Summary: THe punishment and death of Christ and how he paid the price for us
The Punishment and Death
The death of Jesus shows us Gods Passion for Us.
Intro: Jesus has been sentenced to die. As we state last week, Pilate has given in to the demands of the people and handed Jesus over to be crucified.
**PP- Jesus and Pilate
Scripture: Mark 15:15-20
This demonstrates how much God loves you! It reveals the length he was willing to go to save you!
After the trials he is sentenced to be crucified.
I- Jesus was subjected to intense physical and emotional abuse.
After being exhausted from 6 all night trials, he was beaten and mocked.
• Purple robe- color of royalty.
• Crown of thorns- mock crown
**PP- Jesus with robe and crown
• Fall to knees and pay homage- false worship
He was scourged. (No mere whipping.)
• 9 leather straps in the rope
• tie sharp bones (to cut) and tie lead (to bruise)
• 40 stripes- only give 39 because people die from blood loss
He was forced to carry cross
**PP- Carrying cross
II- Jesus was subjected to death.
• Pull arm out of joint
• Nails driven in hands (forearm) and feet
• Feet turned outward and nail driven through Achilles tendon
• Died from suffocation
• Break legs to speed up death- Didn’t do this to Jesus John 19:33
• Jesus already dead
• Pierced side, water and blood: Heart exploded
NAR: In 1968, the historical veracity for the crucifixion of Jesus took another leap forward. A mass gravesite in Israel was uncovered that contained 35 male bodies, each of which died a brutal death around the rime of the Jewish revolt against Rome in 70 AD. An inscription identified one of the men as Yohan Ben Ha’galgol. Studies of his bones performed by specialists from the Hadassah Medical School determined this man was in his late 20’s and stood 5’6”.
Dramatically, these studies also showed that the man had been crucified in a manner resembling the crucifixion of Jesus. A large spike had been hammered inside the Achilles tendon. Spikes were also driven through his lower forearms, just below the wrists. The bone studies also revealed that the man’s legs were crushed below the knees. In John 19:31-33, we read that Roman executions expedited the death of crucifixion victims by breaking their legs- this caused them to suffocate quickly because they could no longer push up with their legs to inflate their lungs.
NAR: Crucifixion was a form of capital punishment reserved for slaves and those who were a threat to Rome. This explains why Pontius Pilate chose crucifixion as the penalty for Jesus Christ, since Jesus claimed a form of “Kingship” that threatened those in religious and political power.
Why did God allow this?
“ When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners…. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:6&8 (NLT)
Why did Jesus have to die?
• All have sinned-
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
• Justice demands a payment-
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23