On the last day of Jesus’ life, also known as Good Friday, he was crucified and died. This event is considered one of the most significant moments in Christianity as it symbolizes the sacrifice Jesus made for humanity’s salvation.
The Arrest of Jesus
The events leading up to the crucifixion began on Thursday night when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples, had betrayed him and led a group of soldiers to arrest him.
John 18:3-4 describes how Judas arrived at the garden with a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were armed with swords and clubs, indicating that they were prepared for a fight if necessary.
The Trial of Jesus
After his arrest, Jesus was taken to several trials before various religious and political leaders. The first trial was before Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest at that time.
During this trial, Annas questioned Jesus about his doctrines and disciples but did not find anything incriminating. Afterward, he sent him to Caiaphas.
The second trial took place before Caiaphas and a council of Jewish elders who wanted to find evidence to charge Jesus with blasphemy – claiming he is God. They convinced false witnesses to testify against him but their testimonies were inconsistent.
Finally, Caiaphas asked Jesus directly if he was the Son of God – to which he replied affirmatively – leading them to charge him with blasphemy.
Early in the morning on Friday after his trials concluded, Jesus was taken by Roman soldiers to be crucified on Golgotha hill outside Jerusalem’s walls.
Mark 15:24-25 describes how the soldiers divided his clothes among themselves and cast lots to decide who would keep his robe. They then nailed him to the cross, where he hung for several hours until his death.
The Death of Jesus
Jesus died on the cross at approximately 3 pm on Friday. According to Matthew 27:50-54, there was an earthquake when he died. The veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and tombs opened, revealing many saints who had died rising from the dead.
His body was then taken down from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy man who had become a disciple of Jesus.
The events that occurred on the last day of Jesus’ life are significant for Christians worldwide as they believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection brought salvation to humanity. The story is often retold during Easter celebrations as a reminder of God’s love and sacrifice for humankind.