Crucifixion

CRUCIFIXION

So Pilate delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”.
Jn.19:16-19

What an amazing God! He is sovereign, ruling all things to fulfill His pleasure, and He steps back to allow His Son such incredible mistreatment. When you think of the unjust beating, the whipping, the cursing, the spitting upon this innocent man, it all seems so unjust. Actually, His death is all about justice. Crimes had been committed against God, man had horribly offended His maker. We were hopelessly wandering in the results of our sinful behavior until the kindness of God appeared in the person of Jesus Christ. Actually the wrath of God was upon all of us, at least until this incredible display of justice and mercy at the cross. John says it best in John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
The wrath of God? Nobody in this day and age talks about the wrath of God. God has been reinvented by modern man. He is so inclusive and never judgmental, or is He? Actually God is just and holy as well as merciful. The sins of all of mankind have to be dealt with, never overlooked. The options are only twofold, accept His offer of His sacrificial death or reject Him. If you reject Him the consequences are unspeakable, as John said, the wrath of God abides on you.
Many of us were deeply effected several years ago as we watched the suffering of Christ portrayed in the movie, “The Passion of the Christ”. I will never forget the feelings I felt as Jesus was being beaten beyond recognition by the Roman soldiers, I wanted to stop them. I was so angry at their unthinkable treatment of our Lord, and then I remembered, it was God who bruised His Son, these wicked men were just pawns, fulfilling the plans of God. Actually, it was you and it was me that crucified Christ. My sins were the nails that were driven into His hands. God was displaying His love for me in the death of His Son. This Easter, take another trip to the hill called Golgotha. As you look again at His death on the cross, remember these words, “No greater love can a man have than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends”.

CRUCIFIXION

So Pilate delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”.
Jn.19:16-19

What an amazing God! He is sovereign, ruling all things to fulfill His pleasure, and He steps back to allow His Son such incredible mistreatment. When you think of the unjust beating, the whipping, the cursing, the spitting upon this innocent man, it all seems so unjust. Actually, His death is all about justice. Crimes had been committed against God, man had horribly offended His maker. We were hopelessly wandering in the results of our sinful behavior until the kindness of God appeared in the person of Jesus Christ. Actually the wrath of God was upon all of us, at least until this incredible display of justice and mercy at the cross. John says it best in John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
The wrath of God? Nobody in this day and age talks about the wrath of God. God has been reinvented by modern man. He is so inclusive and never judgmental, or is He? Actually God is just and holy as well as merciful. The sins of all of mankind have to be dealt with, never overlooked. The options are only twofold, accept His offer of His sacrificial death or reject Him. If you reject Him the consequences are unspeakable, as John said, the wrath of God abides on you.
Many of us were deeply effected several years ago as we watched the suffering of Christ portrayed in the movie, “The Passion of the Christ”. I will never forget the feelings I felt as Jesus was being beaten beyond recognition by the Roman soldiers, I wanted to stop them. I was so angry at their unthinkable treatment of our Lord, and then I remembered, it was God who bruised His Son, these wicked men were just pawns, fulfilling the plans of God. Actually, it was you and it was me that crucified Christ. My sins were the nails that were driven into His hands. God was displaying His love for me in the death of His Son. This Easter, take another trip to the hill called Golgotha. As you look again at His death on the cross, remember these words, “No greater love can a man have than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends”.

2 Replies to “Crucifixion”

  1. The thought of this scripture has swirled in my head before; John 15: 13, “No greater love can a man have than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends”.
    Matthew 12:30 also surfaces; (NLV), Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me
    I thank God for that love that is beyond human love, Christ gave His life for me when I opposed Him, not His friend.
    Romans 5:8, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
    Thank You Lord for loving me when I didn’t love You!!!!!!!

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