Jesus Christ was born to a virgin named Mary, who God chose to give birth to His Son.
God sent His Son into this world to save us from our sins and from eternity in Hell.
During His lifetime, Jesus preached the Word of God and healed the sick; He performed many miracles and had many followers. Of His most faithful followers were His twelve disciples. It was one of these twelve disciples who betrayed Him, Judas Iscariot, for thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:14-15 / Matthew 26:47-49)
Jesus was taken before the chief priests and elders; they sought to put Jesus to death for claiming to be the Son of God.
Jesus was taken to the governor, Pontius Pilate, who in the end wanted nothing to do with Jesus’ death. Therefore, Pilate washed his hands of the matter and the people cried, “Crucify Him! His blood be on us, and on our children”. (Matthew 27:11-25)
Jesus was scourged, whipped severely with cords and whips all over His body; then a crown of thorns was shoved onto His head, a robe placed on His severely wounded back, while the soldiers mocked Him.
Jesus was then made to bear a heavy wooden cross, on which He was to be crucified. Weak from the severe beatings of the soldiers, Jesus was unable to carry the cross alone, so Simon of Cyrene bore the cross for Him.
Once upon the hill of Golgotha, Jesus was crucified; that is to say His hands and feet were nailed to the cross in severe torture.
Even through all of His torment, Jesus still loved us as He cried out to His Father, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”.
For about three hours, darkness fell over the land, and about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”.
Near the end, Jesus said, “I thirst”, and He was given drink, and then He said, “It is finished” ; He bowed His head and gave up the ghost.
It is proven that Jesus Christ gave His life for us of His own free will in John 10:17-18, when He said, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father”. This also proves how much Jesus loves us by His dying on the cross for our sins, and when He said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
But the story doesn’t end here, for our Lord is risen, and He lives today.
Because our Lord still lives, and because of the sacrifice He made for us, we can have eternal life by accepting Him as our Savior. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.
Have you accepted the Lord Jesus as your Savior today? If not, I urge you to seek His face, believe in Him, and ask Him to come into your heart. It’s never too late to accept the Lord as your Savior, but we never know when our time here on earth will end. Please…don’t wait too long; just place your hand in the Nail-Scarred Hand.
May God bless you!