BIBLE LESSON: Jesus Is Crucified (Matthew 27:32-60)

BIBLE VERSE: But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. — Romans 5:8 NLT

BIBLE POINT: God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sin.

After betraying his Lord to the Jewish authorities who were out to get Jesus, Judas hanged himself in remorse. Three times Peter denied even knowing Jesus at a farce of a trial. And then Jesus was flogged almost to death, mocked, and forced to carry his own cross toward the site of his crucifixion. At Golgotha, Jesus was nailed to a cross to die between two thieves as a common criminal. A sign was placed above his head that mocked who he claimed to be. And the mocking continued until he died.

What happened at the moment of Jesus' death confirmed who Jesus really was (Matthew 27:50-54). The splitting of the curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in the Temple had deep significance. Not only was it a dramatic supernatural event, but it also symbolized what Jesus had done in his death on the cross. The high priest entered into the Most Holy Place once a year to offer sacrifices for the sins of the people (Hebrews 9:7). That was the only time he could enter into God's presence. In taking our sins upon himself and dying for those sins, Jesus the innocent Son of God, opened the way for us to have a direct relationship with God (Hebrews 10:19-20).

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