On a cold, wintry day, January 13, 1982, an airplane crashed into a bridge in
, and plunged into the icy
. Many people were killed, but six people hung on to the plane’s tail while men in a helicopter threw them a life preserver. The water was very cold, and it was hard to hang on to the plane. These people were afraid they might die before their turn came to grab the life preserver and be carried to safety.
Every time the rescuers lowered the life preserver to one man, he passed it to someone else so the other person could be rescued first. He did this until everyone else had been rescued, but then he could not hold on any longer. When the helicopter came back to get him, he had slipped under the water. He died before anyone could save him.
The "sixth passenger", who had survived the crash and had repeatedly given up the rescue lines to other survivors before drowning, was later identified as 46-year-old bank examiner Arland D. Williams Jr.
Why do you think this man kept passing the lifer preservers to others?
How would you feel if you had been one of the people this man had saved?
John 10:17-18 – Jesus willingly gave up his life
 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Adam and Eve became subject to death because they ate the forbidden fruit. Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to overcome death. Through Christ’s resurrection, we will also be resurrected.
1 Corinthians 15:20-22
 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
 And sitting down they watched him there;
 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.
 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counseller; and he was a good man, and a just:
 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
Review. What do you remember about….
– carried Jesus cross
Two thieves – were crucified with Jesus.
Mary, the mother of Jesus – Jesus asked John to care for his mother.
John the Beloved
Joseph of Arimathea