Jesus nailed to the cross

"The crucifixion of Jesus is sufficient for all, but is efficient only for those who accept His gift.” (Source Unknown).

Crucifixion

Calvary is at the crossroads of history and eternity. Actually the pathway of the cross began in eternity. The book of Revelation says that Jesus was “the lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). Someone has said, “The cross was no ambulance sent to an accident.”  The cross was on the drawing board of the heavenly Father from the beginning. All through human history the cross was predicted and it was destined that Jesus Christ one day would die there.

They nailed Jesus to a cross and gambled to see who would get His clothes (v. 24). The time of the crucifixion was “the third hour” (v. 25) which was about nine o’clock in the morning.  The soldiers rolled the dice to see which one would get His outer robe. A Jewish man in those days always wore five articles of clothing. The inner robe, the outer robe, the sandals, the girdle and the turban. Jesus was crucified between two thieves (vv. 27-28), which was not unusual for Him to be around sinners. In fact three crosses were there that day. One man died in sin; one man died to sin; and one man died for sin. It appears that probably the middle cross that Jesus was on had probably been intended for Barabbas.

 

Application

Jesus died on that cross for me and the penalty for my sins were part of His death. The only adequate response I can make is to confess my sin and freely accept the fact that Jesus paid for it so I won’t have to.

Mark 15:24-32 (English Standard Version)

And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the Jews." And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!" So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

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