How good is it to receive a precious gift from someone that we love. Well, Jesus gave us a gift of immeasurable love and worth. It's a gift of grace for all.
Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day so that you and I could have the gift of eternal life.
We should gladly go to church on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to thank him for this amazing gift.
There are many prophecies of the Cross in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation that foretold the event.
From the beginning of time, God has been planning to rescue humanity from evil through his son Jesus.
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The sacrifice and resurrection of the Messiah were foretold.
Psalm 22, written by King David a millennium before Christ, gives us the very perspective of the Lord hanging on the cross.
It describes how the people mocked Christ (Psalm 22:7-8), how they cast lots to divide up his clothes (Psalm 22:18), how his bones were out of joint (Psalm 22:14) and how the wicked pierced his hands and feet (Psalm 22:16).
The following Bible prophecies about the crucifixion and resurrection all came true.
Prophecy - "But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Prophecy - "Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey - even on a donkey's colt." (Zechariah 9:9)
Prophecy - "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not." (Isaiah 53:3)
Prophecy - "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7)
Prophecy - "I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." (Psalm 22:17-18)
Prophecy - "They have pierced my hands and feet." (Psalm 22:14-16)
Prophecy - "He had done no wrong, and he never deceived anyone. But He was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man's grave." (Isaiah 53:9)
Prophecy - "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matthew 12:40).
Prophecy - "The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit in honour at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet." (Psalm 110:1)