Scripture: Matthew 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; Luke 123:44-49; John 19:28-37

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Jesus Dies On The Cross

Matthew 27:45-56 (KJV) 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.  46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to say, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”  47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.  48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink.  49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save Him.  50 Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.  54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.  55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him: 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.

Mark 15:33-41 (KJV) 33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is, being interpreted, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”  35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, He calleth Elias.  36 And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take Him down.  37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.  38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.  39 And when the centurion, which stood over against Him, saw that He so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.  40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 41 (Who also, when He was in Galilee, followed Him, and ministered unto Him;) and many other women which came up with Him unto Jerusalem.

Luke 23:44-49 (KJV) 44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.  46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit”: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.  47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.  48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.  49 And all His acquaintance, and the women that followed Him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

John 19:28-37 (KJV) 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, “I thirst.” 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with the vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished”: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.  31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with Him.  33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.  35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.  36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of Him shall not be broken.  37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on Him whom they pierced.

Questions:

1. What occurred between the sixth hour (noon) and ninth hour (3pm) of the day (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44)?

2. What did Jesus cry with a loud voice (Matthew 27:46a; Mark 15:34a)?

3. What is the translation of what Jesus cried (Matthew 27:46b; Mark 15:34b)?

4. Who did some of the crowd believe Jesus was calling (Matthew 27:47-49; Mark 15:35)?

5. What did John record Jesus saying that Matthew, Mark and Luke didn’t record (John 19:28)?

6. What did someone in the crowd offer Jesus (John 19:29)?

7. What did Jesus then say (John 19:30b)?

8. After Jesus cried again with a loud voice what happened (Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30c)?

9. What else happened (Matthew 27:51-52; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45)?

10. How did the centurion and those that were with him respond (Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47)?

11. Who were those who watched from a distance as Jesus was being crucified (Matthew 27:55-56; Mark 15:40-41; Luke 23:49)?

12. What did the soldiers not do to Jesus because He was already dead (John 19:31-33)?

13. What did one of the soldiers do to Jesus and what happened (John 19:34)?

14. Why was this done to Jesus (John 19:36-37)?

Answers:

1. Darkness covered all the land from the sixth to the ninth hour.

(f.y.i. the ancient Jewish tradition: noon time was always the sixth hour of the day)

2.  Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani.”

3. What Jesus cried is translated, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

4. Some believed Jesus was calling Elias (Elijah).

5. John recorded Jesus saying, “I thirst.”

6. Someone in the crowd filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to Jesus mouth.

7. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished.”

8. When Jesus once again cried out, He yielded up the ghost (He gave up His spirit).

9. The veil in the temple ripped in two from the top to the bottom, the earth quaked and the rocks split and graves were opened.

10. The centurion and those with him feared greatly and said, “Truly this man was the Son of God” and “Certainly this was a righteous man.”

11. Those watching from a distance were all His acquaintance. The women that followed Him from Galilee – Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, the mother of Zebedees children, and Salome.

12. The soldiers didn’t break Jesus’ legs because He was already dead.

13. One of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with his spear and blood and water came forth.

14. John recorded that these things were done, that the scripture (prophecy) should be fulfilled. “A bone of Him shall not be broken.” (f.y.i. Not a bone was to be broken in sacrificial lambs – Exodus 12:46; Numbers 19:12) and “They shall look on Him whom they pierced” (see Zechariah 12:10).

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 27:50-53 (KJV) 50 Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Matthew 27:50-53 (NIV) 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder these verses above.  I believe the NIV is clearer than the KJV version, so I’ve posted both.  Reading the KJV made me question whether the graves were opened and the bodies of the saints arose the day Jesus died or after Jesus’ resurrection when they went into the holy city. But the NIV makes me believe that though the bodies of many holy people were raised on the day Jesus died, they didn’t go into the holy city until the day Jesus was resurrected. How do you understand these verses? 

MEMORIZE the WORD

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished” and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. 

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Oh, how our Saviour suffered for each of us.  I know this happened over 2000 years ago but it still amazes me that someone would die for me. For the last 35 years I’ve sought Jesus’ help to live as He would have me live.  Somedays I do better than others. How about you?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

I attempt to do to others as I would have them do to me. How about you?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I thank You for Your Word that says You will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Lord, I pray we will thirst for You and Your Word (Isaiah 55:1).  Lord, I pray we will finish the race You’ve set before us (II Timothy 4:7).  Lord, I pray we will seek the Comforter (John 14:26).  Lord, I pray we will live righteous lives before You (Romans 1:17).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I hunger and thirst for God’s Word and God’s Presence.” <>< Dona