At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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April 20, 2014

Psalms 16; 31; 109

Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection

 

 

 

Easter is the time each year when Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The resurrection is one of the key elements of the gospel message.  That message has three essential parts, as defined in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

Note the phrase “according to the scriptures.”  The Bible makes it clear that Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection all happened “by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23).  God revealed His plans for Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection through numerous messianic prophecies in the Old Testament.  For this Easter lesson we are going to examine some of those prophecies found in the book of Psalms.

Ps. 109:2-3

Jesus was utterly sinless, yet He was hated, lied against, and brutally attacked.

 

Ps. 109:4

He was motivated by love but hated in return.

 

Ps. 109:5

“And they have rewarded me ________ for ________, and __________ for my ________.”

 

Ps. 109:22-24

This tells about His weakened state on the cross.

 

Ps. 109:25

What did the people do when they saw Him?

 

Matthew 27 describes Christ’s crucifixion.  Look at verse 39:

Matt. 27:39

What did the people do when they saw Him?

 

The gospels tell us Jesus was on the cross for three hours, during which He said several things.  Luke 23:44-46 describes His death.

Luke 23:46

What did Jesus say before He died?

 

Why did He say those specific words?  Look at Psalm 31.

Ps. 31:5

“Into thine ________ I commit my __________: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”

 

Several other Old Testament prophecies describe Christ’s death on the cross (see Ps. 22:1-18; 69:21; Isa. 53 for a few examples).  Those verses were written 600-1,000 years before Jesus died.

The gospels tell us Jesus was hastily buried in a borrowed tomb before the Jewish Sabbath began at sundown.  His body remained in the tomb for three days.  Some of the women came to the tomb early on Sunday morning to finish the task of anointing and perfuming Jesus’ body for burial (they could not finish because of the approaching Sabbath).  When they arrived at the tomb they found the stone rolled away and Jesus’ body was not there.  An angel told them He had risen from the dead (Matt. 28:1-6).

Christ’s resurrection is a key element of the gospel.  After all, if Jesus couldn’t save Himself from death, how could He possibly save us from our sins?  Peter preached about Jesus’ resurrection in his famous sermon on the day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:24

“Whom God hath __________ up, having __________ the pains of _________: because it was not possible that he should be __________ of it.”

 

Acts 2:25

Where is Jesus Christ now (see also Matt. 26:64)?

 

Acts 2:26

This truth gives us joy and hope.

 

Acts 2:27

“Because thou wilt not leave my soul in ________, neither wilt thou suffer thine _______________ to see ______________.”

 

Acts 2:28

Because of Christ’s resurrection, believers are blessed with the joy of His presence forever.

 

Where did Peter get these words he was quoting?

Ps. 16:8

Peter quoted this verse in Acts 2:25.

 

Ps. 16:9

Peter quoted this verse in Acts 2:26.

 

Ps. 16:10

Jesus Christ, the “Holy One” (see Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34) did not experience corruption and decay in the grave.  Peter quoted this verse in Acts 2:27 and Paul quoted it in Acts 13:35.

 

Ps. 16:11

Peter quoted this verse in Acts 2:28.

 

Concluding Thoughts: In spite of the fact He never did anything wrong, Jesus Christ was rejected and hated.  Jesus was crucified and died on the cross.  He was buried, but after three days He arose from the dead.  All of these things happened in direct fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies.

Christ’s death and resurrection were prophesied centuries before they took place.  Only Almighty God could accomplish that. 

Christ’s death and resurrection are proven facts, but do they matter to you?  Jesus suffered a terrible and agonizingly painful death for you, but do you care?  Take time right now to thank Him for dying to pay the price for your sins.

Jesus arose from the dead, just as the Old Testament promised.  A God who can keep such a promise and overcome death is worthy of our trust.  Regardless of what trials or troubles you may be facing, Jesus can help.  Place your complete trust in Him right now.

 

 

Project: Jesus Christ is the sovereign God of the universe.  He can help you with your problems.  Turn them over to Him every day.

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