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Friday - Jesus Died For Me



Lesson Scriptures: John 19:16-19, 28-30, 38-42


Key Lesson Theme: “Jesus Died For Me”


Today's Lesson: Friday, March 31


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John 19:16-19, 28-30, 38-42


16 Then he handed him over to be crucified. Then they took Jesus away.


17 Carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called Place of the Skull, which in Aramaic is called ‘Golgotha’.


18 There they crucified him and two others with him, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.


19 Pilate also had a sign made and put on the cross. It said: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.

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28 After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now finished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, he said, “I’m thirsty.”


29 A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it up to his mouth.


30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.

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38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus — but secretly because of his fear of the Jews — asked Pilate that he might remove Jesus’s body. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and took his body away.


39 Nicodemus (who had previously come to him at night) also came, bringing a mixture of about seventy-five pounds of myrrh and aloes.


40 They took Jesus’s body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the fragrant spices, according to the burial custom of the Jews.


41 There was a garden in the place where he was crucified. A new tomb was in the garden; no one had yet been placed in it.


42 They placed Jesus there because of the Jewish day of preparation and since the tomb was nearby.



Live It Out


The Lord is God of the universe­—of all living things for all times, in all places. God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son. John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The message of the gospel is that Christ died for all. He offers forgiveness to all. And the mission Jesus gave to His disciples was global. Go into the world to every nation and preach the good news of deliverance (Matt. 28:18-20).


Yet in the midst of all these universal assertions, all-inclusive declarations, and global commissions is a personal element. God created you. He loves you. He gave His Son for you. Christ takes away your sin. He died for you. He offers salvation and forgiveness to you, free of charge. He called you to share the gospel with others.


Though He came to redeem the world, Jesus always sees the individual. “We tend to see crowds as a sea of faces. When He looked at a crowd, Jesus had the remarkable ability to see the individuals who made up those crowds; to hear their cries of help—both the cry of the voice and the cry of the heart.” On the crowded streets of Jericho, He heard Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, crying out for mercy (Mark 10:46-52). Along the shores of the Sea of Galilee near Capernaum, He approached Levi, a tax collector in whom He saw potential (Luke 5:27-28). At a poolside, he identified a particular lame man with great need (John 5:2-9). In another crowd, he felt one woman’s touch on the hem of His garment (Matt. 9:19-22).


“In each case and in many other similar ones in crowded conditions, He saw, He heard, He identified an individual in that crowd. In essence, when Jesus saw a crowd, He said to each person in that crowd, ‘Hey! I know you are there.’ ” He has not changed. He still, in all the world, sees you and me.


Even on the cross Jesus saw individuals—a penitent criminal on an adjacent cross; His dear, grieving mother who stood at His feet. And somewhere out through the ages of time, He saw you and me. Free of sin Himself, He died to atone for your sin—and mine. The redemptive work He completed affected you and me. Jesus’s death on the cross makes forgiveness possible for you—and me. The Lord of the universe, God’s Son, my blessed Redeemer, is gracious beyond all measure!



Digging Deeper



How does knowing that Jesus died that you might be forgiven touch you emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually?


What is your personal testimony of faith in which you acknowledge the forgiveness of sin because of Jesus’s death on the cross?


In what ways does His forgiveness set you free?



Until next week Saints…..

Every day is Sunday

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