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Final Days: Jesus' Death

Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it." Luke 9:23,24
It is inevitable that we all physically die, but then again we may also experience a sort allegorical death in other things. In following Christ we may have to die to certain relationships or to our career or hobbies, and even at times to our ministry, as John the Baptist - "He must increase but I must decease." Death is a part of the Christian life. Paul writes, "I die every day." 1Co 15:31 What can we learn from the way in which Jesus handled his death?

The 7 sayings of Jesus on the Cross:

Personalizing the Bible

Mark 15:34 "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" John 19:28 "I am thirsty." John 19:30 "It is finished."

Forgiveness

Luke 23:34 "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

Saving Faith

Luke 23:43 "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

Providing for Practical Needs

John 19:26,27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

A Willing Sacrifice

Luke 23:46 "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."
"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 10:18

Jesus gave up his spirit only after being crucified for about 6 hours, which was unusually short for a crucifixion. Mark 15:44 records Pilate being surpised that he was already dead. And the those crucified with him had to have their legs broken to speed up their death, but Jesus was already dead. Having satisfied God's demand for a sacrifice of atonement, Jesus himself gave up his life. Jesus was not simply an innocent victim, but a willing sacrifice.

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will." Rom 12:1,2

When we go through experiences of death in our lives, we need to come to the point of saying to God, "I commit this area of my life into your hands."


Verses quoted from the NIV version

The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
Jul 29,2015