Learn how Jesus died to save sinners
Today we will learn how Jesus died to save sinners. He is the Son of God and loves us all.
He lived in Heaven, but came to earth as a baby over two thousand years ago. He came to earth because the people were sinners.
Being a sinner means that from birth we were naughty and disobedient to God. We do not like to do what God loves.
Doing what God hates is called sin or a crime. As a result, all sinners have to suffer a punishment for their sins. That punishment is death.
However, God sent His Son Jesus to die in our place so that we would not die and go to the eternal punishment of hell.
Eternal punishment means that sinners will be imprisoned in the darkness of hell and will burn forever and ever.
Before Jesus died to save sinners, He travelled to the capital Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.
His disciples were worried about being in Jerusalem because some of the Jewish religious leaders wanted to put Jesus to death
The Passover was a very important holiday at the beginning of the year. Thousands of Jews from all over Israel and other nations would descend on the city of Jerusalem to celebrate.
Jesus told His disciples that they would see a man carrying a water jug. He would lead them to the building where they would eat the Passover meal (Mark 14:12-16).
Jesus said that Judas would betray Him
.During the Passover meal, Jesus shared bread and wine with His disciples to celebrate the first communion.
The bread reprensented His body that was broken for the sins of the world.
The wine represented His blood that would be shed for our healing.
Jesus then told His disciples that one of them would betray Him. Lord Jesus gave a sign to show that Judas was the betrayer.
Jesus told Judas to be quick, then Judas angrily left the room
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives after the Passover meal
After the Passover meal Jesus went to the Mount of Olives with His disciples.
When He arrived at the Mount of Olives, Jesus asked His disciples
to watch as He prayed. Jesus fore in advance about the suffering that He would go through.
It was very difficult, but Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done.
Meanwhile, Judas betrayed Jesus and told the priests that Jesus would be at the Mount of Olives. The priests organized some soldiers and sent them with Judas to arrest Jesus. (John 18:1-11).
The soldiers came with a big crowd and arrested Jesus. His disciples fled the scene because they were afraid (Luke 22:39-53).
Jesus was cross examined by various authorities
During the hours of His arrest, Jesus was taken for cross examination to several authorities. These were:
o The High Priest Annas.
- Caiaphas the high priest.
- At daybreak Jesus was cross examined by Caiaphas the high priest, chief priests and scribes. Caiaphas and the religious leaders brought in people who gave false evidence against Chrsit. They were angry because He said that He was the Son of God.
- They found Him guilty of blasphemy because He said that He was God and said that He must die.
The religious rulers took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman ruler
Since the Jews did not have the authority to put Christ to death, they took Him to a Roman ruler called Pilate.
Although the Jews told a lot of lies about the Lord, Pilate could not find Him guilty of a crime. His wife even warned him about a dream that she had and told him that Christ was innocent of crimes.
Pilate sent Jesus to another ruler called Herod. Howewver, Herod mocked Christ and sent Him back to Pilate.
The cross examinations ended with Jesus being sentenced to die
Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate who asked the crowd what to do with Him. Their response was,
Pilate gave Jesus over to the soldiers. They took Jesus aside and
beat Him. They twisted together a crown of thorns and put the
purple robe on Him.
They yelled, ‘Hail, King of the Jews’ and slapped Him in the face.
Once more Pilate presented Jesus to the crowd. Pilate said,
‘Behold, the Man.’
When they saw Jesus they cried, ‘Crucify, crucify!’
Pilate gave in to the will of the people and gave them permission to crucify Jesus (John 19:4-16).
Jesus King of the Jews
The soldiers took Jesus to a place called Golgotha or Place of the Skull. It was outside of the city and Jesus had to carry His own cross. He must have been tired and weary.
The soldiers crucified Him along with two thieves when they got there. (John 19:17).
The soldiers took Jesus’ clothes and cast lots for them. People mocked Him and said,
‘He saved others; let Him save Himself.”
The land became dark. Jesus said,
The centurion said, ‘certainly this man was innocent.’
Unusual events took place when Jesus died
Read about this in Matthew 27
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”
48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink.
49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.
52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,
53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”