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The crucifixion of Jesus

THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS

After his trial, the soldiers led Jesus to be crucified. Along the road to Golgotha, they met a man of Cyrene who was called Simon. Him they compelled to carry Jesus’ cross.

At Golgotha, they offered Jesus wine mixed with gall but he did not drink it. Then they crucified him. On either sides of Jesus, two robbers were crucified along with Jesus. After that they divided him dress by casting lots. They sat down to keep watch over Jesus. An inscription was written over his head. The inscription was “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.”

Those who were passing by jested at Jesus. They said if Jesus said he was going to destroy and rebuild it in three days, then he should save himself by coming down from the cross.

The Chief Priests, Scribes and the elders also mocked Jesus. They said that if Jesus was really the son of God, then he should come down from the cross and they would believe him.

The two robbers, who were crucified with Jesus, also mocked him. One of them told Jesus to save himself and save them too.

From the sixth hour to the ninth, there was total darkness over the area. At a point, Jesus cried out saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani.” This means, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me.” When bystanders heard this, they said Jesus was calling Elijah. They decided to wait and see if Elijah was going to really come and save him. One of them dipped a sponge in vinegar, hanged it on a pole and gave it to Jesus. Jesus cried out with a loud voice and gave up his spirit.

The Centurion and the guards around were filled with shock. They said, “Truly, this was the son of God.” Mary Magdalene and the Mary, the mother of Jesus were looking on from afar and observed everything.



LESSONS CHRISTIANS CAN LEARN FROM JESUS’ WORDS ON THE CROSS
1. As Christians, problems are bound to have problems but they must persist.
2. Christians must pray for their enemies.
3. Christians must be willing to forgive others.
4. There is hope for a repentant soul.
5. Christians must always remember that there is life after death.
6. Christians must commit themselves to God in all situations.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS
1. a. Trace Matthew’s account of the crucifixion of Jesus.
   b. In which three other ways are death sentences carried out in modern days?
2. Describe the crucifixion of Jesus in Golgotha, according to Matthew.


3. a. Discuss the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
    b. What two lessons can Christians learn from Jesus’ words on the cross?

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