March 7, 2021
Jesus’ death is central to his story unlike any other famous person from history.
Late Friday Afternoon
–Over that vacated middle cross hangs a sign that reads: Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.
-“Christ” literally means “Anointed One” or “Messiah.”
Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed. (Acts 5:36)
…intended to come and make him king by force… (John 6:15)
Zealots – (Jewish nationalist extremists)
Pharisees – (The politically-minded)
Essenes – (The isolationists)
We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king. (Luke 23:2)
If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar. (John 19:12)
Here is your king! (John 19:14)
We have no king but Caesar. (John 19:15)
Are you the King of the Jews? (Luke 23:3)
Yes, it is as you say. (Luke 23:3)
Friday Before Sunrise
Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. (John 11:47-48)
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree. (Mark 14:55-56)
Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One? (Mark 14:61)
I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven. (Mark 14:62)
Friday, Sometime After Midnight
Father if it is possible for this cup to pass from me, yet not my will, but yours be done. (Mark 14:36) Two thousand years later, His death is the most important, most remembered death in the history of the world.
I lay down my life for the sheep…No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. (John 10:15,18)
Jesus changed the cross from the symbol of a human empire’s power to take life, into a symbol of the suffering love of God to give life.