A Story About Crucifixion Of Jesus Christ You Have Not Heard
The connectivity of the entire Holy Bible is once again emphasised.
This connectivity is one understanding that theologians and even Christian faithful have, but there is a story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ that highlights this connectivity that is not so popular.
Only those who have read a range of books on the subject will know this one.
It is an interesting, chronicle and Christians will like it.
Aurea Legenda preserved by Jacobus de Voragine tells the story from Adam to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, highlighting where the cross that Jesus was crucified on came from.
The Bible is so mute about how this cross came, but Voragine wrote that Adam, feeling the end of his life was near, entreated his son Seth to make a pilgrimage to the Garden of Eden and secure from the angel on guard at the entrance the Oil of Mercy which God had promised mankind.
Seth did not know the way; but his father had told him that it was eastward direction, and that the path would be easy to follow for when He and Eve were banished from the Garden of the Lord, upon the path which their feet had trod the grass had never grown.
Seth, following the directions of his father discovered the Garden of Eden without difficulty.
According to the Legend, the angel which guarded the gate permitted him to entre and in the midst of the garden, Seth beheld a great tree, the branches of which reached up to heaven.
The angel refused to give Seth the Oil of Mercy, but presented him instead with three seeds from the Tree of Life.
With these Seth returned to his father, who was so overjoyed that he did not desire to live longer.
Three days later he died and the three seeds were buried in his mouth, as the angel had instructed.
The seeds became a sapling with three trunks in one, which absorbed into itself the blood of Adam, so that the life of Adam was in the tree.
Noah dug up this tree by the roots and took it with him into the Ark.
After the waters subsided, he buried the skull of Adam under Mount Calvary (where Jesus Christ was crucified), and planted the tree on the Summit of Mount Lebanon.
Moses beheld a visionary being in the midst of this tree (the Burning bush) and from it cut the magical rod with which he was able to bring water out of a stone and also divide the Red Sea.
Because he could not enter into the Promise land, he planted the rod in the hills of Moab.
After such searching, King David discovered the tree and his son Solomon tried to use it for a pillar in his temple, but his carpenters could not cut it so that it would fit; it was always either too long or too short.
At last, disgusted they cast it aside and used it for a bridge to connect Jerusalem with surrounding hills.
When the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon, she was expected to walk across this bridge. Instead, when she beheld the tree, she refused to put her foot upon it, but after kneeling and praying, removed her sandals and forded the stream.
This so impressed King Solomon that he ordered the log to be overlaid with golden places and placed above the door of his temple.
There it remained until his covetous grandson stole the gold and buried the tree so that the crime would not be discovered.
From the ground where the tree was buried, there immediately bubbled forth a spring of water which became known as Bethesda where Jesus healed the man with a 38-year infirmity.
The angel of the pool that comes down at certain time of the year to trouble the water, became the guardian of the tree and it remained undisturbed for many years.
Voragine further wrote that eventually, the log floated to the surface and was used as a bridge again, this time between Calvary and Jerusalem and over it Jesus passed to be crucified.
There was no wood on Calvary so the tree was cut in two parts to serve as the cross upon which the son of Man was crucified.
The cross was set up at the very spot where the skull of Adam had been buried.
Later, when the cross was discovered by the Empress Helena, the wood was found to be of four different varieties contained in one tree (representing the elements) and thereafter the cross continued to heal all the sick who were permitted to touch it.
This is the story, as told by Voragine an Italian chronicler and archbishop of Genoa.
He was described as the compiler of a more accurate collection of the legendary lives of the greater saints of the medieval church that was one of the most popular religious works of the Middle Ages.
The cross of Jesus was from the Garden of Ede, he claims.