(Just a quick note before we get started. Yesterday was April fools day. Did you pull any pranks on anyone? If so tell me! I would love to read them.)
Easter: The day death died
I love that saying because it is so true. Now you are wondering, ‘how could death die’, well stick with me and you will see the answer.
Now, as you remember on Palm Sunday, Jesus came into town? This was the beginning of Jesus’ journey to the cross called His Triumphal Entry. How in the world could the people who were praising Him when He came into town, be the same people who at the end of the week, want to crucify Him? It is very simple, they were misunderstanding His coming. If you know the time period, the Jews were under the Romans and they were being oppressed. They thought that Jesus was there to save them from the Romans and be there deliverer. He was there to save them but in a whole diferent sense. He came to save them from their sins and eventual death from them.
Jesus was there all week and on Thursday of that week, He at the Last Supper with His disciples. Why is it called the Last Supper you ask? It is because it was the last supper that Jesus had on this earth in His human body before He died on the cross. At the Last Supper, Jesus was telling His disiples about how and why He was going to die on the cross.
After the Last Supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and ask for strength from His father, God. He asked that He would not have to do this but not what He wanted, but God’s will be done. After He prayed, He was taken by Roman guards to trial. (Why would Roman guards all of a sudden just grab Jesus for no reason. It was because the High Priests of the temple didn’t like Jesus because they considered Him a trouble maker. But Jesus was only showing the would the new way of love and compassion and no more sacrifices because He would be the ultimate sacrifice.) He was even betrayed by one of His own disciples named Judas.
Jesus was taken into trial and though He had done nothing wrong was condemned to death because of the lies told about Him. Before He was condemned, He was taken to a Roman governor named Pilate. Pilate knew that Jesus did nothing wrong and so He made an offer to the people. He would release Jesus or Barabas. (Barabas was a criminal who had killed people before.) Pilate of course thought that the would chose Barabas but instead the angry mob shouted, “We want Jesus, crucify Him!” Pilate, not wanting to start a riot, sentenced Jesus to death on a cross.
When Jesus was put on the cross, His hands and feet were nailed to it. Above His head was put a sign that said, “Jesus: King of the Jews”. As Jesus was dying, He prayed to His father saying, “Father forgive them because they know not what they do”. As He was on the cross, all the sin of the world was coming on Him. This is why He also yelled “Father, why have you forsaken me?!” It was because God can not be in the presence of sin and turned His back on His son. As he gave up His spirit, He yelled “It is finished!” It is finished. All that Jesus came for was finish. As He gave up His spirit, the ground shook and the sky was black. In the temple, the curtain separating the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple tore in two from the top to the bottom. This was a symbol that there was no more need for separation because, since Jesus died on the cross, we can talk to Him face to face and there is no more need for scarifies.
When Jesus died, laid Him in a tomb and placed guards in front of it. (This is because the High Priests remembered that Jesus told His disciples that He would rise again in three days. They of course didn’t believe this, but they thought that the disciples would come in and steal the body, pretending that He rose from the dead.) But on the third day, the ground shook, there was a bright light, and the guards in front of the tomb fainted and Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD! HE IS RISEN!
Now that you have heard all that, you are wondering ‘why did Jesus take my place on the cross. Because of my sin, I deserve to be there instead of Him’. The answer is simple, because He loves you so much and He doesn’t want you to perish. He wants to spend eternity with you.
I hope that all that makes sense to you. It is the story of salvation and you can read it in the Bible. It is all right there. Have a great Thursday!
This is a picture that was drawn that represents what Jesus did, so wonderfully.