The most precious of all themes to every Bible-loving and saved person is the death of Jesus Christ. We may not be able to comprehend fully all that is connected with Christ’s death, but we can rejoice in the blessings which are ours by virtue of it. A study of the Bible reveals that Christ’s death was unique and deeply significant. With that in mind, let us consider these thoughts pertaining to His death.
It was predetermined in eternity. This is in stark contrast to the position of dispensationalists who advocate that Jesus’ death was a complete surprise to the Father. Luke records that Herod, Pilate, the Gentiles, and the Israelites did with Jesus what the hand and counsel of God “foreordained to come to pass” (Acts 4:26-28). Christ’s death was “foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world” (1 Pet. 1:19-20).
It was predicted in the Old Testament. Many references could be given; significant among them would be Genesis 3:15 and Isaiah 53. All that was written in the Law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms concerning Jesus’ suffering and resurrection were fulfilled (Lk. 24:44-46; Acts 10:43).
It was prominent in the Gospels. All that was recorded in the four gospel accounts was pointing to this pivotal event (read Mt. 27:45-50; Mk. 15:33-41; Lk. 23:44-49; Jn. 19:30-37).
It was predominant in the epistles. The writers kept Jesus’ death in the forefront of every discussion. While His death might be a stumbling block to some and foolishness to others, it was a demonstration of God’s power and wisdom to every saved person (1 Cor. 1:23-24).
It was the principle theme in heaven. Angels meditated upon its wonder and mystery (1 Pet. 1:12). The major theme of discussion with Moses and Elijah at the transfiguration was Christ’s death (Lk. 9:30-31). In a vision John heard the redeemed of the ages singing a glorious refrain concerning Jesus’ death (Rev. 5). Jesus died – precious truth divine – He died for me!