Roles Cross Crucifixion Agony Ignominy
Roles Cross Has anyone believed us or seen the mighty power of the Lord in action? Like a young plant or a root that sprouts in dry ground, the servant grew up obeying the Lord. He wasnt some handsome king. Nothing about the way he looked made him attractive to us.
He was hated and rejected;
his life was filled with sorrow and terrible suffering. No one wanted to look at him. We despised him and said, He is a nobody! He suffered and endured great pain for us, but we thought his suffering was punishment from God. He was wounded and crushed because of our sins;
by taking our punishment,
he made us completely well. All of us were like sheep that had wandered off. We had each gone our own way, but the Lord gave him the punishment we deserved. He was painfully abused, but he did not complain.
He was silent like a lamb being led to the butcher, as quiet as a sheep having its wool cut off. He was condemned to death without a fair trial. Who could have imagined what would happen to him? His life was taken away because of the sinful things my people had done He wasnt dishonest or violent, but he was buried in a tomb of cruel and rich people.
The Lord decided his servant would suffer as a sacrifice to take away the sin and guilt of others.
Now the servant will live to see
his own descendants. He did everything the Lord had planned. Roles cross By suffering, the servant will learn the true meaning of obeying the Lord. Although he is innocent, he will take the punishment for the sins of others, so that many of them will no longer be guilty. The Lord will reward him with honor and power for sacrificing his life. Roles cross Others thought he was a sinner, but he
suffered for our sins and asked God to forgive us. Isaiah 53:1-12
Who is this coming from Bozrah in Edom with clothes stained red? Who is this hero marching in his glorious uniform? Its me, the Lord! I have won the battle, and I can save you! Isaiah 63:1
Disciples could not understand,
Jesus left with his disciples and started through Galilee.
He did not want anyone to know about it, because he was teaching the disciples that the Son of Man would be handed over to people who would kill him. But three days later he would rise to life.
The disciples did not understand
what Jesus meant, and they were afraid to ask. Mark 9:30-32 Pay close attention to what I am telling you! The Son of Man will be handed over to his enemies. But the disciples did not know what he meant. Roles cross The meaning was hidden from them. They could not understand it, and they were afraid to ask. Luke 9:44-45
Jesus foretold death, resurrection,
The disciples were confused as Jesus led them toward Jerusalem, and his other followers were afraid. Once again, Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and told them what was going to happen to him. He said: We are now on our way to Jerusalem where the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses. They will sentence him
to death and hand him over to foreigners, who will make fun of him and spit on him. They will beat him and kill him. But three days later he will rise to life. Mark 10:32-34 Roles cross
Jesus then told them this story: A farmer once planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it and dug a pit to crush the grapes in. He also built a lookout tower. Then he rented out his vineyard and left the country. When it was harvest time, he sent a servant to get his share of the grapes. The renters grabbed the servant. They beat him up and sent him away without a
thing. The owner sent another servant, but the renters beat him on the head and insulted him terribly. Then the man sent another servant, and they killed him. He kept sending servant after servant. They beat some of them and killed others.
The owner had a son he loved very much. Finally, he sent his son to the renters because he thought they would respect him. But they said to themselves, Someday he will own this vineyard. Lets kill him! That way we can have it all for ourselves. So they grabbed the owners son and killed him. Then they threw his body out of the vineyard. Roles cross
What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do? He will come and kill those renters and let someone else have his vineyard. You surely know that the Scriptures say, The stone that the builders tossed aside is now the most important stone of all. This is something the Lord has done, and it is amazing to us. The leaders knew that Jesus was really
talking about them, and they wanted to arrest him. But because they were afraid of the crowd, they let him alone and left. Mark 12:1-12
Weight of sin, not cross, killed Jesus,
About noon the sky turned dark and stayed that way until around three oclock. Roles cross Then about that time Jesus shouted, Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? which means, My God, my God, why have you deserted me? Some of the people standing there heard Jesus and said, He is calling for Elijah. One of them ran and grabbed a sponge.
After he had soaked it in wine, he put it on a stick and held it up to Jesus. He said, Lets wait and see if Elijah will come and take him down! Jesus shouted and then died. Mark 15:33-37 Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead, and he called in the army officer to find out if Jesus had been dead very long. Mark 15:44
Jesus could not die until time had come,
When the people in the meeting place heard Jesus say this, they became so angry that they got up and threw him out of town. Roles cross They dragged him to the edge of the cliff on which the town was built, because they wanted to throw him down from there. But Jesus slipped through the crowd and got away. Luke 4:28-30
Jesus willingly lay down His life,
The Father loves me, because I give up my life, so that I may receive it back again. No one takes my life from me. I give it up willingly! I have the power to give it up and the power to receive it back again, just as my Father commanded me to do. John 10:17-18 Prior to Cross, Jesus saw resurrected Lazarus, Six days before Passover Jesus went back to
Bethany, where he had raised Lazarus from death. Roles cross A meal had been prepared for Jesus. Martha was doing the serving, and Lazarus himself was there.
Mary took a very expensive bottle of perfume
and poured it on Jesus feet. She wiped them with her hair, and the sweet smell of the perfume filled the house. A disciple named Judas Iscariot was there. Roles cross He was the one who was going to betray Jesus, and he asked, Why wasnt this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor? Judas did not really care about the poor.
He asked this because he carried the moneybag
and sometimes would steal from it. Jesus replied, Leave her alone! She has kept this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor with you, but you wont always have me. A lot of people came when they heard that Jesus was there. They also wanted to see Lazarus, because Jesus had raised him from death. So the chief priests made
plans to kill Lazarus. John 12:1-10 A man by the name of Lazarus was sick in the village of Bethany. Roles cross He had two sisters, Mary and Martha.
