Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Senior Secondary School 3







  1. MartinsI.Amaechi – Comprehensive Religious Knowledge for Senior Secondary Schools for SS1, SS2 and SS3
  2. A. A. AdeyinkaEtal – Christian Religious Knowledge for Secondary Schools Book 2
  3. The Holy Bible R. S. V.
  4. E. J. Uzoh – Students key points at a glance – Christian Religious Knowledge – Allen Senior Secondary Series
  5. WASSCE 1988 – 2017 – Christian Religious Knowledge 3. A. J. U. Obinna.









  1. i) The Burial of Jesus Matt 27:57-61
  2. ii) The Words of Jesus on the cross

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.



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.



  1. Summarize the account of the death of Jesus, pointing out its significance.
  2. Trace Matthew’s account of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.


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.

  1. “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46) Jesus made this statement when he was about to field up his spirit.



  1. Mention three words of Jesus on the cross.
  2. Examine the comment of Jesus on the cross.


Significance of Christ’s Death and the Lessons to Learn

  1. We should forgive those who wrong us even as Jesus forgave his fortues and those who killed him.
  1. Everyone like the robber who was crucified with Jesus.
  2. The tearing of the temple curtain symbolized that unlike in the past Jesus death guaranteed believers straight access to God. No more sacrifices.
  3. Jesus words on the cross signify that his death was within God’s plan to save mankind.



  1. List Jesus seven words on the cross.
  2. Summarize the account of Jesus trial before Caiaphas, Pilate and Herod?
  3. Mention four ways that God leads people.
  4. Narrate the crossing of the Red Sea event.
  5. How did Paul differentiate between Law and Grace?



Comprehensive Christian Religious Knowledge for SS 1-3 By Martins I. Amaechi Page 161 -168



  1. “My Father if it be possible, let this cup pass from me” Cup as used  here stands for (a) Trial

(b)accusation (c) death (d) temptation

  1. During the trial of Jesus, the Jews preferred that Pilate should release (a) Bar-Jesus (b) Barabbars

(c) Barnabas (d) Bartholemew

  1. All the following were the words of Jesus on the cross except (a)My father if it be possible let this cup pass from  me (b)Today you will be with me in paradise (c) Father forgive them for they know not what they do (d) My God, my god why has thou forsaken me
  2. Jesus surrendered to his enemies when he was arrested at Gethsemane because(a) his disciples did not support him (b)he did not invite angels to fight for him (c)he was over powered by his enemies (d) The scripture must be fulfilled.
  3. At Jesus death, the temple curtain tore into two, Signifying that (a)Jesus fulfilled the old testament (b) believers could have direct access to God (c) Jesus was a Priest (d) God did not support his death.



  1. List Jesus seven words on the cross.
  2. Summarize the account of the death of Jesus, pointing out its significance.

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