Easter Bible Study Lessons from Matthew 27:32-45
We like to focus on the resurrection which is the basis of our belief and faith but we also have to go through the unpleasant task of hearing how Jesus was tried and convicted.
He was then led to the cross to be crucified, for us.
We will never feel the pain and anguish He endured before dying and rising again on the third day but we reap the benefits of what he did through forgiven sins and the promise of eternal life.
Easter – Jesus is Crucified on the Cross
As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.
And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull, they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.
And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.
And sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.
And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,
“He saved others; He cannot save Himself He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.
“HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”
The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. – Matthew 27:32-45
The Crucifixion of Christ
We sometimes mention the crucifixion of Jesus almost as a footnote in the history of the Bible but it was anything but.
How Jesus Died on the Cross
Being crucified was one of the most humiliating and torturous deaths a person could face.
The Romans had perfected it so that the person would suffer long hours before finally giving up their lives.
The cross was not meant to kill a person through the pain of nails through the hands and feet (in actuality, they were mostly driven through the wrists).
Crucifixion was done by placing a base which was at an angle so that the feet were placed on it to support the body.
The arms were outstretched and tied so that air was constricted entering the lungs making it very difficult to breathe.
This forced the condemned person to push upward with the feet to get a breath of air.
Then, the pain from the spikes would be unbearable so they would let go until the next breath.
The person would finally die from suffocation and exposure after they lacked the strength to push up with their feet and legs.
Why We Need to Know
I really hesitate here. I don’t like writing this at all but I feel people (including myself) need to understand the death our Savior took on for us.
Other lessons are here for the reading but the fact that Jesus was willing to come from heaven – a perfect and joyful place, live among us as a mortal man, die for us on the cross so that we might be forgiven from sin is enough for me.
Have you asked Christ into your heart? If you have, did you thank Him today for what He did?
Love in Christ
If you have never made the decision to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 to learn more.