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                                                   BIBLE STUDY - THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS.

Jesus said in John 12:32, "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself". What did Jesus mean? The answer is in the next verse; 33, 'This He said, signifying by what death He would die'. So Jesus was saying that the cross on Calvary would lift Him up from the earth. Jesus foresaw the millions of people who would flock to Him when He had been crucified as the universal Saviour, meeting all needs of all mankind, and so He said these words.

If we preach Jesus Christ crucified and the power in His atoning blood, we will draw men unto Him. A theology without a crucified Saviour, and without the blood of Jesus Christ will not draw true believers. It will never be able to meet the need. When Jesus died on the cross He crossed the barrier between Jews and all those that live on the earth. So we see that Jesus died lifted on a cross that everyone could see. He died for all nations of this earth. This is why Christianity is a universal religion.

Jesus has drawn all men unto Himself. Not to a set of laws as in the Old Testament but to a Person, Himself. Jesus Christ lifted up on the cross has redeemed us from the curse of the law by 'becoming a curse for us', Galatians 3. Any preacher that teaches anything under the law is not from God, he might preach Jesus Christ but is not in the plan of God. We must obey God not man. Any preacher that is not in the plan of God knows exactly what I said here. They know that God does not do supernatural things through them. Just think of all the people that they have led astray. The church or denomination cannot save; a system cannot save only Jesus and Him alone who died for everyone - those who will accept Him.

WHY THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH DRAWS ALL TO HIMSELF:

First of all, Jesus crucified draws all men to Himself because He is the deepest, greatest and most fundamental need of man. A Saviour. A Saviour from what? A Saviour from the guilt of sin. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The Bible teaches if we accept and confess Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour we are justified in God's eyes. All our sins are then washed away and thrown in the deepest see and God will never go fishing there, - ever. But if we do not accept Jesus Christ everything will be uncovered one day. So those with a lot of bad things in your life, be warned.

IT WAS CHRIST'S LOVE AND NOT THE NAILS THAT KEPT HIM ON THE CROSS:

Jesus Christ died for us on the cross because of His wonderful love and the wondrous love of God the Father for us. We all know John 3:16. The Prophet Isaiah wrote these words 700 BC; "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed", Isaiah 53:5. Take this verse and were it says 'our' change it to 'my', - how wonderful.

WHO CRUCIFIED JESUS?

The Bible teaches us that the law of the Jews at that time did not have the authority to give the death penalty to a person, John 18:31. That is why the Jewish leaders used the Roman laws to judge and rule the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The problem is that the Roman law did not find any quilt in Christ. The Jewish leaders insisted they wanted Him crucified. God had sent Jesus to the Jewish people but they did not accept Him. That shows us how far they have wandered away from the living God. So they had the Roman soldiers to crucify Jesus Christ. The soldiers drove nails through His hands and feet. When the soldiers crucified Jesus He said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do", Luke 23:34.

WHO BURIED JESUS AFTER HIS BODY DIED ON THE CROSS?

We Read in John 19:38 - 42, 'After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus, and Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury'. So, Jesus had a Jewish funeral. Note that Nicodemus, of John 3:1 and John 7:50 became a disciple of Jesus.

WHAT DID JESUS DO WHEN HIS BODY WAS IN THE GRAVE?

The Bible teaches that he went to set the captives free. He went to preach to the spirits in prison. We read in 1 Peter 3:18 - 22, 'For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom He also went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water". See also 1 Peter 4:6, 'For this reason the gospel was preached to the dead'.

What happened to them after that Jesus Christ preached to them? Matthew 27:50 - 53, 'Jesus, when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many'. Note that after the resurrection of Jesus they came out of the graves. There are many more Scriptures to prove that no person from Adam and Eve will one day have an excuse if they have to stand before the living God to give account for what they did.

                                                                Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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