Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Who Crucified Jesus?
Luke 23:33-38
When they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. (Luke 23:33)
When looking at Rembrandt’s painting of The Three Crosses, your attention is drawn first to the cross on which Jesus died. Then as you look at the crowd gathered around the foot of that cross, you are impressed by the various facial expressions and actions of the people involved in the awful crime of crucifying the Son of God. Finally, your eyes drift to the edge of the painting to catch sight of another figure, almost hidden in the shadows. Some art critics say this is a representation of Rembrandt himself, for he recognized that by his sins he helped nail Jesus to the cross.
Someone has said, “It is a simple thing to say that Christ died for the sins of the world. It is quite another thing to say that Christ died for my sins. . . . It is a shocking thought that we can be as indifferent as Pilate, as scheming as Caiaphas, as callous as the soldiers, as ruthless as the mob, or as cowardly as the disciples. It wasn’t just what theydid—it was I who nailed Him to the tree. I crucified the Christ of God. I joined the mockery.”
Place yourself in the shadows with Rembrandt. You too are standing there. But then recall what Jesus said as He hung on that cross, “Father, forgive them.” Thank God, that includes you and me.
Jesus thank you for the price you paid to save me from my sins.Amen.

Behold the Savior of mankind Nailed to the shameful tree! How vast the love that Him inclined To bleed and die for thee! 
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church