CRUCIFIXION AND BURIAL OF JESUS (MATT 27. 32-56)
SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
CLASS: SS 3
TERM: 1st TERM
TOPIC: CRUCIFIXION AND BURIAL OF JESUS (MATT 27. 32-56)
iii) Significance of Christ death and the lessons to learn.
After Jesus had been condemned to death, he was led away by soldiers to the place of his crucifixion. Due to physical exhaustion, Jesus was unable to carry his cross. A man of Cyrene, Simon whom they met on the way was compelled to carry the cross of Jesus to the place of his crucifixion called Golgotha which means the place of skill. They offered him wine mixed with gall which he tasted but refused to drink. They shared his garment away themselves by drawing lots. At about sixth hour, there was darkness over the land until the ninth hour. Jesus cried out with aloud voice “saying Eli’ Eli Lama Sabathani”!
The curtain of the temple was torn into two from top to bottom when those who were keeping watch over Jesus saw what happened, they were filled with awe, they testified that Jesus was truly the son of God.
Those who had followed Jesus from Galilee ministering to him these included many Magdalene,
Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
THE BURIAL OF JESUS Matt 27:57-61
In the evening of the day of Crucifixion a rich man, Joseph of Arimathea who was also a disciple of Jesus went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate ordered it to be given to him. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen and laid it in his own new tomb Mary Magdalene and other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulcher.
THE WORDS OF JESUS ON THE CROSS Matt 27: 46, Mark 15:34, Luke 23, 34,43,46
Jesus made seven statements on the cross, only four are found in the synoptic gospels while the other three are in the gospel of John we lay emphasis here on four that are in the syllabus .
i.’’ Eli Eli Lama Sabathani” (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34) This expression means “My God, my God why has thou forsaken me”?
ii.’’ Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 13:34)
By this statement, Jesus was praying for forgiveness for his enemies – those who betrayed him and those that mocked him and crucified him on the cross.
iii. “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:24)
By this statement, Jesus offered salvation to the repentant robber. This further shows Jesus determination to offer salvation to repentant sinner even on the cross.
Significance of Christ’s Death and the Lessons to Learn
Comprehensive Christian Religious Knowledge for SS 1-3 By Martins I. Amaechi Page 161 -168
(b)accusation (c) death (d) temptation
(c) Barnabas (d) Bartholemew
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