“Death, you hour has arrived,”
This is an excerpt from an excellent book, “The Day I Was Crucified”, by Gene Edwards. Jesus is depicted in the first person. I hope it offers an encouraging perspective for you as we remember the the days of Jesus’ journey through the Cross. Blessings, PJ
Only eyes which can see that which cannot be seen could know the drama that next began unfolding on the hill. Time ceased its onward march. Mass, space, and time came to a halt. I was now looking into the gathering of creatures that man’s eyes cannot see.
The cloud over Golgotha grew thicker and more foreboding.
Everywhere, pictures, types, and symbols surrounded me. The Passoever, the temples, the lamb – all had been but shadows of me. The gathering darkness made clear that the shadows, types and symbols were about to find their fulfillment.
The pernicious citizens of perdition had arrived. I heard a voice. I knew it well.
“Death, your hour has arrived,” I whispered.
“Come forth from the netherworld. Let us speak to one another, Death, before we both die.”
“He comes! He comes! My child comes, “ screeched Sin. “Come to me my son, your mother calls. Come from the east, gathering all that is filth. Come from the west and gather all that is abomination. From the north gather all that is wicked. And from the south gather together here all that is evil. Come from the depths of the seas, from places long since forgotten. Come from places that have ceased to be. Come, you infernal horde. Come from the deepest cesspools of depravity and wantonness. Gather all the dregs of hell, all that is unnatural. Bring together all blasphemies of time and eternity.”
With bloated arrogance Sin declared, “I smell his rotting fetor. There is no one like him- he is the greatest of all gods! He is my forever companion.”
Never before had all sin been confined to such a small space. The very earth shook in uncertain horror. Sun and stars closed their eyes. Jerusalem shook in terror, as did all the pilgrims of the Passover.
Even Lucifer looked away.
From this unholy scene emerged the seraphimic monstrosity – Death!
“There is none so proud as you, oh Death. Come and tell us of your greatness,” I coaxed.
Death began his soliloquy: “Ah we meet again, one who is called God.”
“Tragic, Nazarene, that there are but two gods left. I am one, and the other is dying on a tree. You have never known death, Son of God. I have never known life. I am the negation of all that you are. The God who lives and the god who cannot live spend our last moments together. Then silence! Then it will be I alone!”
Death raised his undefeated claws and screamed, “At last, upon this hill, you are mine.”
“I lived before you ever existed,” I said to Death as he squeezed me in his clutches. “Simple Death, there are things that took place before you existed of which you know nothing.”
“It matters not,” Death vaunted
“It matters all,” I replied
In that final moment i commanded those who were present from the unseen realm:
“Step forth, Word System. Come into my very being. You, World shall die with me!
“Lucifer, principalities and powers, and all whom you head, come into me.
“Law, you have been fulfilled, now come into my bosom.
“Adam’s race, all that was touched by the Fall, and creation itself, come into me and be one with me!
“Death, be my servant: Put to death all that is now one with me.
“Come, religion! That which strives to be good but is ever failing, come.
“Die upon my Cross. Come, all of you, die in me! You have now encountered the most destructive power in creation – my Cross!
“Put me to death, I command you. Death, look at me: I am become the Fall. All that is created is crucified with me.
“Oh, but there is one left! Death! Be now surprised. One is greater than all your vaunted claims. The one who can kill Death is death indeed. Today I kill you, Death. You thought you came for me, but it is i who came for you!”
“The Day I Was Crucified as Told by Jesus the Christ” by Gene Edwards