This was the same Mary
who later poured perfume on the Lords head and wiped his feet with her hair. The sisters sent a message to the Lord and told him that his good friend Lazarus was sick. When Jesus heard this, he said, His sickness wont end in death. It will bring glory to God and his Son. Jesus loved Martha and her sister and brother. Roles cross But he stayed
where he was for two more days. Then he said to his disciples, Now we will go back to Judea. Teacher, they said, the people there want to stone you to death! Why do you want to go back? Jesus answered, Arent there twelve hours in each day? If you walk during the day, you will have light from the sun, and you wont
stumble. But if you walk during the night, you will stumble, because you dont have any light.
Then he told them, Our friend Lazarus is asleep, and I am going there to wake him up. They replied,
Lord, if he is asleep, he will get better.
Jesus really meant that Lazarus was dead, but they thought he was talking only about sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead! I am glad that I wasnt there, because now you will have a chance to put your faith in me. Lets go to him. Thomas,
whose nickname was Twin,
said to the other disciples, Come on. Lets go, so we can die with him. When Jesus got to Bethany, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Roles cross Bethany was only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many people had come from the city to comfort Martha and Mary because their brother had died. When Martha heard that Jesus had arrived, she went out to
meet him, but Mary stayed in the house Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Roles cross Yet even now I know that God will do anything you ask. Jesus told her, Your brother will live again!
I know that he will be raised to life on the last day, when all the dead are raised. Jesus then said, I am the one who raises the dead to life! Everyone who has faith in me will live, even if they die. And everyone who lives because of faith in me will never really die. Do you believe this? Yes, Lord! she replied. I believe that you are Christ,
the Son of God. You are the one we hoped would come into the world.
After Martha said this, she went and privately said to her sister Mary, The Teacher is here, and he wants to see you. As soon as Mary heard this, she got up and went out to Jesus.
He was still outside
the village where Martha had gone to meet him. Roles cross Many people had come to comfort Mary, and when they saw her quickly leave the house, they thought she was going out to the tomb to cry.
followed her. Mary went to where Jesus was. Then as soon as she saw him, she knelt at his feet and said, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. When Jesus saw that Mary and the people with her were crying, he was terribly upset and asked, Where have you put his body? They replied, Lord, come
and you will see. Jesus started crying, and the people said,
See how much he loved Lazarus. Some of them said,
He gives sight to the blind. Why couldnt he have kept Lazarus from dying? Jesus was still terribly upset. So he went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone rolled against the entrance. Then he told the people to roll the stone away. Roles cross But Martha said, Lord, you know that Lazarus has been dead four days, and there will be a bad smell. Jesus
replied, Didnt I tell you that if you had faith, you would see the glory of God? After the stone had been rolled aside, Jesus looked up toward heaven and prayed, Father, I thank you for answering my prayer. I know that you always answer my prayers. But I said this, so that the people here would believe that you sent me. When
Jesus had finished praying, he shouted, Lazarus, come out! The man who had been dead came out.
His hands and feet were wrapped with strips of burial cloth, and a cloth covered his face. Jesus then told the people, Untie him and let him go. John 11:1-44
Jews had no right to crucify,
It was early in the morning when Jesus was taken from Caiaphas to the building where the Roman governor stayed. But the crowd waited outside. Roles cross Any of them who had gone inside would have become unclean and would not be allowed to eat the Passover meal. Pilate came out and asked,
What charges are you bringing against this man?
They answered, He is a criminal! Thats why we brought him to you. Pilate told them, Take him and judge him by your own laws. The crowd replied, We are not allowed to put anyone to death. And so what Jesus said about his death would soon come true. John 18:28-32 Gods perfect timing in Christ, Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. Romans 5:6
Setting free from power of sin,
If you belong to Christ Jesus, you wont be punished. Roles cross The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death. The Law of Moses cannot do this, because our selfish desires make the Law weak. But God set you free when he sent his own Son to be like us sinners and to be a sacrifice for our sin. God used Christs body to condemn
He did this, so that we would do what the Law commands by obeying the Spirit instead of our own desires. Romans 8:1-4
Jesus took penalty for all,
What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels. Because of Gods wonderful kindness, Jesus died for everyone. Roles cross And now that Jesus has suffered and died, he is crowned with glory and honor! Hebrews 2:9
First covenant validated with blood,
Blood was also used to put the first agreement into effect. Moses told the people all that the Law said they must do. Then he used red wool and a hyssop plant to sprinkle the people and the book of the Law with the blood of bulls and goats and with water. He told the people, With this blood God makes his agreement with you. Moses also sprinkled blood on the tent and
on everything else that was used in worship. Roles cross The Law says that almost everything must be sprinkled with blood, and no sins can be forgiven unless blood is offered. Hebrews 9:18-22
Willing to suffer with Christ,
After the high priest offers the blood of animals as a sin offering, the bodies of those animals are burned outside the camp. Jesus himself suffered outside the city gate, so that his blood would make people holy. Roles cross Thats why we should go outside the camp to Jesus and share in his disgrace. On this earth we dont have a city that lasts forever, but we are
waiting for such a city. Hebrews 13:11-14
Vision of resurrected Christ,
When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead person. But he put his right hand on me and said: Dont be afraid! I am the first, the last, and the living one. I died, but now I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys to death and the world of the dead. Revelation 1:17-18
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