The disciple’s spirits were crushed. The crucifixion was the end of what they thought was the beginning of a new direction for their nation. The disciples saw in Jesus freedom from the Romans, after all he always said he came to set them free. The crucifixion however was not the end, for the disciples as well as people down through the ages it was the beginning of a whole new life, a life of freedom not from the tyranny or injustice but from the darkness within.
The crucifixion was half the reason Jesus came to the earth.
• Hebrews 7:26-27 states: “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
• Hebrews 9:28 “So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. .”
• Hebrews 10:10 “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
• Hebrews 10:12 “But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God”
• Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Some have tried to deny the death of Jesus on the cross or to create a so called Passover Plots where Jesus did not die on the cross merely swooned and was revived later, but the evidence is clear. Jesus died upon the cross. The Roman soldiers declared Jesus dead. He was wrapped and sealed in a tomb. Jesus was dead.
But by grace the grace of God the crucifixion was not the end of the story, it was the beginning of a new life because three days later Jesus rose from the dead and salvation through faith in Jesus came to all mankind.
The cross was horrific, but it had to take place. Jesus was the one sacrifice God had promised way back in Genesis and as foretold in Isaiah 53, “Surely he has borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities upon him were the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”