BIBLE LESSON: Jesus Dies on the Cross (Mark 15:25-38)

BIBLE VERSE: This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! — 2 Corinthians 5:17

BIBLE POINT: Jesus gives us new life.

To understand the timing of the events in today's passage, one simply needs to know that Jewish timekeeping was based on a daylight to dusk system. Thus, the first daylight was the first hour—for us about 6 a.m. Using this time frame, Jesus was crucified around 9 a.m. (Mark 15:25), darkness came over the earth about noon (Mark 15:33), and Jesus died at about 3 p.m. (Mark 15:34).

During Jesus' death on the cross, somehow the relationship between Jesus and the Father was broken—leaving Jesus alone against Satan and the power of death. It's interesting to note, however, that those despairing words of Jesus come from the beginning of Psalm 22, a psalm that begins with David's despair over God seeming far away and ends with the promise of victory and the proclamation of God's righteousness to future generations—like ours!

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