The very time was not accidental. He died at the very time when the Passover lambs were being offered. It was even said in Exodus 12 that it would be in the afternoon, and so it on the same day and at the same hour and it is no accident. He had authority to lay it down.
Lets summarize shall we?
Let me close, now, in a prayer. Father, we thank You for Your goodness, Your grace, Your love, this inexpressible gift is beyond our ability to really comprehend, but we want to thank You again for the imperishable and infinite gift of forgiveness through this price that was paid through the blood of the sinless One, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. I pray that we would respond. I pray that if any of us don’t know Him that tonight would be the night we would come to respond to His gift and invite Him into our lives, thanking Him for the freedom and forgiveness of sins, and for coming into an intimate relationship with Him. For those of us who have done that, I pray that we might press on to a heart of gratitude and of discipleship, that we might become conformed to the image of Your Son.
We pray in His name. Amen.
1. Why didn’t Pilate free Jesus?
a) He found Jesus guilty.
b) He was afraid of the people.
c) He wanted to free Barabbas.
2. What sign did Pilate have put on the cross where Jesus was crucified?
a) Jesus of Nazareth who was guilty of treason.
b) Jesus of Nazareth who broke the Law of Moses.
c) Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.
3. What did Jesus mean when He said: “It is finished!”?
a) A new world government was now in effect.
b) The work of salvation was finished.
c) All hope for His kingdom was lost.
4. Who is to blame for Jesus’ death?
a) Only the high priests.
b) Just the Sanhedrin, Pilate, and the soldiers who crucified Him.
c) We are, with everyone else who has sinned. Our sins made Him die.
5. What should we do now?
a) We should never accuse anyone in court.
b) We should blame the people who put Jesus to death and hold it against their descendants.
c) We should be sorry for our sins and ask God to forgive us.
6. Read 1 John 1:7 and fill in the blank. “But if we are __________ as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.”
a) living in the light
b) seeking light
c) avoiding light
7. What was done with Jesus’ body?
a) Joseph and Nicodemus buried it.
b) The disciples buried it.
c) It was left on the cross.
8. Why weren’t the preparations for burial finished?
a) Jesus’ followers were afraid.
b) Jesus died just before the Sabbath began and no one could work after sundown.
c) The disciples did not have enough money to buy the materials for the burial.