The Real Story

God and Mankind
The Eternal God
In God’s Image
The Ten Commandments
Rebellion of Mankind

The Promised Savior
The Messiah
The Messiah’s Suffering

The Savior, Jesus
God Became Man
An Angel Foretells Jesus’ Birth
The Birth of Jesus
The Lamb of God
God Loved the World

Jesus’ Teaching and Miracles
Preaching and Healing
The Beatitudes
“You Must Be Born Again”
Seek the Kingdom of God
Heaven and Hell
The Way, Truth, Life
The Bread of Life
The Good Shepherd
Prediction of His Death
Parables of the Kingdom
Driving Out a Demon
Calming a Storm
Raising a Widow’s Son
Feeding 5,000
A Blind Man Healed

Jesus’ Sacrifice
Jesus Is Rejected
Judas Betrays Jesus
The Last Supper
A New Covenant
The Trial at the Sanhedrin
Before Pilate
Pilate Tries to Save Jesus
The Death Sentence
The Crucifixion
Jesus’ Death
His Burial
The Sealed Grave

Jesus’ Resurrection
Resurrection Morning
Jesus Appears to the Women
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
“Go Into All the World”
Taken Up into Heaven

Jesus’ Second Coming
An Everlasting Kingdom
The Day of the Lord
The Glorious Return
The Final Judgment
The Great Throng in White Robes
All Things New
The Time Is Near

Salvation Through Jesus
The World Guilty Before God
The Good News
Righteousness by Faith Alone
Get Right with God
God’s Grace to Us
Children of God
Eternal Things
Christ Is the Love of God
True Worship

Songs and Prayers
A Prayer of Repentance
The Lord Is My Shepherd
The Forgiving God

Copyright © 2011 by the Bible Distribution Club
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®
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The entire contents of this book are excerpts from the Bible.

The central theme of the Bible is Jesus, whom Christians accept as the promised Messiah* (or Christ), and the mystery of the coming kingdom of heaven.

The astounding message of the Bible is that the Creator of the universe became a man, a man like us, because He loved us and wanted to save us from the awful results of our sin. He Himself, the glorious King, the mighty Creator, the holy God, came to this miserable, wicked world and became the representative man, the substitute for our sins. This means that our sins are forgiven, and that we can believe the promise of God, the wonderful news that we have received everlasting life from Him. It is the good news of this promise that is the heart of the Bible message.

*Messiah means “the Anointed One.”

About the Bible

The Bible is made up of two books called the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word “testament” means a declaration or contract, or in some cases a will. As used here, it means the contract or promise to which God has bound Himself in His dealings with mankind. The contract of salvation that God has given us is based upon the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Son of God, came to this earth about 2000 years ago. The contract written before Christ is called the Old Testament and the contract written after Christ is called the New Testament.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16

God and Mankind
The Eternal God

God is enthroned above the circle of the earth.
“Who will you compare Me to,
        or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.
Look up and see:
        who created these?
He brings out the starry host by number;
       He calls all of them by name.
The LORD is the everlasting God,
        the Creator of the whole earth;
        there is no limit to His understanding.

God who made the world and everything in it, He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. From one man He has made every nation of men to live all over the earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live, so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made.

Isaiah 40:22,25-26,28; Acts 17:24-27; Romans 1:20

In God’s Image

God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”

So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.

God blessed them, and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.”

Genesis 1:26-28

The Ten Commandments

Then God spoke all these words:

•     I am the LORD your God. Do not have other gods besides Me.

•     Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them or worship them.

•     Do not misuse the name of the LORD your God, because the LORD will punish anyone who misuses His name.

•     Remember to dedicate the Sabbath day: You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. You must not do any work. For the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy.

•     Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

•     Do not murder.

•     Do not commit adultery.

•     Do not steal.

•     Do not give false testimony against your neighbor.

•     Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Exodus 20:1-17

Rebellion of Mankind

People have abandoned the LORD; they have despised the Holy One; they have turned their backs on Him.

And because they did not think it worthwhile to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, disputes, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. Although they know full well God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.

