The Benefits Of Jesus On The Cross?
Our Lord “Jesus Christ” died on a wooden cross in the month Nisan in A.D. 33. He was put to death because some Jewish leaders plotted to pressure Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, to put Him to death by crucifixion (Matthew 27:1, 11-20; Luke 23:13-24). The Roman soldiers had already beaten him and placed a crown of thorns on his head (John 19:1-5).
After the sentence to crucify Christ was announced (Luke 23:20-25; John 19:12-16), Jesus was forced to carry the cross on which He was to die (John 19:17-18). He had no choice when he had to carry the very tool of His death. Later it became the symbol of His death.
Jesus was taken, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. John 19:17 (NASB)
What Are The Benefits Of Jesus Dying On The Cross?
The Cross Is Symbolic of Christ’s Death
History tells us that the wooden crosses had different designs. Of what significance is the cross of Jesus Christ? The cross’s significance is not its design, construction, or purpose, but its symbolic meaning. It is the symbol of Jesus’ death. It is symbolic of the fact that Jesus died so that our sins can be forgiven.
Jesus’ death was prophesied thousands of years before.
How did He die? With a crown of thorns crushed down on His head, His hands and feet were nailed to the cross (Matthew 27:29; Mark 15:22-25; John 19:1, 18; 20:25). After hours of anguish and pain, He chose to die when He knew that all of the prophecies had been fulfilled (Matthew 27:45-50; Mark 15:33-39; Luke 23:44-47; John 10:18; 19:28-30). Subsequently, a Roman spear was thrust into His side. It was there on that cross Jesus died for your sins and mine.
That afternoon the sky turned dark (Matthew 27:45). When He died, the ground rippled with an earthquake and the bodies of some saints were resurrected (Matthew 27:50-52). Soon afterward His dead body was removed from the cross and buried in a cave.
The Cross Is Symbolic of Christ’s Resurrection
He died on a Friday and returned to life on Sunday. At the time they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead . . . Acts 13:29-30 (NASB)
Consequently, the cross today is a symbol of Jesus’ death and His resurrection. Churches of the Roman Catholics display pictures of Jesus still hanging on the cross. A reminder of His suffering for us. They have left Him on the cross, but Protestants display pictures of an empty cross as a reminder that Jesus died and returned to life.
He is not a dead Savior. He is alive!
The Almighty God of our Fore fathers resurrected Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. Acts 5:30 (NASB)
The significance of the Cross of crucifixion is a reminder of Jesus’ death and return to life. He died so that those who believe in Jesus Christ can be declared to be holy and spend eternity with God (Romans 5:1). All that God asks is that we believe in Jesus Christ and want our lives to be changed (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-11).