The Death of Jesus- Brent Wheeley

The Death of Jesus-

Lesson Two-April 9, 2017– Brent Wheeley Scripture: The book of Mark

Lesson Goal: To find the significance, in your life, of the death of Jesus.

1. What is the greatest thing anyone has ever done for you on

this earth?

2. How do you feel about the person who did this for you?

Introduction: As background we can read Mark’s account of the days leading up to the Cross.

  • The week that started with shouts of Hosanna, Hosanna (Mark 11:8-10).
  • The celebration of the Passover (Mark 14:12-16).
  • The celebration quickly and somewhat quietly turned to “the Last Supper” (Mark 14:16-31).
  • The prayer time in the garden started harmless (Mark 14:32-42).
  • The soldiers’ arrest (Mark 14:43-50) accusing Jesus of wrongdoing.

    As all this transpired, the religious leaders had finally made a way to bring Jesus to their courts so they could once and for all put an end to this Man who had become so popular, and proclaimed to be the Son of God. The disciples scattered, denied Him, and one even betrayed Him.

    The next verses in Mark tell of the “rigged” trial, the unfair treatment and the ultimate sentencing of Jesus, the road to the cross, and the sayings of Christ from the cross.

    Key Verse: Verse 37- “And Jesus cried out with a loud voice”

    The physical pain must have been almost unbearable, the mental anguish beyond belief, and the spiritual warfare unlike any the world had known. No wonder Jesus cried out with a loud voice.


  1. What do you think was going through Jesus’ mind when He

    cried out?

  2. Do you think it was on the physical, mental, or spiritual side that He cried?
  3. Do you think He had any “good thoughts” such as compassion, love, or victory, on His mind?

The death of Jesus was similar yet unlike many of the day. Crucifixion was common but the beating, scourging, mocking, and torture was of much greater intensity in this case. After watching the movie, “The Passion of the Christ” my idea (what I had in my head as how it all happened) changed dramatically. Watching that film allowed me to start many days with the thought of what He endured after the trial, and all the way to the cross. And lest we forget that He left the splendor of Heaven to come to this earth to meet this most miserable death. That this one death would change things forever.

As we seek to find the significance of Christ’s death in our life, we need to first understand: For Whom He died.

For Whom did Jesus die?
A great question for us to answer before we go any further:

For who did Jesus die? Write as many answers as come to mind.

Please read the following passages:

Romans 5:7-8- “He showed His love for us while in that we were yet sinners, He died for us.”


John 3:16- “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”


 Luke 15:4- “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?”


If you have not accepted Christ as your personal Savior you are still the lost sinner apart from Christ, still the “whosoever” that Christ so willingly gave His life for, and provided a way of salvation. And still the one He has left the ninety-nine to search for until He finds you.

Franklin Graham is quoted, “It was Christ who willingly went to the cross, and it was our sins that took Him there.”

Franklin’s father, Billy Graham said it this way, “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world I love you.”

(Verse 37b)-And breathed His last. Easy enough to translate-Jesus died!

Question: What does the death of Jesus provide?

Justification-once we accept Christ as our personal Savior; by accepting the fact of what was done on the cross; we receive a Holy Justification (we are “declared righteous”). Apart from Christ we are at best “filthy rags”, but, “in Christ” we are justified. Read Romans 3:24-26.

Redemption-we are also redeemed, which means Jesus died to pay the price required to ransom sinners. Read 1 Peter 1:18-19.

By paying the penalty of sin for _____________, through His death, Jesus can set _________free from his/her sin and transfer His righteousness to _______________! (Make this personal by inserting your name in the blanks).

Propitiation-the great swap. I love the sound of this word propitiation. I liked the sound even from the first time I heard it as a very young boy, as it was preached by the first pastor I really remember at Mars Hill Baptist Church, Milton Michael. “Propitiation”, he would say in his fiery country voice, “is the deal of a lifetime. We have nothing to give Him and yet we can receive it all.” Read 1 John 2:2.

You see there are fair trades. Trades made between friends for pocketknives, trades among the great cooks of recipes, trades

among kids for their favorite trading cards, or favorite songs or ringtones. There are also farmers’ trades for livestock, equipment or work, or students’ trades of homework or assistance. But this trade, by Jesus is what we would all call “one sided!”

1. Have you ever been on the “good” end of the trade? What

about the bad end?

2. What does it mean to you that Jesus died and made the swap while giving all and receiving so very, very little?

As we answer these questions, it is important to remember as the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, bring Him to trial, Jesus reminded Peter of His willingness to die for all… please read Matthew 26:52-54.

“Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that He could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to-because of us. At Calvary, God accepted His own unbreakable terms of justice.” Phillip Yancey


  1. Does it matter to you that Jesus could have called more

    than twelve legions of angels?

  2. What does the death of Jesus mean to you?
  3. How does the death of Jesus change my life, my actions, and my desires?

As we close this lesson we must end it with…TO BE CONTINUED.