Many people read about How Jesus died and they stop right afterward. They don’t realize the significance of his death, and even worse, they don’t understand the significance of his resurrection.
I think people have trouble believing in the resurrection of Christ because it seems very far off. However, the whole story of Jesus seems far off. Think about it:
- He Was Born From A Virgin Birth
- Jesus Was The Son Of God
- He Performed Many Miracles And Healings
- His Life Transformed The World
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in Jesus and I think when you understand How Jesus died, it can help you learn how to live. (cheesy pun intended)
How Jesus Died:
Jesus died a slow and painful death on the Cross. When one is crucified they don’t die from pain, bloodloss, or dehydration. Instead crucifixion is a form of asphyxiation.
The feet are nailed to the wood and the body has no place to stand. Every breath is gained by standing on those nails though your ankles. Your also pulling yourself up by the nails in your hands.
Eventually the body tires and it can’t breath.
This is how people die on a cross.
However, at the end of Jesus’s life, he said, “It is finished,” and the Bible says he gave up the ghost.
It’s almost like he chose to lay down his life instead of letting it be taken from him.
How Jesus Lived:
In the Bible, we have Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John describing the life of Jesus. Every story that’s written about him shows a compassionate, loving, and transforming man.
Everywhere he went there was love for people, change for people, and guidance. This guidance was to help refocus people onto the kingdom of heaven.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
This is how Jesus lived and died in a nutshell. Jesus lived and died for you, and me. He loved us too much that he came and died so we could know him. The brokenness we feel in this world is our fault. We broke our ties with God and he’s given us the ability to fix the broken link.
Jesus is that link.
I gave my life to him years ago, and I will continue to live for him.