THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF JESUS
1. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Mtt 27: 32- 44).
And when they had finished mocking Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put their own clothes on Him and led Him away to crucify Him. And as they went out, they came upon a man of Cyrene Simon by name, they compelled him to help Jesus carry His cross. And when they came to Golgotha (which means, place of skull or Calvary).
When they had crucified Him, they divided His garment among them by casting lots. At His head, they put charge against Him, which read “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews”. He was crucified between two robbers, one at the right and the other at the left. When He was on the cross, the passers-by, the chief priest, scribes and elders mocked Him, including the robber who was crucified with Him.
On the ninth hour (ie about 3pm) Jesus breathed His last and there was darkness all over the land. Before He breathed His last breathe, He cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, Lama Sabactani” which means, my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?.
Some strange things happened when He cried. (A) Curtain of the temple were cut into two. (B) There was darkness all over the town. (C) Tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. The women who were there at the Calvary were Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James and Salome the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
2. THE BURIAL OF JESUS CHRIST(Mtt 27:57-61)
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for permission to carry the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and covered it with a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb and rolled a great stone and cover the tomb.
The day Jesus was crucified is called “Good Friday” because it makes the redemption and salvation of mankind.