This passage describes the essence of God’s grace. The cross demonstrates God’s love for us.
These scriptures were written approximately 700 years before Jesus was born. They prophecy and accurately reflect Jesus life and death. It may be helpful to put the name of the person studying into Isaiah 53:4-6 to make it more personal.
This prophetic psalm was written by David centuries before Jesus’ birth. It prophesies Jesus’ death on the cross.
Jesus predicts Peter’s denial.
Jesus provides an excellent example for us when we are struggling to surrender our hearts to God’s will. He prayed until he was surrendered and then rose to face his path.
Jesus knew the horrific death he faced. He could have stopped the crucifixion, but he didn’t. Why not? He knew God’s plan was the only way to insure our salvation.
The Sanhedrin had to prove to the Roman Empire the need to put Jesus to death. They created lies to support their desires. Jesus remained righteous throughout the trial.
The pain Jesus felt was not solely physical. Despite Peter’s insistence that he would never deny Jesus (verse 35), our Lord listened to him outright deny the existence of their relationship. Jesus felt truly alone.
Peter and Judas had very different responses to their sin. Peter had godly sorrow which allowed him to repent and go on to become one of the greatest preachers of the New Testament church. Judas had worldly sorrow. He was so consumed with himself that he committed suicide and was never able to do anything great for God again.
Pilate offers the crowd the choice to set free one of the condemned men. Similar to our lives, the guilty man is set free while the sinless man is condemned to die. The very people Jesus came to serve repay him with the words, “Crucify him.”
The physical torture continues. After a severe flogging which nearly killed him, Jesus is beaten over the head while wearing a crown of thorns.
Even while enduring an excruciating death, Jesus hears the mocking from the very people for whom he is dying.
Jesus refuses a drink to dull the pain, showing us the extent of his love for us. After a number of hours of excruciating pain, Jesus dies.
Read The Medical Account of the Crucifixion
The cross demands a response from you. Your response needs to show in your life, not simply your words.