Isaiah 1:4; Romans 1:28-32


Woe to the wicked! It will go badly for them. As a tongue of fire consumes stubble and dry grass collapses into the flame, so their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD and despised the word of the Holy One. Therefore hell enlarges its throat and opens wide its enormous jaws, and down into it go the dignitaries, the masses, the crowds, and the carousing people.
Isaiah 3:11; 5:14,24

  The Promised Savior
(from the prophecies of Isaiah*)
*Isaiah: The prophet and poet Isaiah lived about 760-698 B.C.
The Messiah

“I, the LORD, have called you
for a righteous purpose,

and I will make you a covenant for the people
and a light to the nations,

in order to open blind eyes,
to bring out prisoners from the dungeon,

and those sitting in darkness
from the prison house.

“Pay attention to Me, My people,
and listen to Me, My nation;

for instruction will come from Me,
and My justice for a light to the nations.

I will bring it about quickly.

My righteousness is near,
My salvation appears,
and My arms will bring justice to the nations.

The coastlands will put their hope in Me,

and they will look to My strength.

The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him—
a Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
a Spirit of counsel and strength,
a Spirit of knowledge
and of the fear of the LORD.”

Isaiah 42:6-7; 51:4-5; 11:2

*Immanuel means “God with us.”

“Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign:

The virgin will conceive, have a son,
and name him Immanuel.*

For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.

He will be named
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

The dominion will be vast,
and its prosperity will never end.”

Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7

The Messiah’s Suffering

“He Himself bore our sicknesses,
and He carried our pains.

He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;

punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.

We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;

and the LORD has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth.

Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
He did not open His mouth.

Yet the LORD was pleased to crush Him,
and He made Him suffer.

My righteous Servant will justify many,
and He will carry their iniquities.”

Isaiah 53:4-7,10-11

  The Savior, Jesus
*Word: The Greek word “Logos,” here translated “Word,” is difficult to translate into English. The Greek philosophers used it to mean the Divine Principle, or Mind, that rules the universe. Other loose translations are logic, reason, meaning, and language. John, Jesus’ disciple, is saying here emphatically that Jesus (the Christ) is the God who created the universe and all things in it.
God Became Man

In the beginning was the Word,*
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

All things were created through Him,
and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created.

Life was in Him,
and that life was the light of men.

The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us.

We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son
from the Father,
full of grace and truth.

No one has ever seen God.
The One and Only Son—

the One who is at the Father’s side—
He has revealed Him.

John 1:1-4,14,18

  An Angel Foretells Jesus’ Birth

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name JESUS. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?”

The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Luke 1:26-36,37

  The Birth of Jesus

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.

And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough because there was no room for them at the inn.

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel,” which is translated “God is with us.”

Luke 2:1-7;
Matthew 1:22-23

*Lamb of God: The Jews of Jesus’ day believed that in order to be cleansed from sin and escape the righteous anger of God, they must sacrifice a lamb to atone for their sin. John called Jesus the “Lamb of God” because he knew that Jesus was destined to die as an atonement for the sins of all mankind.

The Lamb of God

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; I take delight in You!”

As He began His ministry, Jesus was about 30 years old. John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God,* who takes away the sin of the world!” And John testified, “I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God!”

Mark 1:9-11;
Luke 3:23; John 1:29,34
  God Loved the World

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not judged, but anyone who does not believe is already judged, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.”
John 3:16-18

  Jesus’ Teaching and Miracles
Preaching and Healing

From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”

Jesus was going all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Then the news about Him spread throughout Syria. So they brought to Him all those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralytics. And He healed them.

Matthew 4:17,23-24

  The Beatitudes

When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.

Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”

Matthew 5:1-10

*born again: Born again is a new birth and is a complete change. This change occurs by the work of God’s Holy Spirit.

“You Must Be Born Again”

There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Him at night and said, “Teacher, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him.”

Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again,* he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

“But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”

Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again.”

John 3:1-7

Seek the Kingdom of God

Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit.”

Matthew 6:33; 7:13-16

*Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself.
Heaven and Hell

Jesus said, “I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.

“Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come out—those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked things, to the resurrection of judgment.

“The Son of Man* will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!”

John 5:24,28-29; Matthew 13:41-43

The Way, Truth, Life

Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever.”
John 8:12; 14:6; 11:25-26

  The Bread of Life

“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again. Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 6:35,37,39-40

The Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. This is why the Father loves Me, because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father.”

