They Crucified Him
Today is the day that all believers must stand in front of the cross and look up.
Mark 15:25-32 - It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: The King of the Jews. They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. (NIV)
Jesus was crucified in a very public place, a hill called Golgotha, which means “the place of the skull.” Crucifixions were much like the reality entertainment of that day. The diverse crowd seemed to dismiss the two dying thieves as not worthy of attention, but they found a certain satisfaction in heaping insults on Jesus as he hung from the cross.
The religious leaders who believed they had finally defeated Jesus, stood in front of the very Savior of the world and mocked him. They gloated, “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!” He did save others, and in order to save many, he chose not to save himself.
Jesus was innocent. Yet there he was, accepting the abuse and shame. It wasn’t nails that kept him on the cross, it was love. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13). His words.
On this day, the most important Friday in history, the heart of God was on full display for all the world to see. Can you see it?
Questions to Consider
When you stand in front of the cross, what do you see?
How do you respond to the fact that Jesus endured all this for you?
Talking to God
Don’t be afraid to consider the cross, in all its terror and glory, because it was God’s design for reconciling you to himself. Worship your Savior today, thanking God for how far he was willing to go to make you his own.