execution. They took two pieces of wood. They put one of them in the ground and then notched a hole in the middle of the other piece and laid it down on top of the first piece. This cross that we have in the Western world was not the cross they had the day Jesus died. The day Jesus died it looked more like a T. They would strip their victim naked, and they would hang him with nails in his hand and his feet from a piece of wood so he could die in one of three ways, or all of three ways – they didn’t care. He could either bleed to death, dehydrate, or suffocate because of his body’s inability to draw air into his lungs. They would leave a man there, sometimes for up to a week, until his body finally died. The Romans did this in glee. They had found a way to humiliate people as they killed them slowly.

Now, that mode of execution is so important is because there’s an obscure little verse in the 21st Chapter of Deuteronomy that says this:

“Cursed by God is every man that hangs on a tree.”

Israel knew this, so they never put people on trees. In fact, if they ever hung a victim, they would cut him down before the sun set because the caveat in that law was that a person couldn’t hang on a tree into the dark of night. So, before the sun went down, Jews would cut hanged men down from trees so their bodies wouldn’t be cursed of God.

The Romans had perfected an art of execution that put men on trees; however, Jews couldn’t put men on trees. They had to stone them to death. Have you ever wondered why the Sanhedrin, the Pharisees and the scribes, were so adamant on having Pilate convict Jesus to death, not Herrod? Remember how disappointed they were when Pilate said, “Take him to Herrod.” They needed the public to see Jesus as cursed by God. It was necessary to maintain the Jewish system. If they could make it look like this guy was a quack – sure he could heal the sick, raise the dead, walk on water, feed the hungry. But if God was mad at him, how could you love him? If God cursed Him, how could you approve of Him and still be a good Jew? So when they approached Herrod, they don’t go with excitement because all Herrod can do is stone Jesus to death. That isn’t good enough. They need him cursed. What excitement when Herrod sends him back to Pilate!


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