Jesus died when He was ready to die

Matthew Bible Background

03.16.2018 – New Testament: Mark 15.44

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 15.27–47 on March 16, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Jews and the Romans thought that they put Jesus to death, but truly He died when He was ready, which was according to the Father’s plan. That is why Pilate had this reaction when he heard that Jesus had died,

Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time (Mark 15.44).

Most men took three to six days to die, but Jesus died after only six hours. He did not die after only six hours because He was weak; no, He committed His spirit to the Father when the timing was right. Jesus had full control of His death.


  • How often do you think of the death of Jesus?
  • How does His death affect you?

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