Jesus spiritually redeemed us, willingly gave His life as atonement for our sins. Here is how the Fatherís plan of salvation for all believers was physically implemented here on earth.
On Easter morning we can proudly proclaim ďHe is risen,Ē and expect an equally confident reply ďHe is risen indeed.Ē Easter commemorates the events leading up to Jesus Christís death and celebrates His resurrection from the dead, the beginning of Godís New Covenant with us. This monumental event took place nearly 2000 years ago, yet would change the way the world would live forever, would finally set believers free from their sins.
*And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, even as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples, He is risen from the dead; Matt 28:5-7 ASV
*For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ro 6:23 KJV
*For I will pass through
the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land
of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute
judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign
for you on the houses where you are.
And when I see the blood, I will pass
over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the
*The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! †Jn 1:29 NKJV+
*They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers." Rev 17:14 NIV+
*But he said to them,
"Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of
*and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, Rev 1:5 NIV+
*Therefore do not let anyone judge you
by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon
celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to
come; the reality, however, is found
*We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thess 1:3 NIV+
All Godís plans were made before creation and it is easy to notice the little things that fit perfectly into place, which made it possible for Christ to die for our salvation, to arise as the Son of God. The situation at the time, Romeís occupation of Israel, the Jewish Church trying to remain as a functioning body and not be destroyed by the Roman oppressors, made the perfect background for Christís crucifixion. The churchís leadership was trying to keep their people from striking out against the hated Romans, scared of Roman reprisals which would strip power from the Jewish religious leaders. The High Priest and other leaders of the Sanhedrin believed it was better for one man die, than have Rome turn on the whole nation. Getting rid of Jesus, killing Him would help bring political peace, stability.
*Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "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." Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish." Jn 11:47-50 NIV+
*Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." †Jn 18:36 NASB+
*And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt 10:28 ASV
*Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill him. "But not during the Feast," they said, "or the people may riot." Mk 14:1-2 NIV+
*Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?" And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus. Matt 26:14-16 NASB+
*And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. Mk 8:31 NKJV+
*The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!" Matt 21:6-9 NIV+
Later that night Jesus had to face the most agonizing test He would ever face, to follow His Fatherís will, be crucified for the sins of the world in the morning. It was more than physical punishment Jesus would suffer. Spiritually our Savior would have the sins of the world placed upon Him, dying as a replacement for all sinners. Our Father hates sin, would spiritually forsake His Son for all the believersí sins He bore.
*And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." Matt 26:26-29 NKJV+
*Coming out, He went to
Jesus would be abandoned by His disciples. Judas would betray Him with a kiss, identifying Jesus, so the chief priests, elders, and guards of the Jewish temple could arrest Him. Peter at first remained loyal, tried to defend Jesus. Peter used a knife Jesus had the disciples get to fulfill Scripture, and cut off the ear of the High Priestís servant. Jesus would rebuke Peter, heal the servantís ear, and allow the temple guards to take Him. All other disciples would flee as Jesus was led away. Peter would follow the mob to the High Priestís house where Jesus would be mocked and beaten. Here even Peter would abandon Jesus. Claiming three times he did not know his Savior, the last with a curse. Fulfilling Jesus words to Peter, before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.
*But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" †Lk 22:48 NKJV+
*And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." So he went out and wept bitterly. Matt 26:75 NKJV+
All alone Jesus
was tried early on preparation morning by the Jewish Leadership of the temple.
Jesus was falsely accused of many things, but when He told the truth, told them
He was the Son of God, they condemned Jesus to death for blasphemy. They spat
in His face and beat him. Then they took Jesus before the Roman governor
Pilate. Pilate could find no fault in Jesus, sent Him to King Herod who had
*Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. Jn 19:1 NIV+
*Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Matt 27:27-31 NKJV+
The Roman soldiers
took Jesus to Calvary, a hill outside of
*Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. Jn 15:13 KJV
*But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Ro 5:8-9 NKJV+
When Jesus died the ground shook, dead believers arose from their graves. Guards who crucified Jesus trembled with fear, knowing they had crucified the Son of God. The curtain in the temple where only the High Priest could go before God was split in half. It is needed no more, for all through Jesus can come directly to their God once more. Jesus suffered the pain of torture, crucifixion, physically dying to defeat death. Spiritually Jesus went to Hell, suffering the greatest pain that could be inflicted upon Him, rejection as a sinner by His Father. Jesus had won the battle, had redeemed us, paid the price for our sins, all the sins believers would ever commit. The great pain Christ suffered in redeeming believers, showed His love for us, glorified His Father in Heaven. Our Savior had atoned for our sins.
*Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Is 53:10-11 NIV+
*Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, Jn 17:1 NASB+
*he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. Ac 2:31 NKJV+
*But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) Eph 4:7-10 NIV+
*For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; then they that are Christ's, at his coming. 1Co 15:22-23 ASV
*In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. Jn 14:2-3 KJV
Copyright 2010 amended 2012 by Ron Borkey
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