Growing up in a family of pastors was interesting. Every night, my father, who is a pastor, would
teach me a Bible story. One of the stories that stood out for me was the crucifixion of Jesus. At
first, I did not understand why Jesus had to die, yet he was God’s own Son. I used to think that a
better way could have been used to accomplish the results intended. Now that I am a pastor
with an extensive background in biblical studies, I understand this topic better. I, therefore, felt
the need to share my insights on this and answer the question, why was Jesus crucified?
In this article, I will discuss what the Bible says about Jesus’ crucifixion. Join me on this
exploration as we uncover the three reasons why Jesus was crucified, according to the Bible.
You will also learn what the crucifixion of Jesus symbolizes in the Bible. Read on to find out
What Does The Bible Say About Jesus’ Crucifixion?
The Bible says that Jesus was crucified with two other men. His cross was in the middle, and the other two men were on both His sides. John 19:18 says, ” There they crucified Him and with Him two other men, one on either side and Jesus in between.”
Also, Jesus carried His cross and walked up to the place where He was crucified. He was crucified at Golgotha, a place that means skull. John 19: 17 says, ” They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.” Golgotha was right outside the city wall
The people who were crucified along with Jesus were criminals, as written in Luke 23:33. “When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.”
Jesus was mocked as he was getting crucified. They called Him the King of Jews while crucifying Him. In Matthew 27:37, it is written that “And above His head, they put up the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
At His crucifixion, an earthquake occurred, probing his crucifies to agree that Jesus was the Son of God. Matthew 27:54 says, “Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Jesus was crucified during the third hour. It is written in Mark 15:25, “It was the third hour when they crucified Him.”
Things that happened during the event of crucifixion made the Centurion praise God. Luke 23:47 “Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.”
Initially, the soldiers who crucified Jesus and the other two men wanted to break the legs of all three. They broke the legs of the criminals, but when they got to Jesus, his soul had already departed his body. It is written in the book of John 19: 32-33 that ” So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”
The Pilate wrote an inscription and put it above Jesus’s head. It is evidenced in John 19:19 ” Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
After he was crucified, the soldiers took his clothes to share among themselves. Mark 15:24 says, “And they *crucified Him, and *divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each man should take.” They only shared his outer garments. The soldiers divided the garments into four pieces so that each got a piece, but the tunic remained whole. John 19:23 ” Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.”
Jesus was nailed to the cross. Nails went through his hands and legs. It is evidenced in John 20:25, “So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” Also, the Bible says that the wounds of his crucifixion forgave the human race. In 1st Peter 2:24, it is written, “ He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds, you have been healed.” However, at his crucifixion, people considered it as a punishment from God, for they thought he was not the Son of God until strange things happened. Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”
Jesus was crucified by Gentiles. The teachers of the Law and the chief priests judged him but handed him to the Gentiles. In Matthew 20:18-19 it is written that “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the Law. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified. On the third day, he will be raised to life!” Therefore Jesus’s destiny did not end at His crucifixion, and he rose from the dead.
Three Reasons Why Jesus Was Crucified According To The Bible
Evil and Jealous Human Beings
Jesus was crucified because the human race is evil, and the major fact is that God is good. The first reason is that humans are evil because they ganged up against Jesus, falsely accused him, and killed Him. Those who judged and crucified Jesus Christ had reasons that stemmed from their jealousy and insecurity.
In Matthew 27:18, it is written that “He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.” The leaders were insecure about their position because Jesus was gaining a lot of followership, and they thought He would outdo them. In John 11:48, it is written, “If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation” In addition, the leaders who pushed forward with His crucifixion were uncomfortable with how Jesus condemned their sinful nature in the public as written in Matthew 23.
Also, some of them could not believe that Jesus could be the Son of God and said that He was blasphemous. It is written in Luke 22:66-71 that “At daybreak, the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the Law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “Tell us. “Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”
Jesus was crucified to save sinners
Secondly, He was crucified for the salvation of sinners. God had to take the human form to save sinners because sinners could not possibly save themselves. Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us.” Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world, there is no one else whom God has given who can save us.”
Also, he came to redeem sinners, as written in Mark 10:45 ” For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.”
Jesus was crucified to reconcile Human Beings with God
Lastly, His crucifixion reconciled the human race with God. Colossians 1:20 “Through the Son, God, decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son’s blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.”
It was a way to fulfill the Law
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” Jesus fulfilled the Law by making sure prophecies about him come to pass, including the prophecy of his death that will bring forgiveness of mankind.
What Does The Crucifixion Of Jesus Symbolize In The Bible?
It symbolizes the defeat of the devil
The crucifixion of Jesus symbolizes the devil’s defeat, and the devil’s being rendered powerless. In John 12:30-32, it is written that “Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now, the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” In talking about His death, Jesus hints that his crucifixion will drive out the ruler of the world. In this case, the ruler of the world refers to the devil and being driven out means he is defeated.
It symbolizes God’s Love for the Human Race
The crucifixion symbolizes God’s love for the human race. The book of Romans 5:6-8, it is written, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person, someone might dare to die? But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” The death of Christ created a direct connection of human beings with God because he loves them.
It symbolized the end of sacrifices
In John 19:30, it is written, “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” When Jesus said this phrase on the cross, he meant there would be no need for more sacrifice. He was the final human sacrifice and finished it all for humankind.
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