Unexpected Saviour

Jesus painted no pictures. Yet some of the greatest artists were inspired by him to paint their works. Jesus wrote no poetry. Yet hundreds of the world's greatest poems pay tribute to him. Jesus composed no music. Yet musicians wrote some of their greatest music to praise him. Jesus preached and taught for only three years. Socrates taught for forty years, Plato for fifty years, and Aristotle for forty years. Yet hundreds of millions more people follow Jesus than follow the three philosophers combined.

Jesus died on a cross as a criminal. Yet even a guard who helped to put him to death recognised that he was God's son. Read Mark 15:33-39 to see how Jesus showed that he was God's Son even in his death.

Bible Text
Mark 15:33-39

33NIV:At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
34NIV:And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
35NIV:When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
36NIV:Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
37NIV:With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38NIV:The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
39NIV:And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Question to Consider
  • What unexpected things do you see in Jesus’ life as described by passage and by the comparisons above?
  • How does this passage strengthen your faith in Jesus as God's son?

Motion Points
  • Listing everything that you would expect a king to do. Then compare it to what you read in the Bible about Jesus. Identify similarities and differences.
  • Rereading the passage, putting yourself in the place of the officer. How would you have responded to this situation? What would you have said?


Hymn for Today
Victory Ahead [ William Grum]

When the hosts of Israel led by God,
Round the walls of Jericho softly trod,
Trusting in the Lord,
They felt the conqueror's tread,
By faith they saw the victory ahead.

Refrain:
Victory ahead, victory ahead,
Through the blood of Jesus, victory ahead.
Trusting in the Lord, I hear the conqueror's tread,
By faith I see the victory ahead.

David with a shepherd's sling and five stones,
Met the giant on the field all alone,
Trusting in the Lord, he knew what God had said,
By faith he saw the victory ahead.

Daniel prayed unto the Lord thrice each day,
Then unto the lion's den led the way,
Trusting in the Lord, he did not fear or dread,
By faith he saw the victory ahead.

Often with the carnal mind I was tried,
Asking for deliverance oft I cried,
Trusting in the Lord, I reckoned I was dead,
By faith I see the victory ahead.

When like those who've gone before to that land,
By death's river cold and dark I shall stand.
Trusting in the Lord, I will not fear or dread,
By faith I see the victory ahead.

Amazing Fact
Most people who were crucified in Jesus’ day were left on the cross or were simply discarded in mass grave. By requesting Jesus’ body for burial, Joseph saved Jesus from that final indignity. [ Mark 15:42-47 ]  
Further Study
  • Matthew16:21-28
  • John19:28-37
  • Isaiah 53