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The Importance of the Death of Jesus

So many in the world today place too much emphasis on the birth of Christ that they fail to see the Bible teaches us that we are to remember His death.  This lesson will help to properly apply what we are to remember about Jesus and when.

I.  The accounts of the death of Christ 

A.  Matthew 26:47-27:56, Mark 14:43-15:41, Luke 22:47-23:49, and John 18:1-19:37.
1.  Some things revealed in Mark, Luke, and John not recorded in Matthew’s account that add some detail to the death of Christ:
a.  Mark 14:51-52 the young man that fled naked.
b.  Mark 14:56-59 many of the witnesses that were false were not in agreement.
c.  Mark 14:71 Peter cursing at his remembrance of the Lord telling him he would deny the Lord.
d.  Mark 15:7 Barabbas was a murder.
e.  Mark 15:16 the place the soldiers mocked Jesus was a hall called Praetorium (the residence of the commander).
f.  Mark 15:25 it was the third hour of the day.
g.  Mark 15:28 reveals that it was prophesied he would be numbered with the transgressors (thieves on the cross) Isaiah 53:12.
h.  Luke 22:51 Jesus put the servant that had his ear cut off back on.
i.  Luke 23:7-12 Pilate sent Jesus to Herod only to get Jesus back.
j.  Luke 23:27-31 Jesus converses with the great company following Him.
k.  Luke 23:34 Jesus shows mercy
l.  Luke 23:39-43 Jesus conversed with the thief on the cross.
m.  John 18:10-11 the record reveals it was Peter that cut off the servants ear and the record reveals that this was an attempt to impede Jesus’ duty to die on the Cross.
n.  John 18:19-24 Jesus was questioned of His doctrine.
o.  John 18:36-37 Jesus answers Pilate with His Kingdom not being of this world…
p.  John 19:26-27 Jesus addresses Mary
q.  John 19:31-37 The piercing of the side of Jesus and why.
II.  The death of Christ saved souls
A.  Christ died for our sins I Corinthians 15:3 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.”
B.  Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins Hebrews 9:22-28.
1.  His blood was shed for the remission of sins Matthew 26:28
a.  Sinners receive the remission of sins in baptism Acts 2:38.
b.  His blood washes away our sins Revelation 1:5 – our sins are washed in baptism Acts 22:16.
C.  Romans 5:6-9 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  7. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  8. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
III.  The death of Christ is what we are told to remember
A.  In the Lord’s Supper I Corinthians 11:23-26 
B.  Bible Authority applied properly shows us that we cannot add or take from God’s word (Revelation 22:18-19 & Deuteronomy 4:2). 
1.  Example: today many observe Christmas and the birth of Christ.  However, Christ does not tell us to do so.  
a.  It is His authority we need for all things Colossians 3:17.
IV.  The question of the Season (December) – When should we remember Christ?
A.  The first day of the week Acts 20:7
B.  We are not supposed to be caught up in religious traditions made by men Galatians 4:9-11 “9. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?  10. Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.  11. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.”
Our Lord placed such an important command on us to remember His death.  That is His will.  Man’s doctrine teaches otherwise and of course we are not to obey that (Acts 5:29)!

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