He did no wrong. In His heart there was no evil. The only thing He was guilty of was loving a people who hated Him. A people whom He created.
People who were so far away from Him that He chose to leave His glorious throne in Heaven, to come down to earth in the form of human flesh, just to bring them close to Him.
He was perfect in all of His ways. His only desire was to show love and mercy; to forgive, heal, and set free.
Yet, they came to the quiet and humble Jesus with swords in their hands and wickedness in their hearts. On that one historical night, He was betrayed with a kiss for a measly thirty pieces of silver.
His disciples, the only ones He could count on, fled and left Him standing all alone. He was seized and taken by the mob. They stood Him before the chief priests and elders like a monkey on display. They tried their best to find a way to put Him to death.
“I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” demanded the high priest (Matthew 26:63 NKJV).
“Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64 NLT).
“Blasphemy!” they cried. “He is guilty of death,” they said as they began to spit in His face and strike Him with the palms of their hands. But in all this Jesus didn’t fight back. Not in word or in deed.
In the morning, He was tied up and marched to the governor, Pontius Pilate. When He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He held His peace and answered them not a single word.
When the crowd of people were given a choice of which prisoner they wanted released, they yelled for Barabbas, a murderer to be freed instead of Jesus, the one who knew no sin; the one who healed their sick and fed them fish and bread when they were hungry; the one who came to give them life, but whom they did sentence to death.
Although they couldn’t find any reason to charge Him, the people yelled, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” And they confirmed the evil intent of their hearts by saying, “His blood be on us, and on our children.“
So, Jesus was sentenced to death and was beaten. In agony and torment, Christ, the gentle lamb of God, endured horrible pain, as pieces of flesh were ripped from His back with every strike of the whip.
Afterward, they stripped Him down, put a robe on His back, a crown of thorns on His head, and mocked Him saying,“Hail, King of the Jews!” They spit on Him and hit Him on the head. They ridiculed and despised Him.
Then, as a lamb led to the slaughter, they led Him away to be crucified.
He remained quiet and protested not as He carried His cross on His mutilated back. He was weak and out of breath, barely having enough strength to stand.
He must have been so close to the point of death, that His murderers felt the need to recruit a man, named Simon, to carry His cross for Him.
He could have prayed to God at anytime to send down more than twelve legions of angels to rescue Him.
But, instead He kept walking – for us.
Finally, they came to a place called Golgotha, or Calvary, and it was there where the Lord of Glory was crucified.
It was there where they attached Him to the cross by driving nails into His upper and lower extremities.
It was at Calvary where He hung upright on the tree, hanging only by the flesh of His hands and feet.
He may have struggled to see as the blood ran down His face and into His eyes, as a result of the thorny crown digging deep into His scalp.
In excruciating pain and amazing anguish, He spoke not a word against His murderers. Instead, He prayed for them saying, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.”
Then, Heaven began to mourn. Darkness fell down and covered the entire land beginning from the sixth hour until the ninth hour. In all this time, Jesus remained hanging faithfully on the cross.
They say He could have come down if He wanted to. But, if He had, He would have lost us. He had us on His mind, therefore, He chose to hang on because He couldn’t let us go.
Suddenly, those who stood nearby heard Jesus cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Then, after someone ran and got Him a drink, Jesus uttered His final words, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit’ “ and “It is finished.”
Then, He died. He willingly and graciously paid the price for our sins with His life.
He took our place on the cross and endured a death that each one of us should have had to face. He took the fall for us. He died so that we could live with Him eternally in Heaven.
He died so that we could have the opportunity to be reunited with God, by rescuing us from our fallen state, which began with Adam and Eve.
Therefore, the day Jesus died is a day of mourning, yet a day of rejoicing. It’s a day to reflect on death, but a day to celebrate life.
The day Jesus died is not a day of despair, but a day of hope because three days later, God raised Him from the dead. He now sits at the right hand of God, very much alive, and interceding on our behalf.
We know our Savior is no longer in the grave, but that He is risen! The day Jesus died, His life was not taken from Him, but He laid it down for us – willingly.We know our Savior is no longer in the grave, but that He is risen! The day Jesus died, His life was not taken from Him, but He laid it down for us – willingly. Click To Tweet
The Bible brings to our attention, the fact that very rarely for an upright person would someone be willing to die; maybe for a really good person someone would even dare to die. But God showed His own love toward us by allowing Jesus to die for us, even when we were still living in rebellion to Him (Romans 5:7-8). Even when we hated Him.
Christ gave His life simply because He wanted us to be with Him. He wanted us to be set free from the shackles of evil, hopelessness, and from the grasp of the devil.
Therefore, because He died and rose again, we have this promise: That “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13 NIV).
What a wonderful promise! All hail King Jesus, The Mighty Risen Savior! Your mercy endures forever! Forever You will reign!
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:9 NIV