So many were impacted by the life of Jesus while He walked the earth. Of course those that were healed would never forget Him, but even those observing what He was doing knew He was no ordinary man. He could say to the wind in a storm, “Be still,” and it obeyed. He commanded evil spirits to leave those they were tormenting, and they did. He even raised a man from the dead after he had been dead four days. There was never a man like Jesus. He could take a small amount of food and bless it, and it became more than enough to feed five thousand. And when His enemies tried to catch Him with questions that even an extremely intelligent man would have had a difficult time trying to answer, Jesus answered in ways that puzzled his questioners. This was no ordinary man.
The religious leaders of the day were jealous of HIm. The people were drawn to Him, and they followed Him wherever He went. They listened as He taught them about His Father, and by His own nature He showed them HIs Father’s nature as well. He was irresistible to those who were hungry. He offered them what no one else had ever offered.
The Pharisees and other religious leaders accused Him of every possible crime; healing on the Sabbath, casting out demons by the prince of demons, claiming that God was his Father when they “knew” Joseph was. Anything they could accuse Him of, they did. So much so, that Jesus had to stay away from Jerusalem before the feast of Passover, and not enter in until the appointed time. But what an entry He had when he finally arrived.
He came in riding on a donkey, as the people shouted “Hosannah! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” They placed their garments in the road for the donkey carrying the Lord to walk over. They knew He was Messiah, the Son of God!
But how quickly the tide turned. The Pharisee’s plot to capture Jesus was in full motion. Judas had been hired with thirty pieces of silver, and the leaders of the Jews were prepared to falsely testify against Him. The Jews didn’t want Him punished. They wanted Him crucified. Their law did not allow for them to kill Him, so they took Him before Roman Law. Pilate heard the case. All those accusations were put forth, including that He said He was King.
Jesus was beaten (whipped), had a crown of thorns planted on His head, He was mocked, spat upon, had his beard pulled out, but none of that was enough for the leaders of the Jews. They wanted Him crucified. Crucifixion was the most despised form of death in that day. It was reserved for the lowest form of criminal. Though Pilate repeatedly stated that he saw nothing worthy of death in Jesus, the people demanded it. So Pilate washed his hands, and declared, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood.” To which they responded, “His blood shall be upon us and our children!” Matthew 27:24-25
Jesus was crucified, while being taunted and mocked, “He saved others, Himself he cannot save. He is the King of Israel, let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe Him,” Matthew 27:42. They offered Him sour wine to drink when He said He was thirsty, but He refused.
“Now about the sixth hour darkness fell on all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “My God, My God why have you forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:45-46 “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered into the Holy City and appeared to many. Now the centurion and those that were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the things that were happening became very frightened, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God.” Matthew 27:50-54. And so He is.