Where Is Crucifixion Mentioned in the Bible?
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The story of the crucifixion is told specifically in the gospels. If you are new to the faith, the gospels are biographical accounts of the life of Jesus. These accounts are found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Each writer tells the story through their own eyes. By reading each of the accounts it helps you get a full picture of this remarkable event. To help you, here is where you can find the crucifixion story in each gospel book:
Matthew chapters 26-28
Mark chapters 14-16
Luke chapters 22-24
John chapters 18-20
Even though we see the event playing out in the gospels, it was predicted long before that. In the Old Testament, the Bible gives us shadows and types as well as specific prophecies pointing to the eventual death of Jesus. A type or shadow is something or some event in the Old Testament that reflects or points to something in the New Testament. For example, in the Old Testament they would anoint with oil. This was a symbol that represented the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.
One event closely related to the crucifixion was when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Here are some similarities:
Isaac was a son of the promise conceived miraculously by Abraham and Sarah who were well past their child-bearing years. Even in her younger years Sarah was unable to have children.
Jesus was a son of the promise and was conceived miraculously by the Holy Spirit through a virgin named Mary.
Isaac was going to be sacrificed on a mountain and carried the wood up the mountain that he would be sacrificed on.
Jesus was sacrificed on the mount called Golgotha and he carried the cross that he would ultimately be crucified on.
Abraham was giving up his son.
God was giving up his only begotten son.
Isaac was a willing participant and at no point did he resist what his father was about to do.
Jesus willingly laid down his life. He submitted to the will of the Father.
All throughout the Old Testament from Genesis moving forward and through numerous types and shadows we see the Bible pointing us to this savior who would rescue us from our sin condition. One of the great passages of scripture that point to the events that we see laid out in the gospels is Isaiah 53. Here are some of those verses
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. - Isaiah 53:4-6
If you keep reading you will eventually see in verse 10 that it was God’s will to crush him and to make his life an offering for sin. He bore the sin of many, none of which were his own. I hope you are beginning to see the wonderful plan and story of redemption that is being played out. Now that we have laid a foundation let’s consider some very specific facts you should know about the Crucifixion.
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