For what purpose did
Christ come into the world?
This is a trustworthy
saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ came
into the world to save sinners of
whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy
What constrained God to
give His Son to die for man?
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. (See 1 John 4:9,10; Romans 5:8.)
What did the prophet say
Christ would be called to endure?
He was oppressed
and affected, yet he did not open his
mouth; he was led like a lamb to slaughter, and
as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he
did not open his mouth. By oppression and
judgment he was taken away. And who can speak for
his descendants? He was cut off from the land
of the living; for the transgression of my
people he was stricken. Isaiah 53: 7,8.
Did Christ know
beforehand the treatment He was to receive?
Jesus took the twelve aside
and told them. We are going up to
Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the
prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.
He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will
mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and
kill him. On the third day he will rise again.
Agony in the Garden
How heavy was the burden
that rested on His soul on the night of His
He took Peter and the two
sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to
be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, My
soul is overwhelmed
with sorrow to the point of death.
Stay here and keep watch with me. Matthew
26: 37, 38.
What prayer of Christ
shows that the redemption of a lost world
trembled in the balance in that terrible hour?
Going a little farther, he
fell on his face to the ground and prayed, My
Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken
from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.
How great was the agony of His
And being in anguish,
he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like
drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke
After He had prayed this
remarkable prayer three times, what occurred?
While he was still speaking
a crowd came up, and the man who was called
Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He
approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked
him. Judas, are you betraying the Son
of Man with a kiss? Verse
Before Priests and Council
To what place was Christ
Then seizing him, they
led him away and took him into the house of
the high priest. Peter followed at a
distance. Verse 54.
While at the high priests
house, how did Peter deny Him?
Peter replied, Man,
I dont know what you are talking about!
Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The
Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then
Peter remembered the words the Lord had spoken to
him. Before the rooster crows today, you
will disown me three times. And he went
outside and wept bitterly. Verse 59-61.
To what insults was Christ
subjected at the house of the high priest?
The men who were guarding
Jesus began mocking and beating him. They
blindfolded him and demanded, Prophesy! Who
hit you? Verse 63, 64.
Where was Christ next taken?
At daybreak the
council of the elders of the people, both the
chief priests and the teachers of the law, met
together, and Jesus was led before them.
What admission did they secure
from Him as the basis of condemning Him?
They all asked, Are
you the Son of God? He replied, You
are right in saying I am. Then
they said, Why do we need any more
testimony We have heard it from his own
lips. Verses 70, 71.
To Pilate and Herod
What was the next step in
their plan to secure lawful authority to carry
out their unlawful purpose?
And the whole assembly
rose and led him off to Pilate. Luke
When Pilate desired Christ
released, how did they remonstrate?
But they insisted,
He stirs up the people all over
Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and
has come all the way here. Luke 23:5.
Note This has ever
been a favorite accusation of the enemies of
truth against the work of the true reformers. The
Romans at this very time had a law forbidding the
teaching of a new religion whereby the
minds of men may be disturbed.
When Pilate heard that Christ
was from Galilee, what did he do?
When he learned that
Jesus was under Herods jurisdiction, he
sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem
at that time. Verse 7.
Who appeared to accuse Christ
The chief priests
and the teachers of the law were standing
there, vehemently accusing him. Verse 10.
To what indignities did Herod
subject the Savior?
Then Herod and his
soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him
in an elegant robe, they sent him back to
Pilate. Verse 11.
What did Pilate propose to do
when Christ was again brought before him?
For the third time he
spoke to them: Why? What crime has this man
committed? I have found in him no grounds for the
death penalty. Therefore I will have him
punished and then release him. Verse
Instead of consenting to His
release, what did Christs accusers now
But with loud shouts they
insistently demanded that he be crucified,
and their shouts prevailed. Verse 23.
Although Pilate had
declared his belief in Christs innocence,
yet what cruel punishment did he inflict upon
And then they
twisted together a crown of thorns and sat it
upon his head. They put a staff in his right
hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him.
Hail, king of the Jews! they said. They
spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on
the head again and again. Matthew 27:
After he had been brought
to the place of crucifixion, what drink was
There they offered
Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but
after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
In what prayer for those
who crucified Him did Christ manifest the true
spirit of the gospel love for sinners?
Jesus said, Father
forgive them, for they do not know what they are
doing. Luke 3:34.
With what words did the chief
priests and others mock Jesus while on the cross?
In the same way the
chief priests, the teachers of the law and the
elders mocked him. He saved others,
they said, but he cant save himself!
Hes the King of Israel! Let him come down
from the cross, and we will believe in him
Matthew 27: 41,42. .
Note In their
blindness they could not see that Christ could
not save others and save Himself at the same
As He cried out in
agony on the cross, and said, I thirst,
what was given Him?
of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with
vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to
Jesus to drink. Verse 48. (See John 19:
What closed this
When he had
received the drink, Jesus said, It is
finished. With that, he bowed his
head and gave up his spirit. John
By what other miracle
and phenomenon in nature did God indicate the
character of the deed that was being committed?
It was now about
the sixth hour [noon], and darkness came over
the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun
stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple
was torn in two.
Luke 23: 44, 45.
The Divine Purpose
What divine purpose
was wrought out in the sufferings of Christ?
In bringing many
sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom
and through whom everything exists, should
make the author of their salvation perfect
For whom did Christ
suffer all these things at the hand of the enemy?
But he was
pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed
for our iniquities; the punishment that brought
us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. Isaiah 53.5.
How much was included
in the gift of Christ for salvation of man, who
had given himself over to disobedience?
He did not spare
his own Son, but gave him up for us all
how will he not also, along with him, graciously
give us all things? Romans 8:32.
Tis midnight; and
on Olives brow
The star is dimmed that
Tis midnight; in
the garden, now,
The suffering Savior
Tis midnight; and
from all removed,
The Savior wrestles lone
Een that disciple
whom he loved
Heeds not his masters
grief and tears.
Tis midnight; and
for others guilt
The Man of Sorrows weeps
Yet He who hath in
Is not forsaken by His
Tis midnight; and
from either plains
Is borne the song that
Unheard by mortals are
That sweetly soothe the
William B. Tappan.