by David Cawston

The Cross and the Cradle
David Cawston
Luke 2:25-35

From the very beginning of the life of Jesus, from the time of the cradle there was a symbol of the cross.
Here at the time of the temple dedication. A prophetic warning of pain.

Again at the visit of the Wisemen there was a prophetic warning. The gift from the Magi of Myrrh – a burial spice.

Over and over again through out Jesus life he stated the cross in His future!

Matt 12:38-40
of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you."
39 He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.(NIV)

Matt 16:4
4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." (NIV)

Matt 16:21
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Matt 17:23
23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life." And the disciples were filled with grief.

Matt 20:18-19
18 "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death
19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"(NIV)

So prevalent was the understanding that even the Pharisees and Sadducees grasped it for the asked Pilate to place a guard at the tomb

Matt 27:64
64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell t ...

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