Jesus had 12 apostles, and one of them – Judas Iscariot – was the one who accepted a bribe of 30 silver coins, as prophesied by Jeremiah and mentioned in Matthew 27:9-10 (“Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”)
Jesus’ crime according to the Jewish law was heresy because he was saying he was the son of God, the messiah. His sentence was left in people’s hands at the time (non-followers) and they chose that Jesus should be crucified, and that a thief called Barnabas should be released. The king at the time didn’t want to kill Jesus but had to agree with the crowd who was asking for his death. The soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put on his head, and made him walk and carry the cross until the location of crucifixion. Many people spat on him and mocked him, he was bashed by soldiers and had his hands and foot nailed in the cross as you know. ( Matthew 26/27)
Another prophesy that should fulfilled with the true messiah was that he would redeem mankind in day number three, as described in Hosea 6:2 (“After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.). Jesus himself when referring to the temple of the Lord said: “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”(john 2:19). It is clear that he was not speaking about a physical temple- He was speaking of himself- because he is the temple, the only way to GOD. The resurrection went as described in
28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Guards’ Report
11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
What does this mean to your life? The plan of salvation
It means that Jesus, through the sacrifice of his death, has given all of us the opportunity to redeem ourselves before God. This is how much God loves us! All that is asked from us is to believe that Jesus, the son of GOD died for us on the cross, so that we may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life ( John 3:16)
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. ( 1 john 2:2)
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” ( Hebrews 1:1-14)