THE MOSAIC AGE (PART 4)
DEATH OF CHRIST (2)
In our last lesson, we learned that the Jews had asked that Jesus Christ be crucified. To be crucified is to be nailed to a cross and to die an agonizing death by being hung on the cross.
After the soldiers have mocked (made fun of) Jesus, they led Him away to be crucified. They compelled a man named Simon, a Cyrenian, to help carry Jesus’ cross. Jesus was led to a place called Golgotha or place of a skull, as translated. There they nailed Him to the cross and be crucified between two thieves, one on His right and the other on His left.
A large number of people including women followed Him. Many of the women were crying. The soldiers took Jesus' clothing and gambled over it. They put a sign over His head on the cross, “THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS”. The chief priest mocked Him and said, “He saved others, Himself He cannot save”. Many others shouted at Him and shook their heads and said awful things to the Jesus, the Son of God. Little did they know that Jesus was hung on the cross to die for their sins, as well as for the sins of all people, even mine and yours.
It was the customs at that time that the bodies were not to be hung on the cross on the Sabbath day (Saturday, 7th day of the week). The Jews asked Pilate to break the legs of the three on the crosses to hasten their death.
The soldiers broke the legs of the two thieves but when they came to Jesus, they found that He was already dead. They did not break His legs. However, a soldier pierced Jesus’ side with a spear and immediately blood and water came out (John 19:34).
Joseph of Arimathea came to Pilate and asked for the body of Christ. He then with others, buried Jesus. The people began to worry that Jesus’ disciples would steal the body of Jesus. They remembered when Jesus was alive, He had said that He would rise again in three days. They asked Pilate to put guards at the cave where Jesus' body laid. Pilate had the stone that was over the opening of the cave sealed and guards were placed there to make sure that no one steals the body of Jesus (Matthew 27:62-66).
Now when the Sabbath has passed, very early on the 1st day of the week, which is Sunday, a few women came to the tomb. They found that the stone covering the cave had been rolled away. An angel was inside the tomb and he told them that Jesus is not there and that He had risen from the dead (Mark 16:1-8). As was prophesied long before, Jesus did rise from the dead. After His resurrection, He appeared to His apostles and many others
who testified that they saw Him. Indeed, our Lord Jesus has risen from the dead.
In studying the life, death and resurrection of Christ, we now know the gospel - that Jesus had come to die for our sins. We will study in our following lessons, how we can obey the gospel so that our sins can be forgiven.
Section 1 - Fill in the blanks
To be crucified is to be ______ to a ______ and to ______ an agonizing death by being hung on a cross.
Jesus died on the cross for the ______ of everyone.
When the women came to Jesus’ tomb on the ______ day of the week or Sunday, they found that Jesus had _______ from the dead.
Pilate had placed guards at the cave where Jesus’ body laid because when Jesus was alive, He had said that he would _______ again in _______ days.
After Jesus had resurrected, He ______ to His apostles and many others who ______ that they saw Him.
Section 2 - True or False
Jesus was crucified at a place called Golgotha.
A man named Peter was compelled to carry the cross for Jesus.
It was the customs at that time that the bodies were not to be left hanging on the crosses on the Sabbath Day (Saturday).
The legs of all three who were hanging on the crosses were broken by the soldiers.
Joseph of Arimathea and others buried Jesus.
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