*** Why did Christ come
into the world?
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am
chief.” 1 Tim. 1:15.
*** What prompted God
to give His Son to die for man?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life.” John 3:16 (1 John 4:9, 10) (Rom.5:8).
*** What did the
prophet say Christ would be called to endure?
“He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his
mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her
shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. He was taken from prison
and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut
off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was
He stricken.” Isa. 53:7, 8.
*** Must not Christ
have known beforehand of these things?
“Then He took unto Him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we
go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets
concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For He shall be delivered
unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and
spitted on; and they shall scourge Him, and put Him to death.” Luke 18:31-33.
*** How did the Saviour
feel when the sins of the world were upon Him?
“And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and
began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith He unto them, My soul
is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with
Me.” Matt. 26:37, 38.
*** In His distress,
for what did He pray?
“And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed,
saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me:
nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Matt. 26:39.
*** How great was the
agony of His soul?
“And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat
was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
*** After this
remarkable prayer, what happened to cause Him more grief?
“And while He yet spake, behold a mu1titude, and he that was
called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto
Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son
of man with a kiss?” Luke 22:47, 48.
*** To what place was
“Then took they Him, and led Him, and brought Him into the
high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.” Luke 22:54.
*** While at the high
priest’s house, what act of Peter’s caused the Saviour additional
“Another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow
also was with Him; for He is a Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I know not
what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And
the Lord turned; and looked upon Peter.” Luke 22:59-61.
*** What reproachful
things were done to Christ while He was at the high priest’s house?
“And the men that held Jesus mocked Him, and smote Him. And when
they had blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face, and asked Him,
saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?” Luke 22:63, 64.
*** Where was Christ
“And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the
chief priests and the scribes came together, and led Him into their
council.” Luke 22:66.
*** What was their
object in taking Him there, since it was not in their power judicially to
“Then said they all, Art Thou then the Son of God? And He said
unto them, Ye say that I am. And they said, What. need we any further
witness? for we ourselves have heard of His own mouth.” Luke 22:70, 71.
*** Having procured the
pretext they sought, what did they next do?
“And the whole multitude of them arose, and led Him unto
Pilate.” Luke 23:1.
*** When Pilate desired
to let Christ go, how did they remonstrate?
“And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the
people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this
place.” Luke 23:5.
*** When Pilate heard
that Christ had been in Galilee, what did he do?
“And as soon as he knew that He belonged unto Herod’s
jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was at
Jerusalem at that time.” Luke 23:7.
*** Did the chief
priests and scribes follow Christ before Herod?
“And the chief priests and scribes stood
and vehemently accused Him.” Luke 23:10.
*** What indignity did
Herod put upon the Saviour?
“And Herod with his men of war set
Him at nought, and mocked Him, and arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and
sent Him again to Pilate.” Luke 23:11.
*** When Christ was
again brought before Pilate, what did Pilate propose to do?
“I have found no cause of death in Him: I will therefore
chastise Him, and let Him go.” Luke 23:22.
*** At this
proposition, how did Christ’s accusers act?
“And they were instant [earnest] with loud voices,
requiring that He might be crucified. And the voices of them and of
the chief priests prevailed.” Luke 23:23.
*** Besides yielding to
the clamors of the Jews, what cruelty did Pilate inflict upon Christ?
“Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him.” John 19:1.
*** What shameful
treatment did He receive from the soldiers?
“And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon
His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before
Him, and mocked Him, saying Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon
Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head.” Matt. 27:29, 30.
*** After bringing Him
to the place of crucifixion, what did they offer Him to stupefy Him?
“They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall; and when He had
tasted thereof, He would not drink.” Matt. 23:34.
*** What prayer did He
utter as they were nailing Him to the cross?
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what
they do.” Luke 23:34.
*** With what words did
they taunt Him while on the cross?
“Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes
and elders, said, He saved others; Himself He can not save. If He be
the King of the Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will
believe Him.” Matt. 27:41, 42.
*** As He cried out in
agony on the cross, what was again offered Him?
“And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled
it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink.” Matt. 27:48.
*** What closed this
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is
finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30.
*** What wonderful
demonstration attested nature’s sympathy with the dying Son of God?
“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a dark- ness over
all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil
of the temple was rent in the midst.” Luke 23:44, 45.
*** Was it necessary
for Christ thus to suffer?
“For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all
things, in brining many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their
salvation perfect through sufferings.” Heb. 2:10.
*** What follows from
the fact that God gave us His only Son?
“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all,
how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Rom. 8:32.