Jesus died a horrible death wreaked with pain. Why so graphic? God did not want to us to forget the price He paid for our sin so we can have eternal life. Have you ever just considered the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - His Death
All four of the New Testament Gospels talk of the crucifixion of Christ. These God-inspired authors (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) give us graphic accounts of what happened in the final hours of the life of Jesus. They also give clear insight to the ancient Roman practice of crucifixion. Here are some main points in the crucifixion timeline:
· Jesus was arrested in the
· Jesus endured six trials - three by Jewish leaders and three by the Romans (John 18:12-14, Mark 14:53-65, Mark 15:1a, Mark 15: 1b-5, Luke 23:6-12, Mark 15:6-15) Jesus survived painful beating, whipping, and mocking (Mark 15:16-20)
· Pilate tried to compromise with the religious leaders by having Jesus beaten, but this act didn't satisfy them. Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified (Mark 15:6-15)
· Jesus was mocked by the soldiers as they dressed Him in a purple robe and a crown of thorns (John 19:1-3)
· Jesus was crucified on
· Jesus cried, "Father! Into your hands I commit my spirit!" and He died (Luke 23:46).
As you visualize what happened to Jesus your heart becomes heavy with grief. You know all this pain inflicted on Him was because your sin. Willingly Jesus laid down His life and endured the pain. Have you seen Him die through eyes of faith?
His back is bleeding. Shreds of flesh mingle with old and fresh blood. His shoulders, tingling with pain, now are forced to carry the weight of an old rugged cross. With each agonizing step the splinters and heaviness of the cross dig into the torn flesh of the Savior. The heat from the midday sun beats down on Him like an ant under a magnifying glass.
Physically- - - mentally - - - emotionally - - - spiritually- - - - - - exhausted, He journeys up the rugged heights of
Now they raise the cross to lower it into the prepared opening in the earth. His back scrapes against the rough wood as it falls into place. His arm tenses as the beam hits hard against the cold earth in the bottom of the hole.
This was followed by the three hours of darkness---It’s now over.
The Savior of the world now separated from God the Father. Why did the Father turn away from Him? Jesus took on the sin of all mankind. It is against the character of God to face sin, so God withdrew Himself from communication with His Son while Jesus bore the guilt of the world's sin. Your sin---my sin---the sin of the whole World.
Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - His Burial and Resurrection
Following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Joseph was given permission to bury Jesus, so he brought fine linen, wrapped the body, laid Jesus in a tomb and rolled a large stone across the entrance. Jesus was in the grave for three days. After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of Jesus), and Salome prepared spices to anoint Jesus' body. When they arrived at the tomb, the stone had already been rolled away! They entered the tomb, where an angel said, "Don't be alarmed. . .You are looking for Jesus the Na0zarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into
Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - His Eternal Gift
What does the crucifixion of Jesus Christ have to do with you? God, who knows what you're are made of, knew you could not live the sinless life necessary for heaven. So He decided to offer Himself in your place. He did that by becoming a man in the person of Jesus Christ, His own Son. Jesus lived a sinless life on earth. God had said the punishment for sin is death. Since we all have sinned (Romans 3:23, 6:23), we needed someone sinless to die in our place. Jesus, being sinless, died in our place. He died for you! Romans 5:10 says, "For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" The Bible says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Attending church or performing good works will not contribute to your salvation. God saves you by His grace through our obedience to His Word. So turn from your sin (Luke 13:3), confess Jesus as Lord and God’s Son (Matthew 16:16), and be immersed for the remission of all your sin and the dwelling presence of God through His Spirit (Acts 2:23, Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21). Jesus is offering you the gift of eternal life. Will you accept it by obeying His Truth?
“Thank you God for sending Your Son to die on the cross. We marvel at Your amazing grace. Thank you for loving us this much. In Jesus Name---Amen.”
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