Broken on the Cross
Carmel MTC, Boston MA
“They had crucified him ...” (Matt.27:35)
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me "(John 14:6). Jesus declares the reason for His death is to provide the way to heaven for sinful mankind, who could never get there on their own.
God, in His grace and mercy, provided a way out of this by the crucifixion of His Son on the cross. Jesus humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. God’s plan for Jesus was to die as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life "(John 3:16).
Without Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins, no one would have eternal life. God declared that all who sin will die, both physically and spiritually. This is the fate of all mankind. But God, in His grace and mercy, provided a way out of this dilemma, the shed blood of His perfect Son on the cross. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22)
Many people came to watch Jesus hang on the cross. Some came because they loved Him and others because they hated Him. Those who loved Him may have been hoping to witness Him being miraculously delivered. As Jesus is dying on the cross, many people pass by and encourage Him to come down from the cross if He is the Son of God. Others are waiting to see if God will rescue Him.
Some of us may be like the soldiers and may have heard the message of the cross so many times that we have become hardened and indifferent to the suffering of Jesus.
Some of us may be like the travelers who pass by the cross, and making comments like “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God”
Some of us may be like the religious leaders who see Jesus as someone you want to avoid, reject and get rid of because you love your self-centered, godless lifestyle too much and He would want to change things. ““He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.”
Some of us may be like the criminal on the cross who knew Jesus was innocent and realized that He was who He claimed to be and asked Jesus if he could be included in His coming Kingdom.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34).We see in the cross God’s immeasurable love for sinners. It was this love that moved Him to bear the heavy load of our sin.
PRAYERDear Lord help us to come closer to You and understand Your ways. May the love of God touch everyone by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:"If we want proof of God’s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God’s love for us." (Jerry Bridges)