Part 11 – Crucified and Risen

‘He is Guilty of Death’ painted by Vasily Polenov (1844–1927). The artist portrays the moment when Caiaphas the high priest, and the chief priests, elders and scribes gathered with him, declare Jesus to be worthy of death (Matthew 26.66, Mark 14.64)

Part 11 of the Big Journey is entitled ‘Crucified and Risen’. It’s a PDF document illustrated in full colour throughout. Click on the PDF icon below to read or download it:

Outline of contents
“ ‘this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, . . . .’ ” (Acts 2.23-24)

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5.21)

The events of the Cross and Resurrection lie at the very heart of our journey from Creation to New Creation.  Here is the great turning point of history.  As one writer puts it, “History slows down in the Gospels, until at last all history moves from action to passion, and jerks to a halt before the three hours’ silence of Jesus on his Cross”.

We review His final days before His crucifixion, His arrest and trials, and His crucifixion and resurrection and ascension to His Father’s right hand.

On the Cross Jesus bore my sin and your sin, and the sin of all mankind for all history, past, present and future.  Through His death and resurrection, Jesus paid sin’s penalty in full, and opened the way for us to be forgiven, cleansed and reconciled to God.  On the Cross He put right all the consequences of sin.  On the Cross, Jesus dealt the death blow to Satan’s dominion over mankind and secured his eternal doom – and the doom of every evil being allied to him.  Through Jesus’s death and resurrection, Jesus created a new mankind. Through His death and resurrection, Heaven and Earth will be transformed.

And the Cross vindicates God from Satan’s slander. In His life, and supremely in His death, so hideous to human eyes, Jesus glorified God (John 13.31, 17.1,4).  He has demonstrated to all Heaven’s hosts, to all humanity, and to every foul spirit in hell that God is love – and loves to the uttermost (see John 3.16).  Satan is proved to be a liar (John 8.44).

During this session, too, we also explore some of the deeper questions that surround our Saviour’s death.  What exactly happened there on the cross as our Saviour suffered for us?  We know that Jesus bore the wrath of God for us – but how can we reconcile God’s wrath with His love?  How could Jesus’s six hours of suffering on the Cross – however intense and terrible – atone for all mankind’s sin for all time?  How exactly did His death defeat Satan and deal with evil? What is the real significance of His resurrection, and why did the apostles emphasise it so much in their preaching?  And what is the importance of Jesus ascension?

Part 11 of the Big Journey is available as a 16-page PDF document illustrated in full colour throughout.  Click on the PDF icon at the top of this page to download it.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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