"It is finished."
About this time each year the children of God cast over in
their minds three great events in Jesus' sojourn on earth. They
have for generations before us; it is edifying to us when
commercialism has been set aside.
He who was ". . . KING OF THE JEWS." was rejected by the
Jewish religious hierarchy. They say"we have no king but Caesar"
John 19:15. The followers of Jesus had no voice or choice in the
matter. They were disturbed beyond words but they were helpless.
Pilate made a feeble effort to stop the cry of Jewish bigots.
It turns out to be a matter of destiny that Jesus should die. The
custom of this annual crucifixion of Jewish criminals was altered
so Barabbas would be free and the innocent Jesus would be put
to death as a sinner of sinners.
The fact is, it proved to be the way He ". . . should taste death
for every man", Hebrews 2:9. He could thus bring many sons
unto glory, vs 10. He made restitution for the sins of the people,
His death was of the cruelest in history. It was a gruesome
death to be crucified. It was designed to punish criminals and to
put fear into the subjected nation.
Faintly can we fathom the embarrassment that would confront
Him - - - He was the sinless Son of God, and to be crucified as
a vicious sinner was enough to shock one. Yet willingly He died
for you and I - - - those who recognize it and are repentive for their
sins and in a sorrow look to Him for forgiveness will have their
sins washed away. He died that we might live, everlastingly. DDH.
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