The Death of Jesus

W. Terry Varner
June 29, 2014

It is interesting that the life of Jesus lived on Earth did not have the greatest effect on the lives of many men. A few choice souls followed Him, but the majority of the people refused to do so. After His ascension, 120 waited in Jerusalem as commanded. His sinless life served as a rebuke to man. His unselfishness showed their selfishness. His mighty works incensed many with jealousy so much that at His trial, they cried “away with this Man” (Luke 23:18).

Man has placed himself in a horrible position with God because of sin and his inability to offer an acceptable sacrifice. When we turn our backs on Jesus we are pronouncing our doom. Jesus brings to us everything good. Why should we live by the standards of the world when God offers us heavenly food? In Jesus there is hope for man in sin. As the rising Artie Sun, after six months of darkness, brings hope to the people of the northland, so the coming of Jesus brings sunshine and hope to the lost and darkened world.

The Death of Jesus Was God’s Plan. On an early Friday morning a sad procession moved outside the walls of Jerusalem to Calvary. It the midst of the rowdy crowd was the spotless Son of God. The night before, He had prayed “not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39). A mob seized Him and rushed Him from court to court. He had no sleep. He was insulted, beaten, spit upon, humiliated, and finally, the Governor Pilate said, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him” (John 19:6). This was all in harmony with God’s will. God planned and promised the death of Jesus for the sins of man (cf. 1 Peter 1:20; Gen. 3:15; Isa. 53). Centuries passed, but eventually the promises were fulfilled as God planned.

The Death of Jesus Was for Your and My Sin. Sin demands a sacrifice. Jesus had a mission when He came to earth. The mission was to handle man’s sin problem. He was that sacrifice. “For He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us [vicarious sacrifice], that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus defeated sin and death in His death on Calvary.

The story is told of a bee entering the room where a small child and her mother were sitting. The little child was afraid of the bee, so the mother sought to kill it. The bee lighted on the mother’s arm and stung her. The mother said to her child, “Do not be afraid, he cannot harm you now. He has lost his sting.” Jesus suffered the sting of sin for us in His own body. Jesus tasted death for every man (cf. Heb. 2:9). Death now has lost its venom. The Christian cleansed of sin by the blood of Jesus never has to fear death again (cf. 1 Cor. 15:55-57).

The Death of Jesus Finished Man’s Problem. We have already said in the above paragraph that Jesus tasted death for every man (cf. Heb. 2:9). Not too many hours after Jesus hung on the cross, the sun hid its face and the world was left in darkness for three hours. Creation hid when Christ died for the sins of man. Great physical, mental, and spiritual suffering is evident in His cry, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46). Jesus had always enjoyed unbroken fellowship with the Father, but because He bore our sins the pure eyes of God turned from Him. His last words on Earth were: “It is finished” (John 19:30). His earthly mission was over. Sinners can come from the north, east, south, and west and find pardon. Have you come to Jesus?