Mark 15:22-39; 1 Peter 2:21-24
The solders nailed Jesus to a wooden cross. Then they stood the cross upright in the ground, and Jesus hung there until He died. In those days it was the custom to kill the worst criminals in this cruel way. Two criminals were also put on crosses that day. But Jesus was not a criminal; He was innocent. He had done no wrong. That day He was dying for other peoples' sins, not His own. He was dying for the sins of the people who were alive then, but also for the sins of people who would come later. His death takes away the sins of all who want to turn from their sinful ways and accept His Sacrifice as their own sacrifice. When Jesus died, He made the perfect sacrifice. He paid for the sins of all people with His sinless blood. God has said that all other sacrifice is no longer necessary because Jesus made the perfect sacrifice.