The Importance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jseus
Have you ever wondered the extent of God’s love? Have you ever thought for a second that your sins, your past, your present and perhaps your future makes you incapable of receiving the love of the father. Maybe perhaps, the Lord would think you worthy of his love if you were a little “cleaner”. Jesus Christ loved us so that the Cross, the Tomb, the Resurrection is what he traded for our carnal minds and life of uncleanliness. Jesus loved us that much! If Christ had not died and rose again, the life we live in Jesus would be of no avail. It is because of these great moments in history; the Death, the Burial, and the Resurrection. that affords us the opportunity to live again.
God’s love is unfathomable, indescribable and so deep that nothing can separate us from his love. Not things present nor things to come, nothing can separate us from the love of the father (Romans: 8, verses 38-39). Why is this? God is love, his entirety is love, everything God does, is done out of love for us. Yes! Even when he chastise us, God loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). His love is so deep, so sacrificial, that he would spare nothing for our sake. So deep was this love, that he gave his only begotten son Jesus Christ, that whosoever would believe in him, will not perish but have an everlasting life (John 3:16, Romans 5:1). What greater love can a man have, than to lay down his life for his friends whom he adores.(John 15:13)
Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
God is light and in him, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5) God is incapable of sinning and cannot behold sin (Habakkuk 1:13). So despite his everlasting love, we couldn’t come confidently to God because of our sins (Isaiah 59:1). Remember we weren’t always like this but after the fall of Adam and Eve, we became sinful in nature and the consequences of our sins kept hunting us down. Jesus was a sacrifice of sin, sent from his throne with one purpose. To save his people, (you and I) from their sins and the consequences, that if anyone will believe in him they will have everlasting life (Matthew 1:21, John 3:16) This is a story of love. The death, the burial, and the resurrection and the torment he endured just for you and I.
The Accounts of Jesus Christ
The life, death, and resurrection of our Savior was recorded in the chronological gospel. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Written by the early Disciples of Christ.
Jesus Is Betrayed (Matthew 26: 1-5, 14-16, Mark 14:1 and 2)
All Jewish males over the ages of 12 were required to go to Jerusalem annually to celebrate the Passover festival. It was at one of those festivals that Jesus began teaching in the temple at the age of 12 (Luke 2: 41-52) and the Passover was followed by a seven day festivity of unleavened bread. This was a period the Jews celebrated Gods deliverance from the land of Egypt (Exodus 12: 14-29). This was the perfect time to capture Jesus because although he wasn’t a resident of Jerusalem, he was sure to come.
While the chief priest and the scribes’ deliberated on how to capture Jesus, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus derived a plan on how to betray him. Before the birth of Christ, it had been prophesied a Messiah shall come to deliver his people from oppression and rule with righteousness, (Isaiah 11: 1-5). At this time the Jews were ruled by the iron fist of the Romans and eagerly expecting this Messiah would save them from the oppression of the Romans. Although Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, the Jews never recognized him because they expected an early king, a political Messiah. What they didn’t realize is that this Messiah had come to redeem them from the slavery of sin. Could that have been one of the reasons why Jesus was betrayed?
Was that the reason why the scribes and high priest sought to kill Jesus? Although the Disciples of Christ loved him they misunderstood his assignment.Yes! Jesus was king, yes! His kingdom was to be established eternally, but the physical establishment of his kingdom is to be fulfilled after his second coming. On several occasions, his disciples had fought for who would get the most recognition after the establishment of his early kingdom (Mark 10:37).
The Last Supper: Jesus at the last supper with his disciples predicted his betrayal and death, and Peter’s denial. Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests with the request to be allowed the opportunity to point to the man known as Jesus, for the reward of 30 pieces of silver. He lay in wait for the right time, all he needed do was to kiss Jesus, and voila! The soldiers would then arrest him, and it was there in the garden of Gethsemane Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. He was greatly distressed about the oncoming pain and in a moment of weakness asked, “remove this cup from me”. Judas Iscariot came to his sense and his betrayal had escalated bigger than he expected. This wasn’t the first time Jesus was captured, he also got away.
Judas must have thought it cool to make a few bucks, after all, he always freed himself, but not this time. Jesus time was now. So consumed with guilt, he tried making amends, returning the pieces of silver for the freedom of our Holy One, Jesus. But the scribes wouldn’t budge, they had a target now and that was all that mattered!. Judas Iscariot took his own life.
The Trail Of Jesus (Luke 22:54-71, 23:1-25, John 18:28-38, Matthew 27:11-14)
Jesus was tried six times, by both corrupt Jewish and Roman authorities there never was a sin worthy of death found in him. Even when he was condemned to die, he was found with no sin. He was tried before Herod and Pilate, Roman authorities and found innocent. Herod was curious about Jesus and although enjoyed making fun of him, he sent him back to Pontius Pilate declaring him innocent. Pilate having no choice and seeing that the Jews were determined on having Jesus killed, set before them two options, release a prisoner named Barabbas, who was a notorious murderer and political insurgent or release to them Jesus who was without sin as was the case of the Jewish custom, that on every Passover celebration a prisoner be released on pardon.
