Scripture Text: John 19: 16-20; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
It was a mockery of a trial, illegal really. Jesus of Nazareth, attending the Feast of the Unleavened Bread or the Passover, had been arrested in the middle of the night and dragged before Annas, a former high priest, who was still the power behind the religious leaders of the Sanhedrin, who questioned Him about His disciples and His teaching, trying to gain information to officially accuse Him before the Sanhedrin itself, to whom Jesus was taken next. There, the prisoner about rumors going going around that He claimed to be “the Son of God.” Was it true? “You have said it yourself.” Jesus had affirmed. In rage the group decided He deserved death, as he spat in His face, slapped and beat Him with their fists, waiting until they were able to take Him before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Pilate, unsympathetic with the religious claims of the Pharisees, tried to find a way to release Jesus, but, it became apparent, despite his powerful position, the matter was out of his hands. Finally, in response to the heartless cries of “Crucify Him!” from the crowd that had been driven into a frenzy by the Pharisees, he did indeed, turn Jesus over to the soldiers.
I. The Crucifixion: John 19:17-22, 28-30
II. The Burial: John 19:38-42
III. The Resurrection: John 20: 1-22
IV. The Saving Power Of The Gospel: I Corinthians 15:1-8, Romans 1:16,
Conclusion: At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ into the world for our sakes. At Easter we celebrate our birth into the kingdom of heaven accomplished fully by the death , burial , and resurrection of Christ. It is impossible for me to know how any of you have responded to the great truth of the gospel. But I know it has changed my life!