What Happened at Jesus’ Crucifixion
This mediated message describes what happened at Jesus’ crucifixion, as well as what didn’t happen. There were no big crowds of onlookers, Jesus didn’t utter words — which if spoken, could not have been heard by his followers — and there were no supernatural resurrections as reported in the Bible. For related information about Jesus, go to this page and the related articles.
What Happened at Jesus’ Crucifixion
(SAMUEL, PROPHET OF THE OLD TESTAMENT)
(March 27th, 1921 | Received by James Padgett)
I AM HERE. Samuel, prophet of the Old Testament.
Let me write a few lines tonight, as I have not written to you for a long time. I desire to tell you of the scene that was depicted to you tonight by the words and music at the church*.
Well, as you may not know, many of the scenes that were so forcibly presented to your imagination never had any reality in fact. And the drama enacted was the production of the oriental mind, which was so often used to depict things that had their origin only in such Eastern imaginations.
When Jesus was crucified, there was no great concourse of people because he was considered merely a common malefactor who was paying the penalties that followed the violation of the law he was charged with violating. Of course, there were soldiers, a large number of the members of the Jewish Sanhedrin, and a few followers present; but there was no unusual crowd to witness the execution. Jesus was not the only one crucified at the time. The other two were also considered (just as the Jews considered Jesus) violators of their laws and those to be punished by hanging on the cross.
The words that Jesus is supposed to have uttered at the time of his impending death were not uttered by him, and no words that he may have spoken could have been heard by any of his followers, because they were kept away from the immediate scene of his execution. And it was only after he had been pronounced dead and found ready to be removed from the cross that his followers were permitted to approach his body and remove it from the tree. The others who were engaged in the execution did not hear any words of his, and, as I have said, his followers could not hear, and thus be able to report, any supposed saying of his. So far as is known, he died as bravely—that is, without fear or doubt as to the future—as did any other who has suffered the same fate.
The words that he is supposed to have uttered were not so uttered, and he did not call upon the Father for His Help to cause the bitter cup to pass from him. All reports of what he said or did at that time are not true, but are merely the imaginings of those who wrote of him in later times.
There was no sudden breaking up of nature or of material things. And the account of the graves opening, and the bodies arising therefrom and being seen and talked with in the city, are purely fiction and have no foundation in fact.
I know that Christians of today will not be ready to receive these statements as true because of the long years of belief in these things that have obtained during the centuries. Why men should want to believe in these representations of things that never happened is hard to understand, for, in themselves, they have no significance except as a mere endeavor to make as dramatic and impressive as possible for humanity the wonderful circumstances that they allege surrounded the death of Jesus. IF THEY WILL ONLY THINK, THEY MUST REALIZE THAT THE DEATH OF JESUS, ACCOMPANIED BY ALL THE STARTLING ENVIRONMENTS DESCRIBED IN THE BIBLE, DID NOT AFFORD ONE IOTA OF HELP IN THE WAY OF SAVING A HUMAN SOUL OR TEACHING THAT SOUL THE TRUE WAY TO THE FATHER’S KINGDOM. HIS LIFE IS WHAT HAD THE SAVING EFFECT AND NOT HIS DEATH. AND THE SOONER MEN LEARN THAT TRUTH, THE SOONER WILL THEY LEARN THE FACT THAT NO DEATH OF JESUS COULD SAVE THEM FROM THEMSELVES OR SHOW THEM THE WAY TO THE CELESTIAL KINGDOM.
I know that men will not want to believe what I have written, and will continue in their belief that all these tragic circumstances surrounded the death of Jesus. And I suppose that this belief will continue with them for a long time to come. But what I have said is true. And no man can, by any possible workings of God’s Laws, find any hope or assurance of immortality in these things.
You may ask me how I know that Jesus uttered no words at the time of his death, and I can answer by saying that he told me so, himself.
He has not been present tonight at any of the churches where his death on the cross is celebrated, and he will not be until after the time of the great worship and adoration of him by the churches has gone by. This worship is all very distasteful to him, and he does not desire to witness it. Hence, he remains in his home in the high Celestial Spheres. HE DESIRES MEN TO WORSHIP ONLY THE ONE, TRUE FATHER THAT HE WORSHIPS, AND THUS RECEIVE THE TRUE BENEDICTION OF THE FATHER.
With my love, I will say good night.
Your brother in Christ,
* Padgett attended an Easter Service, in the year 1921.
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