John 10:11,14-15,17-18

  Prediction of His Death

While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the 12 disciples aside privately and said to them on the way: “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death. Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and He will be resurrected on the third day.”
Matthew 20:17-19

Parables of the Kingdom

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea. It collected every kind of fish, and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but threw out the worthless ones. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous, and throw them into the blazing furnace. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Matthew 13:44-50

*synagogue: A place where the Jewish people met for prayer, worship, and teaching of the scriptures.
Driving Out a Demon

Then they went into Capernaum, and right away Jesus entered the synagogue* on the Sabbath and began to teach.

Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, “What do You have to do with us, Jesus Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”

But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit convulsed him, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.

Then they were all amazed, so they began to argue with one another, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”

Mark 1:21,23-27

Calming a Storm

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.”

A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was being swamped. But Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him up and said to Him, “Teacher! Don’t you care that we’re going to die?”

Jesus got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Then He said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?”

And they were terrified and asked one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Mark 4:35,37-41

  Raising a Widow’s Son

He was on His way to a town called Nain. His disciples and a large crowd were traveling with Him. Just as He neared the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was also with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said, “Don’t cry.” Then He came up and touched the open coffin, and the pallbearers stopped. And He said, “Young man, I tell you, get up!”

The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Then fear came over everyone, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited His people.”
Luke 7:11-16

Feeding 5,000

Jesus took His disciples along and withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida. When the crowds found out, they followed Him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who needed healing.

Late in the day, the Twelve approached and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find food and lodging, because we are in a deserted place here.”

“You give them something to eat,” He told them.

“We have no more than five loaves and two fish,” they said, “unless we go and buy food for all these people.” About 5,000 men were there.

Then He told His disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about 50 each.” They did so, and had them all sit down. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them. He kept giving them to the disciples to set before the crowd.

Everyone ate and was filled. Then they picked up 12 baskets of leftover pieces.

Luke 9:10-17

A Blind Man Healed

They came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!” Many people told him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!”

Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; He’s calling for you.” He threw off his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

“My Teacher,” the blind man told Him, “I want to see!”

“Go your way,” Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed you.” Immediately he could see and began to follow Him on the road.

Mark 10:46-52

  Jesus’ Sacrifice
*Pharisees: A religious sect in Judaism that followed the whole written and oral law.
Jesus Is Rejected

Even though Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in Him. But this was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet, who said: “Lord, who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

Nevertheless, many did believe in Him even among the rulers, but because of the Pharisees* they did not confess Him, so they would not be banned from the synagogue.

John 12:37-38,42

  Judas Betrays Jesus

Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was numbered among the Twelve. He went away and discussed with the chief priests and temple police how he could hand Him over to them. They were glad and agreed to give him silver. So he accepted the offer and started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him to them when the crowd was not present.
Luke 22:3-6

*Passover: The Israelite festival celebrating God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt.
The Last Supper

Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

While they were reclining and eating [at the Passover* meal], Jesus said, “I assure you: One of you will betray Me—one who is eating with Me!”

They began to be distressed and to say to Him one by one, “Surely not I?”

He said to them, “It is one of the Twelve—the one who is dipping bread with Me in the bowl. For the Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

John 13:1; Mark 14:18-21

*covenant: An agreement, in this case between God and His people.
A New Covenant

As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.” Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood that establishes the covenant;* it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Matthew 26:26-28


After Jesus had said these things, He went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, and He and His disciples went into it.

He told them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Then He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and began to pray, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me—nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done.”

Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. When He got up from prayer and came to the disciples, He found them sleeping, exhausted from their grief.

John 18:1; Luke 22:40-45


Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with His disciples. So Judas took a company of soldiers and some temple police from the chief priests and the Pharisees and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

His betrayer had given them a sign: “The One I kiss, He’s the One; arrest Him!” So he went right up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Teacher!” and kissed Him.

Then the company of soldiers, the commander, and the Jewish temple police arrested Jesus and tied Him up.

All this happened so that the prophetic Scriptures would be fulfilled. Then all the disciples deserted Him and ran away.

Those who had arrested Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had convened.

John 18:2-3;
Matthew 26:48-49; John 18:12;
Matthew 26:56-57

*Sanhedrin: The supreme council of Judaism with 70 members.
The trial at the Sanhedrin

The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin* were looking for false testimony against Jesus so they could put Him to death. But they could not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward.

Then the high priest said to Him, “By the living God I place You under oath: tell us if You are the Messiah, the Son of God!”

