The Believers Life Style Bible Study
The Death of Jesus
Scripture References: Matthew 27:45-56
 October 4, 2014
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. What is it like to be separated from someone you love?
  2. When in your life did you ever feel abandoned?

Explore It

  1. What happened from the sixth to the ninth hour (from 12 noon until 3 p.m.)? (27:45)
  2. What did Jesus cry out at the ninth hour? Why? (27:46)
  3. What did Jesus’ last words mean? (27:46)
  4. What did some of the bystanders think Christ had yelled? (27:47)
  5. What did one man in particular try to do for Jesus? (27:48)
  6. How did the rest in the crowd respond to the gesture of kindness toward Jesus? (27:49)
  7. What happened the next time Jesus cried out in a loud voice? (27:50)
  8. What supernatural event took place inside the temple when Jesus died? (27:51)
  9. How were things in Jerusalem at that time? (27:51)
  10. How did the death of Jesus affect activity in some of the area’s cemeteries? (27:52-53)
  11. How did a Roman centurion react to the way Jesus died? (27:54)
  12. Who else was in the crowd watching the crucifixion? (27:55)
  13. Who in the crowd was most prominent at Jesus’ death? (27:56)

Get It

  1. What did it mean that the sky turned black as Jesus hung on the cross?
  2. How would you explain to an inquiring friend the significance of the veil in the temple tearing in two as Jesus died?
  3. Why does it often take drastic measures or life-threatening upheavals to bring people to their senses and persuade them to follow Christ?
  4. What situations or events did God use to convince you that Jesus is the Son of God?
  5. Why are the women followers of Jesus mentioned, and not the male disciples?
  6. What did Jesus accomplish for you with His death?

Apply It

  1. In the near future, with whom can you share the good news of Christ’s payment for sin on the cross?



Jesus Dies on the Cross

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.

49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.”

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

55 And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and [a]Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.