Date written: November 8th, 2003
Scripture ref: Matthew 27:33-36
TITLE: The Crucifixion of Jesus
PROPOSITION: In this lesson we will discuss how to view the crucifixion of Jesus, that it was 1) Real, 2) Personal, and 3) Sacrificial.
OBJECTIVES: Each hearer should be able to discuss how one should view the crucifixion of Jesus with others.
AIM: To impress upon each person the reality, personal nature, and sacrifice of Jesus in the crucifixion.
1. Read: Matthew 27:33-36
2. About the Text:
1) Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul record the death of Christ as a historical event.
2) There have been suggestions that Jesus was not real.
3) Some have suggested that Jesus did not really die.
4) But the texts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John have survived for nearly 2000 years.
5) What should we make of the crucifixion of Jesus?
6) How should we view it today?
3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.
DISCUSSION: The crucifixion of Jesus was ...
1. It was a real place.
1) It was outside the walls of the city (Hebrews 13:12 "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."
2) In Hebrew, Golgotha; in Latin, Calvary - the place of the skull. John 19:17; Luke 23:33.
3) It was a place of death.
2. There were real soldiers.
1) These were Roman soldiers.
2) These soldiers were trained in the art of death.
3) These soldiers mocked, spat upon, scourged and then crucified Jesus. Matthew 27:27-31
3. There were real people who saw it.
1) Matthew 27:39-43. Passers by. Chief priests. Scribes. Elders.
2) John 19:25 "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene."
4. It was a real death.
1) Matthew 27:50 "Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost."
2) John 19:33, 34 "But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water."
1. The reasons were personal.
1) Power over the people -- John 12:19 "The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him."
2) Matthew 27:18 and Mark 15:10 record it was for envy that the Jews delivered up Jesus.
3) Pilate did not want to lose his job. John 19:12 "And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar."
4) Our sins
a. 1 Cor.15:3 "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;"
b. Gal.1:4 "Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:"
c. 1 John 4:10 "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
2. The suffering was personal.
1) The spit that was spat upon him was very personal.
2) The crown of thorns was personally pushed upon his head.
3) The flog very personally came in contact with his back.
4) The nails very personally pierced his hands and his feet.
5) The six hours of torment on the cross was very personal.
3. The sacrifice was personal.
1) It was a choice that Jesus personally made.
a. John 10:18 "No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."
b. Matthew 26:53 "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"
c. We should not think that the one who had power over disease, demons, elements of the earth, and even death itself would die unless it was his own personal choice to do so.
2) It was the personal body of Jesus that was sacrificed.
a. John 1:14 says the word became flesh.
b. Hebrews 10:5-7 "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God."
c. Jesus had a body, just like you and I.
1. His was a sacrificial life.
1) He left behind everything. Phil.2:5
2) He possessed nothing. Matt.8:20
3) He dedicated everything. Matt.20:28 "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
2. His was a sacrificial death.
1) He did not deserve to die. 2 Cor.5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
2) He gave his body. Luke 22:19 "…This is my body which is given for you:…."
3) He gave his blood. Matthew 26:28 "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
3. He sacrificed all.
1) We are the beneficiaries of his sacrifice.
a. Rom.5:6 "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
b. Rom.4:25 "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."
2) Because he sacrificed all, he can ask us to sacrifice all in return.
a. Romans 12:1, 2 "I beseech ye, therefore, brethren . . . ."
b. Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ . . . ."
c. Galatians 6:14 "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."
1. What is our response to the crucifixion of Jesus?
1) To its reality?
2) To its personal nature?
3) To its sacrificial nature?
2. Everyone must respond to the crucifixion of Jesus.
1) Will you respond with apathy?
2) Will you respond with pity?
3) Will you response with praise and personal commitment?
4) If you are not a Christian this morning . . .
a. Jesus death was for you.
b. Respond to it today!
a) Hear the word; Romans 10:17 "Faith comes by hearing . . ."
b) Believe with all your heart; Hebrews 11:6 "For without faith it is impossible . . . ."
c) Repent of your sins (Acts 17:30).
d) Confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matt.16:16).
e) Be baptized for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:15,16).