I have come to understand that the stories of Jesus’s crucifixion in all four gospels of the bible were written to pass the lesson on to us. If we imagine, maybe we will see ourselves in the crowd shouting, "Crucify him" or maybe even denying him three times as Peter did. Would we have mocked him or stood by and did nothing while the soldiers flogged him? The intention of trying to imagine is so that we place ourselves in the drama. It is then that we can better understand and be moved emotionally by the tragic events unfolding. We can learn that what happened to Jesus Christ is an accusation against humanity. We are all broken and weak, and we are all in need of God’s forgiveness.
[Humans throughout history have been capable of treating one another inhumanly. In our weakness and fear of ridicule or something worse, we humans have continually found ourselves not wanting to get involved or blindly going along with the mob, that in other times we might have opposed. Standing by and doing nothing is a human condition. I have often wondered and hoped about whether we can ever ascend above our human nature.]
As the day progressed, the sky darkened, and Jesus cried out in anguish when it seemed that God was nowhere near, but He never faltered from His absolute affirmation and trust in a faithful God. Throughout the gospels, Jesus's thirst, pain and suffering affirms that He was the same as you and me, and yet oh so much more! When I realize that He decided with purpose, to offer himself as a sacrifice to atone for my sins, I am struck with incredible humbleness to the point of trembling with awe. The moment He died on the cross, the temple curtain in half, revealing the end of our separation from God because of our sin. Jesus became our priest and our intercessor with God.
Looking at the cross reminds me of my own sin, and my own brokenness. Without Jesus to show me the way, I would be stumbling in the dark with no hope of redemption. The empty cross and tomb is my reminder of my savior being raised up and defying death and evil! He chose to be the final sacrificial lamb for you and me because His love for us was so great! He has shown that in the end, He is the victor. The battle will continue until He returns, so until then, I will continue to hope and pray that we can learn from that tragic day and aspire to want to change for the better towards one another. God gives us that opportunity as He invites us into a relationship with Him, through His gift of eternal peace, grace, mercy and love.
Kathy Goodhew, author
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.