The multitude screamed “Crucify him! Crucify him!” and so the fate for Jesus was sealed. Though innocent, he was condemned to the worst death sentence, deserving of the worst criminals. Crucifixion!
The Death of Jesus (Luke 23:26-49, John 19:18-37, Matthew 27:35-44)
Just before his crucifixion, Jesus was scourged by the Roman soldiers on the instruction of Pontius Pilate. Scourging was a Jewish punishment for criminals. The usual procedure was to bare the upper half of the victim’s body, tying their hands to a pillar before whipping him with a three-pronged whip. This act in itself was so painful that it was capable of taking its victims life but an order was given, he was not to die from this, his death was by crucifixion ( Mat 27: 26)
As Jesus was led to be crucified, he was sore, physical drained and could no longer carry his cross. The Roman soldiers ordered a man named Simon, a Cyrenian to carry the cross of this deity they called Jesus. All the way to a hilltop called Calvary where he was to be crucified. It was a grim gloomy day, a great mourning for the Disciples of Christ who watched from afar.
A great multitude of people followed him with some wailing and crying seeing the agony and pain of Jesus and some jeering and mocking him. Crucified along side with Jesus were two other criminals. One to his left and one to his right. While the roman inflicted him with pain, stripped him, cast lots on his clothing’s and mocked him deriding him to save himself if truly he was the son of God. Jesus prayed saying “father forgive them, for they know not what they do” and God forgave and opened the way of salvation even to his murderers. A Roman soldier who witnessed his crucifixion said “truly this man was the son of God” and no man proclaims the lordship of Christ except by the holy spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3)
A superscription was written over him in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. The sign was meant to be ironic, a mockery of his earlier claim of lordship. Death by crucifixion was at that time the worst kind of death to befall a man. How a “king” could be stripped, beaten and hung on a cross for all to see. Nevertheless, because the wisdom of God isn’t anything like the wisdom of men, God had ordained that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, his kingdom will be established forever.
One of the criminals hung alongside Jesus mocked him “ if thou be the sacred Christ, save thyself and us” but was rebuked by the other criminal. He said they both deserved their punishment for the wrongs they had committed, but this man Jesus was innocent and did not deserve to die this way. He asked Jesus to remember him in his kingdom, and right there he received the love of the father and was promised a place in paradise forever.
At the cross, Christ handed the responsibility of the care of his earthly mother Mary to his Disciple John “mother behold thy son, son behold thy mother”
At about the time of the death of Jesus. Darkness covered the earth for about 3 hours within with the veil of the temple was torn in two. The temple had 3 parts, the courts for all, the holy place where only priests could enter and the holy of Holies which only the high Priest had access to once a year to atone for the sins of the people. It was this veil covering the holy of Holies that was split.
Shortly after Jesus committed his life into the hands of God and declared “it is finished”, giving up the ghost. It was against Gods law to leave the body of a dead person exposed overnight (Deuteronomy 21: 31) and unlawful to work after sundown on Friday. To speed up the process of death, the Roman soldiers broke the bones of the two other criminals hung on the cross with Jesus. But Jesus was already dead. His sides were pierced to confirm. Piercing his sides and seeing the separation of blood and water was further proof of his death.
The Funeral Of Jesus (Luke 23:50-56, John 19:32-42, Matthew 27:57-61)
A man named Joseph, an Arimathea, a wealthy and honored man, a secret disciple of Jesus. Went to Pilate requesting for the corpse of Jesus to bury him according to the Jewish customs. He took the body of Jesus Christ, anointed him with the spices brought by another secret disciple of Christ Nicodemus (The same who came to Jesus at night seeking how a man could be saved) and Laid him in a tomb that had never been used before and rolled a huge stone over the tomb. This occurred on a Friday, sometime around sundown. The next day was sabbath (Saturday) on this day the Jews did no work. Jesus was left lying in the tomb Friday and Saturday.
The Immortality of Jesus (John 20:1-9, Mark 16:1-8, Matthew 28:1-7)
On the first day of a new week, the third day after the death of Jesus. Mary Magdalene, a disciple of Jesus in the company of other female disciples of Jesus, went to his tomb with the spices they had prepared, but met an empty tomb. In panic, they ran back to the disciples of Jesus reporting the absurdity of the event. The linens laid on the floor and the cloth wrapped around his head laid separately, still in its form. This fulfills the scripture that Jesus would die but surely rise on the third day. The disciples knew the tomb was empty but didn’t understand that Christ had risen 3 days after his death as prophesied. Christ indeed resurrected and appeared a number of times to his disciples to encourage them and show himself before his glorious ascension into heaven, 40 days after his resurrection. Only an immortal man could rise fro the dead. Allowing us the opportunity to live forever.
In a later chapter, we see the scribes and high priest discrediting the testimonies of these disciples.
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: There is hope in knowing that Jesus died that we might have life everlasting. No greater love than a man lay down his life! I am inspired to encourage you to read your bible on a daily basis. What a man, that he did not flee from the tormentors, and endured suffering for our sake, according to the biblical accounts in the book.