Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mission Completed

Jesus has come to the supreme, crowning act of His life on earth.
It was not a crisis, but a climax.
He came to earth to give his life a ransom for many.

Finally the make-believe trials are over.
It is morning at last, and yet it seems like night.
It is the world's blackest hour.
The courtyard is deserted.
The fire at which Peter warmed himself is only gray ashes.
The soldiers' jeers and Herod's sneers and Pilate's vacillation are over.

The brief interval between Peter's denial and Jesus' climbing the hill to Golgotha was crowded with incidents. The night trial before Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin probably preceded the last denial of Peter.
Then came the awful treatment up to the morning session of the Sanhedrin.

Often the cruel scourging of the Romans was so severe that prisoners died under the torturing blows.

The crown of thorns, which was thrust upon His holy brow, was only another act of cruel torture. When He comes again He will bring many crowns (Rev. 19:12)

Finally Pilate led Him forth and said, Behold the Man! What a sight! To see the Creator of this universe, the Light and Life of the world, the Holy One treated so! But Satan energized the rulers of the Jews, and they cried, Crucify Him!... he made himself the Son of God!

At the cross we have hate's record at its worst,
and love's record at its best.
Man so hated that he put Christ to death.
God so loved that He gave men life.

Our Saviour has done all on the cross. He bore our sins and when He gave up His life, He said, "It is finished!"

This was the shout of a conqueror. He had finished man's redemption. Nothing was left for man to do.

Jesus was crucified on Golgotha, "place of a skull."
He is crucified there today-- in men's minds.
They crucify Him afresh and put Him to an open shame.

Salvation is costly.
Christ died for our sins (1 cor. 15:3)
It cost Him His life.

Survey of the Bible ( Henrietta C. Mears)
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1 comment:

Maxine said...

Amen. May our Lord be praised.