It is difficult to write about the crucifixion ~ about Jesus dying on the cross. The more you learn about it the more horrible it is. The book of Mark simply reads, “And they crucified him.”
To understand what happened on the cross involves understanding sin. We must take our sin seriously because Jesus took it very seriously.
As you read about Jesus dying on the cross and his resurrection, think about the deeper meaning.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Flogged and Mocked
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers.
17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”
19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.
20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
- Does Jesus enduring this pain show weakness or strength?
Jesus Dies on the Cross
And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.
The written notice of the charge against him read: The King of the Jews.
They crucified two criminals with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who hurled insults at him shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!”
In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others ,” they said, “but he cannot save himself! Let this Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion who stood there in front of Jesus saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
- Have you personally considered why Jesus died on the cross and what it means?
The Burial of Jesus
42 It was the Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.
44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.
45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.
46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
- Describe the person who asked for the body of Jesus and who laid his body in the tomb.
The Resurrection of Jesus
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. It was the Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb
3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.
5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “You are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”
- Other details about the resurrection of Jesus are in The New Testament books of Matthew, Luke and John.