Jesus "gave up the ghost”

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Sacrifice
  1. Sacrifice may cause others to mock you. “He saved others; Himself He cannot save.” (v.31)
  2. Sacrifice may cause others to abandon you. “My God,...  why have you forsaken me?” (v.34)
  3. Sacrifice may cause others to believe you. “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (v.39)
  4. Sacrifice may produce forgiveness
  5. Sacrifice may show your dependence on God. “Father, I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)

Between the sixth hour (noon) and the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.) darkness came over the whole land (v. 33). At the end of the supernatural darkness Jesus cried out, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken Me” (v. 34)? Some of the people standing there heard Jesus and said “He is calling for Elijah” (v. 35). Up to this moment Jesus had never gone through the experience of being separated from the Father, but in order to be completely identified with our humanity He had to go through it.

A soldier offered Jesus a sponge saturated with a mixture of vinegar and water (v. 36). The centurion who stood nearby goes on to identify Jesus as truly, “the Son of God” (v. 39). Following this Jesus “gave up  the ghost,” (v. 37), which literally means He “breathed out His life” or died. At this point “the veil of the temple” (v. 38) which separated the Holy of Holies (into which no man was permitted to go) from the rest of the temple ripped from top to bottom. This symbolized the fact that the way was now open for all believers to enter into the very presence of God at any time. Some women who had come with Jesus to Jerusalem were looking on from a distance (vv. 40-41).

Application

When I realized that Jesus actually became a sacrifice for my sins I accepted Him as my personal Savior? Now the question is How can I more effectively communicate the good news of Jesus’ death.

Mark 15:33-41 (English Standard Version)

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah." And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down." And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

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