Facts Not Taught in Sunday School!
Facts Not Taught in Sunday School
Here are some hidden facts surrounding Jesus’ Death often overlooked. These are 1) the intended purpose of His death; 2) What happened to the soldiers guarding the tomb; 3) the righteous dead came back to life, and 4) who actually condemned Christ to death. These will help you better understand some of the events surrounding Jesus’ death.
The Jewish Leader’s Anger
Jesus had exposed and condemned the Jewish leaders’ wicked, unrighteous practices making them rich. Jesus caught them siphoning off the people’s money meant for the God’s treasury, so the angry leaders wanted revenge. They were so angry, they wanted Jesus to die in the most painful, degrading way possible, and teach his followers once and for all – HE was NOT God’s Son and they were the righteous rulers. Crucifixion was perfect because HE would be tortured for 48 hours, die with a whimper, be humiliated, while being able to blame the whole incident on the Romans.
Jesus was crucified at 9:00 a.m. but died around 3:00 p.m. – only six hours and died with a shout! That was not the revenge the Jewish leaders expected. Matt 27:45. Death was confirmed by a Roman Centurion standing by who was surprised, having seen dozens of crucifixions before, he said, “Certainly this was a righteous man.” Luke 23:44-47
The Roman Guards
Roman soldiers were put in charge of guarding HIS tomb to make certain his body wouldn’t be taken by His followers, who could invent some crazy story to continue this hoax. All knew the soldiers had to be very diligent, for if the body disappeared, they would pay with their lives! (A later example is found in Acts 12:19. But when Herod had searched for him (Peter) and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death.) HE arose anyway!
During the night when Jesus arose from the dead, the Roman detachment was knocked out. Sleeping on duty? Pilate should have punished them by death! Why weren’t they? The Jewish priests bribed them with a large sum of money to say, His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept. To cover for them, the priests said, if it comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure. Matt 27:13-14
The 2 thieves, also crucified with Jesus were saved from the slow 48-hour death. Saturday was to be a high holy day, so the Jews asked for their legs to be broken to allow suffocation, assuring quicker death. John 19:31-32 Soldiers also checked Jesus. He was already dead, but a soldier stuck a spear in Jesus’ side so blood and water came out. (Separation of water and blood in crucifixion is a sign of death – John 19:34-35.)
Did Old Testament Saints Come Back to Life?
There was a resurrection of Old Testament people when Jesus died. And the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. Matt 27:52-53
Did all the Jews rise up against Jesus? NO! Did the Romans kill Jesus? NO! It was the Jewish LEADERS (under the direction of Annas) not the Jewish people who condemned Jesus to death and forced Pontus Pilate to give the orders for the most painful, humiliating death possible! But as soon as Jesus died, Old Testament saints were seen walking around the city, having come back to life. The Roman Guards being paid off and protected by the Jewish leaders, faced no punishment.
Interesting to know, there are 322 Old Testament prophecies, Jesus’ life fulfilled? The odds of those coming true are infinitesimal! If only 25 came true that would be 1 chance in 33,554,432! More information is available at EverydayChristianFamily.com – How Evil Leadership Scammed the Jews and Got Exposed!
Question: Would you give someone – you don’t know – $50,000? Just think of all the things you’ve done wrong. Who should pay? Somebody’s got to pay! That’s why Jesus paid for everything you ever did wrong, by dying in your place! This is the Good News! Even though we don’t deserve it, God gave up His Son’s life to get us back in good standing with Him.
To get eternal life Just say Lord Jesus, I humbly accept your payment for all the horrible things I’ve done. Come into my life right now and I’ll follow you. Thank You for saving me! If you prayed that prayer AND TRULY MEANT IT, after you die, you now have eternal life in Heaven! You have a new lease on life!