Easter Supper – Jesus Death

Jesus Death

After all that Jesus went through, He died. But Jesus death was not like anybody else’s death. First, we’re told that it got very dark. This wasn’t like the darkness we see when clouds block out the sun on a stormy day. It was a real darkness like night time. It may have even been so dark that people would not have been able to see their hands in front of their faces.  And, this lasted for three hours.

When Jesus death was near, He called out to God, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” That is when Jesus took all of our sin upon Himself.  At that moment, it’s like God the Father turned His back on Jesus. Nobody knows exactly what Jesus went through at that moment. It was probably the most painful thing of all that Jesus went through. Then, Jesus died.  He gave His spirit up to God. Up until that point, Jesus could still have called down angels to take Him off the cross, or made all His enemies disappear. That was not His choice. He went through this suffering all the way to the end.

All of these things – the darkness, the earthquake, and the dead people leaving their graves – made people begin to understand who Jesus really was.  Each of the people who were there were forced to really think  Jesus’ followers were very sad about how things had happened and how they had let Jesus down.  The Roman soldiers could finally see that Jesus really was the Son of God.  The people in the crowd must have been asking themselves questions when they saw all those things happen.  The religious leaders would have been shocked to see the curtain in the temple torn! What did it mean when that curtain ripped?  Before Jesus died to pay for our sins, people couldn’t come to God the same way they can now. Though God has always been everywhere, He allowed His spirit to live in a special way on the Ark of the Covenant, a golden chest that was kept in a little room inside the temple. That room was called the Holy of Holies. That big curtain was like a doorway. Once a year, a priest could go into that room and make a special sacrifice to God.  But, when Jesus died, He was the last sacrifice that would ever need to be made. So, God tore that curtain in two! It was His way of telling the religious leaders and everybody else that they could come straight to Him. They didn’t need a priest anymore. All we have to do is accept Jesus as our Savior – trust in Him because He paid for our sins.

John 19:28-37

28 Jesus, seeing that everything had been completed so that the Scripture record might also be complete, then said, “I’m thirsty.”

29-30 A jug of sour wine was standing by. Someone put a sponge soaked with the wine on a javelin and lifted it to his mouth. After he took the wine, Jesus said, “It’s done . . . complete.” Bowing his head, he offered up his spirit.

31-34 Then the Jews, since it was the day of Sabbath preparation, and so the bodies wouldn’t stay on the crosses over the Sabbath (it was a high holy day that year), petitioned Pilate that their legs be broken to speed death, and the bodies taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man crucified with Jesus, and then the other. When they got to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. One of the soldiers stabbed him in the side with his spear. Blood and water gushed out.

35 The eyewitness to these things has presented an accurate report. He saw it himself and is telling the truth so that you, also, will believe.

36-37 These things that happened confirmed the Scripture, “Not a bone in his body was broken,” and the other Scripture that reads, “They will stare at the one they pierced.”