All understanding comes from the writings of the prophets (Old Testament or Tanach: they are one and the same) in light of the Mashiach’s death for our sin, His burial and His resurrection the third day. The Law and the Prophets prophesy or foretell the Christ’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. Yeshua of Nazareth is the Mashiach.
Yeshua was crucified to fulfill the great purpose of God. As it is prophesied in Genesis, the father, Avraham, offered his son according to the flesh. The time of the sacrifice was not the first day, or the second day, but the third day. (Gen 22:4) “Sacrifice and burnt offering I have not desired but a broken and contrite heart” , it is written, concerning the Son of God, Yeshua. For the offering was made according to the eternal Spirit. For it is written, “Then on the third day, Avraham (translated “the father of many) lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Avraham said unto the young men, Abide you here with the ass, and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Avraham took the wood of the burnt offering (this, a sacrifice before and outside of the Law), and laid it upon Isaac his son. And he took fire in his hand, and a knife, and they both went together. And Isaac (“Titskhaq” translated “laughter”) spake unto Avraham his father and said, “My father”, and he said, “Here I am, my son”. And he said, “Behold the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering”. And Avraham said, “My son, Elohiym will provide a burnt offering.” So they went both of them together. And they came to place which Elohiym had told him of. And Avraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him upon the altar of the wood. And Avraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son (his only son), and the messenger of God called unto him out of heaven, and said, Avraham, Avraham”, and he said “Here I am.” And he said, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him. For now I know that thou fearest Elohiym, seeing thou hast not witheld thy son, thine only son from me.” And Avraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in the thickets by the horns. And Avraham offered it up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. (Gen 22) Beloved, the scriptures (Tanach or Old Testament) are not about Avraham, and Isaac, but they are concerning the Mashiach, the Son of God, Yeshua. How the Father loves the Son, for He has been obedient to Him. Oh, the love of the Father and the Son toward all people in the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day. God Himself has provided the sacrifice, not a fleshly offering of a burnt offering but a sacrifice offered by the eternal Spirit of God. For the alabaster box is broken. We worship not the alabaster box, but recognize the great purpose of God in condemning the Mashiach in the flesh. He was justified in Spirit, raised from the dead, and now is glorified at the right hand of the Father. Why was Yeshua crucified? To fulfill God’s eternal purpose in the Mashiach. There can be no doubt in the grace of God that He loves all people without partiality in word and in deed. “In Adam all died, in the Mashiach all are made alive, each person in God’s own order.”
And why was salvation of and for the Jews (those of Yudah)? For the judgment of Yudah came after His resurrection and He left us with words that must be fulfilled: “not one stone of this temple will be left standing”. He was crucified so they would not have to be crucified. He was condemned that they be not condemned. He was judged that they not endure the judgment of God.
Beloved, let me speak of crucifixion. It was death reserved for criminals of the low standing. A Roman citizen could not be crucified or for that matter scourged. It was death by bleeding to death, and scourging decreased the time. By the appointed time men were experts in crucifixion. Men as they grew more skilled at crucifixion out of this skill came mass crucifixion. In 326 BC Alexander the Great crucified 2000 at Tyre. In the first century BC to discourage slave revolts the Romans crucified 6000 of the uprisers along 200 km of the Appian Way to Rome itself (read about Spartacus). The Jewish King Alexander Janneus crucified 800 Pharisees in 87 BC. One, Yeshua of Nazareth was crucified in 31 AD. He was raised from the dead by the eternal purpose of God. He said if you abide in my word you shall have life that does not cease. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. All who abided in His word were spared the judgment that befell Yerushalem in 70 AD. While we do not know the exact count of crucifixion in this great judgement, Josephus records 500 souls were crucified each day until, “Space was wanting for crosses, and crosses were wanting for bodies.” For ten miles in all direction around Yerushalem there was not a tree found. In this judgment was the greatest mass crucifixion of all times. And Yeshua was crucified for all men, but especially the Jews. Not out of partiality but because of the imminent judgment of God. This is why Paul writes in Roman 1, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of the Mashiach: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes, to the Jew (of Yudah) first, and then to the Greek (Gentiles).” To the Jew first because to them judgment came in 70 AD and fulfilled the words of Yeshua.
And so Yisrael does not again wait for her judgment another time. For in Yudah judgment was already accomplished. But the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled. The Gentiles await their judgment. The day of the Mashiach is at hand. Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all Yisrael shall be saved.” All of Yisrael that God has purposed to be saved will be saved. Maranatha!