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Why The Crucifixion Matters

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We have all heard and read the crucifixion story many times. In fact, we may be so familiar with the facts of the story that we are not as moved by it as we once were.

We look at the passion week as the time in Christ’s life where his suffering begins, but his entire life was one of suffering. Even as a small child he experienced an attempt on his life that caused his parents to have to flee the country.  Not much is known about his childhood years but I would assume that he was no stranger to loneliness since he was the perfect Son of God living among people who were filled with sin and selfishness. We know that once he became a man and started his ministry he was ridiculed and rejected not only by the religious authorities, but also by his own people. He was tempted by the devil and then tortured by the sinners he came to save. Horatius Bonar said that his entire life was “but a pilgrimage to Calvary with the cross upon his shoulders.”

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Is. 53:3

And he did this for you and for me!

He suffered for those he came to save and his suffering ultimately ended in his death on the cross.

Why does the Crucifixion matter?

On the cross Christ experienced the full force of God’s wrath against sin. Every single ounce of God’s justified anger, which was once meant for us, was satisfied by the blood of the one who was and is holy, righteous and perfect.  It is hard for us to understand how great a debt we owe because we don’t really understand the horrendous nature of sin.

The crucifixion also matters because on the cross God’s love shines most brightly. You want to know how much God loves you? Look to the cross where he sacrificed his son for your sins–many of which we aren’t even sorry for. If you ever doubt the love of God for you go to the cross and really think about what he has done for you. Marvel, weep, and rejoice.

Through the crucifixion you were rescued from the power of sin and the torture of hell. You were placed into the family of God, given Christ’s robe of righteousness, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and given a new heart. This kind of love can’t ever be broken or undone.

While we must give an answer to God for our life, Christ has become our answer. We experience many sorrows in this life, but Jesus became the “Man of Sorrows” in order to procure for us an inheritance which includes everlasting joy in the presence of God himself.

I am not sure if you are familiar with this song, but we sing it often at our church. This should be our response to the cross of our Lord.

“Man of Sorrows,” what a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood;
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless, we,
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full redemption—can it be?
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die,
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high;
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
To His kingdom us to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Looking to Jesus,
jen-sig

 

 

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Comments

  1. jackie s says:

    i thought of the song you posted while i was reading your post! it is such a simple song with incredible depth to the words. I agree – how to begin to comprehend what Jesus has done for me.

  2. It is amazing that Jesus loves me so much that he would live a life of sorrow so I could live a life complete and full of joy. Because he is a father that loves to see his child happy he took on the difficult days…for me (us) :)

  3. Hearing the message of the cross and feeling cut to the heart is only the beginnning. Similar to the Jews in Acts 2 who cut to the heart at the message of the cross and asked “Brothers what shall we do” I believe the bible calls us to repent and be baptized in response to the cross.

  4. alaneta tate says:

    (It is hard for us to understand how great a debt we owe because we don’t really understand the horrendous nature of sin.) This is so powerful and true,we don’t know the depth of Satan, but the Ransom should always be a reminder of how we should know the depth of our faith, praise, prayers and worship to God. Knowing is understanding why the crucifixion matters,

  5. I have loved “Hallelujah! What a Savior” from the moment I first heard it (which was maybe only 10 years ago). Profound! I actually included it in my post on this second week’s study. I am really glad I have joined you this session for it is drawing me closer to the Lord as we near Easter. Praising God for your ministry.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    The post is @ http://beingwoven.org/2014/04/11/why-the-crucifixion-matters-gmg-study/

  6. SaraCulbreath says:

    WOW!!!! What a Savior!!! Thank you for the fresh perspective of our sin and how we don’t even comprehend what the cost of our sin really is. I had never thought of it like that before. That is powerful!!

  7. Whyy visitors still use to read news papers when in this
    technological globe the whole thing is accessible on net?

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