The crucifixion is the focal point of all of humanity. Without the death of Christ there is no salvation, no atonement, and no forgiveness of sin. The salvation of every Old Testament believer looked forward to the crucifixion. The salvation of every New Testament believer looks back to the crucifixion. The Christian faith exists because Jesus died on the cross. There is no event in all of history that you should be more familiar with than how your Savior died.
John, the closest of all of Jesus disciples, wrote his eye witness account of Jesus’ death for one reason. John 20:31 “… so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Our passage today is entirely an eye witness account. We will spend our time walking through the events as they play out. Then, I will make some application at the end.