“You have said it,” Jesus told him. “But I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Look, now you’ve heard the blasphemy! What is your decision?”

They answered, “He deserves death!” Then they spit in His face and beat Him; others slapped Him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah! Who hit You?”

Matthew 26:59-60,63-68

Before Pilate

When daybreak came, they led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate, the [Roman] governor.

Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”

“It’s not legal for us to put anyone to death,” the Jews declared.

Then Pilate went back into the headquarters, summoned Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

Jesus answered, “Are you asking this on your own, or have others told you about Me?”

“I’m not a Jew, am I?” Pilate replied. “Your own nation and the chief priests handed You over to me. What have You done?”

“My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus.

“You are a king then?” Pilate asked.

“You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.”

“What is truth?” said Pilate.

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no grounds for charging Him.”

Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged.

Matthew 27:1-2; John 18:31,33-38; 19:1

Pilate tries to Save Jesus

Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

When the chief priests and the temple police saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

Pilate responded, “Take Him and crucify Him yourselves, for I find no grounds for charging Him.”

“We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. So Pilate said to Him, “You’re not talking to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify You?”

“You would have no authority over Me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above.”

From that moment Pilate made every effort to release Him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!”

John 19:5-12

  The Death Sentence

When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was starting instead, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. See to it yourselves!”

All the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”

So then, because of them, Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified.

Matthew 27:24-25;
John 19:16

  The Crucifixion

Therefore they took Jesus away. Carrying His own cross, He went out to what is called Skull Place, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified Him and two others with Him, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.

Pilate also had a sign lettered and put on the cross. The inscription was:


John 19:16-19

Jesus’ Death

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. At about three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Jesus shouted again with a loud voice, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom; the earth quaked and the rocks were split.

When the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they were terrified and said, “This man really was God’s Son!”

Matthew 27:45-46; John 19:30;
Matthew 27:51,54

His Burial

When it was already evening, because it was preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came and boldly went in to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He had already died. When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph.

After he bought some fine linen, he took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen. Then he placed Him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were watching where He was placed.

Mark 15:42-47

The Sealed Grave

The next day, which followed the preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember that while this deceiver was still alive, He said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore give orders that the tomb be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come, steal Him, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ Then the last deception will be worse than the first.”

“You have a guard of soldiers,” Pilate told them. “Go and make it as secure as you know how.” Then they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting the guard.

Matthew 27:62-66

  Jesus’ Resurrection
Resurrection Morning

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.

But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here! He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”

Matthew 28:1-7

  Jesus Appears to the Women

So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. Just then Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”

Returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven and to all the rest. But these words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women.

Matthew 28:8-10;
Luke 24:9,11

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

And as they were saying these things, Jesus Himself stood among them. He said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost. “Why are you troubled?” He asked them. “And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” Having said this, He showed them His hands and feet.

Then He told them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

Luke 24:36-40,44

*Scriptures: The Bible, as we call it. At that time, it was the Old Testament.
“Go Into All the World”

Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.* He also said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Luke 24:45-48;
Matthew 28:18-20

Taken Up into Heaven

After Jesus had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them. He was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

While He was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olive Grove, which is near Jerusalem—a Sabbath day’s journey away.

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the accompanying signs.

Acts 1:3; Luke 24:50;
Acts 1:9-12; Mark 16:20

  Jesus’ Second Coming
*Daniel: The prophet Daniel lived about 620-520 B.C. He was a Jewish captive in Babylon, and later a prime minister in both Babylon and Persia.

An Everlasting Kingdom

(prophecies from Daniel*)

I continued watching in the night visions, and I saw One like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted before Him. He was given authority to rule, and glory, and a kingdom; so that those of every people, nation, and language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to shame and eternal contempt.

Daniel 7:13-14; 12:2-3
*Malachi: The prophet Malachi lived about 400 B.C.

The Day of the Lord

(prophecies from Malachi*)

“For indeed, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble. The coming day will consume them,” says the LORD of Hosts, “not leaving them root or branches. But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall.”

Malachi 4:1-2
*Amen means “it is true.”

*Alpha and Omega: The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.

The Glorious Return

(prophecies from Revelation)

“Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, including those who pierced Him. And all the families of the earth will mourn over Him. This is certain. Amen.*”

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,*” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:7-8

*Hades: The Greek word for the place of the dead.
The Final Judgment

Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.

Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades* gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And anyone [whose name was] not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:11-15

The Great Throng in White Robes

After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

“They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His sanctuary. The Lamb who is at the center of the throne will shepherd them; He will guide them to springs of living waters.”

Revelation 7:9-10,14-15,17

All Things New

I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea existed no longer. I also saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.

Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: “Look! God’s dwelling is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will exist no longer; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:1-4

  The Time Is Near

“Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to attest these things to you for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright Morning Star.”

Both the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Anyone who hears should say, “Come!” And the one who is thirsty should come. Whoever desires should take the living water as a gift.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.

Revelation 22:12,14-17,21

  Salvation Through Jesus
The World Guilty Before God

There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands,
there is no one who seeks God.

All have turned away,
together they have become useless;
there is no one who does good,
there is not even one.

Their throat is an open grave;
they deceive with their tongues.

Vipers’ venom is under their lips.

Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.

Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and wretchedness are in their paths,
and the path of peace they have not known.

There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Romans 3:10-18

*grace: The forgiveness and kindness of God shown to us even though we don’t deserve it.
The Good News

But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed—attested by the Law and the Prophets—that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace* through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented Him [Jesus] as an offering of atonement through faith in His blood.
Romans 3:21-25

Righteousness by Faith Alone

This righteousness will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, “No one who believes in Him will be put to shame,” for there is no distinction, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 4:24-25; 10:9-13

Get Right with God

Be reconciled to God. He made the One [Jesus] who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Don’t receive God’s grace in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time, I heard you, and in the day of salvation, I helped you.” Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21; 6:1-2

God’s Grace to Us

For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:6-11; 6:23

*Abba: The Aramaic word for “father.”
Children of God

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was weakened by our flesh, God did. He condemned the sin in our flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to our fleshly desires but according to the Spirit.

You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you.

All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba,* Father!”

Romans 8:1-4,9,14-15

  Eternal Things

Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For in Christ the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
Colossians 2:8-10

*advocate: One called alongside to help, counsel, or protect; it is also used of the Holy Spirit.

*propitiation: A propitiatory sacrifice, or an offering of atonement. The word “propitiation” has to do with the removal of divine wrath. Jesus’ death is the means that turns God’s wrath from the sinner.

Christ Is the Love of God

My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate* with the Father—Jesus Christ the righteous One. He Himself is the propitiation* for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2

  True Worship

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:1-2

  Songs and Prayers
(from the Psalms)
A Prayer of Repentance

Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.

Wash away my guilt,

and cleanse me from my sin.

For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.

Against You—You alone—I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight.

So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge.

Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,
and You teach me wisdom deep within.

Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones You have crushed rejoice.

Turn Your face away from my sins
and blot out all my guilt.

God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not banish me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
and give me a willing spirit.

Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways,
and sinners will return to You.

Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God,
the God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.

Psalm 51:1-14

  The Lord Is My Shepherd

The LORD is my shepherd;
there is nothing I lack.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life;

He leads me along the right paths
for His name’s sake.

Even when I go through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger,

for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff— they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me
all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23

The Forgiving God

My soul, praise the LORD,
and all that is within me, praise His holy name.

My soul, praise the LORD,
and do not forget all His benefits.

He forgives all your sin;
He heals all your diseases.

He redeems your life from the Pit;
He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.

He satisfies you with goodness;
your youth is renewed like the eagle.

The LORD executes acts of righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

He revealed His ways to Moses,
His deeds to the people of Israel.

The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and full of faithful love.

He will not always accuse us
or be angry forever.

He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve
or repaid us according to our offenses.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who fear Him.

As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion
on those who fear Him.

For He knows what we are made of,
remembering that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass—
he blooms like a flower of the field;

when the wind passes over it, it vanishes,
and its place is no longer known.

But from eternity to eternity
the LORD’s faithful love
is toward those who fear Him,

and His righteousness toward the grandchildren
of those who keep His covenant,
who remember to observe His instructions.

The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
and His kingdom rules over all.

Praise the LORD,
all His angels of great strength,

who do His word,
obedient to His command.

Praise the LORD, all His armies,
His servants who do His will.

Praise the LORD, all His works
in all the places where He rules.

My soul, praise the LORD!

Psalm 103