The Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion

Text: Mark 15:15-39

This is the third in a series of lessons examining some great days in history – not in secular history, but days of spiritual importance. In this third lesson, we’re going to be discussing the day of Jesus’ crucifixion in which He died on the cross for our sins.

The Background

  • Jesus lived a perfect life while here on the earth – offered a sinless example for us to follow (1 Peter 2:21-22); His crucifixion was wholly underserved (Isaiah 53:9; John 19:4)
  • Jesus was rejected by His people (Isaiah 53:3; John 19:14-15) – despite what the Scriptures said about Him (Galatians 3:24; John 5:39); despite what they saw Jesus say and do (John 5:36; 10:24-25)
  • Jesus knew all that was going to happen to Him (John 13:1; 18:4) – prophecies pointed to His death on the cross (Isaiah 53:3-9; Psalm 22); Jesus indicated while He was here that He knew what was to transpire (John 3:14; 12:32-33; Matthew 16:21)

The Events on That Day

  • His prayer in the Garden – demonstrated a submission to the Father (Mark 14:36; cf. Philippians 2:8); showed a willingness to go to the cross (Mark 14:35; cf. John 10:17-18)
  • His trial and condemnation – before the priests He was falsely accused, insulted, and physically abused (Mark 14:53-65); before Pilate He was questioned and condemned to death despite His innocence (Mark 15:2-5, 10-15); before Herod He was treated with contempt and mocked (Luke 23:11)
  • His suffering and death on the cross – mocking continued (Mark 15:29-32); crucifixion was a physically torturous ordeal
  • Signs – darkness from sixth to ninth hour (Mark 15:33); veil of the temple torn (Mark 15:37-38); earth shook, tombs opened, dead raised (Matthew 27:52-53); the centurion concluded that Jesus was the Son of God (Mark 15:39)

Key Lessons

  • The need for a sacrifice – “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22); the animal sacrifices under the old law were not able to take away sins (Hebrews 10:1-4); this required the blood of Christ shed on the cross (Hebrews 10:5, 10; 9:13-14; Matthew 26:28)
  • Jesus’ qualifications to be the sacrifice – He is the “mediator” between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5); different from every high priest in that He was perfectly qualified (Hebrews 7:26-28)
  • The effectiveness of Jesus’ sacrifice – perfectly able to take away sin (Hebrews 10:1, 14; 1 John 1:7); for everyone (John 3:16: 1 John 2:2; Titus 2:11); yet salvation is conditional (Mark 16:16; Hebrews 5:9)

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