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The Death Of Our Lord Jesus Christ

There they crucified him...

John 19:18

All the Gospels tell us about the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each Gospel mentions different details about the crucifixion but all of them want us to know very definitely that Jesus was put to death — the terrible, agonising death of crucifixion which followed a fearsome beating before he even got to the place of execution.

Why were the Gospel writers so determined that we should know that Jesus Christ was crucified and died? The real death of Jesus was necessary if there was to be a real resurrection of Jesus. The death of Jesus was the final act of his great work as the Saviour of sinful people. "God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Mocked by insults harsh and crude,
In my place condemned he stood;
Sealed my pardon with his blood;
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

And when the Lord Jesus was lifted up on the cross his final words were "It is finished" — the great work of salvation which he had come to do was complete as Jesus died.

But that was not the end of the story. Three days later Jesus rose from the grave, and so it is that now we worship and adore a living Saviour. What joy this gives us!

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