Lk.23:27- And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him.

This is one of the greatest of all mysteries, the crucifixion of Jesus. Peter said that He was tortured at the hands of wicked men to fulfill the predetermined plan of God. Isaiah said, “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him, putting Him to grief”. This is the place where mercy kissed the justice of God. For me I saw this clearest when I watched the movie “The Passion of the Christ”. I found myself angry at the violent Roman soldiers as they beat and crucified the Lord. I wanted to rush the screen and stop the beating. My anger turned to tears of repentance as I suddenly realized that I was the Roman soldier, my sins had brought Jesus to the cross. Then I saw for myself, mercy had triumphed over judgement, the blood of Jesus satisfied the justice of God. Here is how Charles Spurgeon described this scene.

“When my soul can, in imagination, see the Savior bearing His cross to Calvary, she joins the godly women and weeps with them; for, indeed, there is true cause for grief—cause lying deeper than those mourning women thought. They bewailed innocence maltreated, goodness persecuted, love bleeding, meekness about to die; but my heart has a deeper and more bitter cause to mourn. My sins were the scourges which lacerated those blessed shoulders, and crowned with thorn those bleeding brows: my sins cried “Crucify Him! crucify Him!” and laid the cross upon His gracious shoulders. His being led forth to die is sorrow enough for one eternity: but my having been His murderer, is more, infinitely more, grief than one poor fountain of tears can express. Why those women loved and wept it were not hard to guess: but they could not have had greater reasons for love and grief than my heart has. Nain’s widow saw her son restored—but I myself have been raised to newness of life.”

So Christ died for all of us; He died for our sinfulness, He died to heal our diseases, He died to free us from addictions, He even died to overcome the final enemy called death. From Jairus’s daughter to the woman with the issue of blood and even the Gadarene demoniac, Christ died to set us free.

1 thought on “CRUCIFY! CRUCIFY!”

  1. Perspective, when unedited, pure and true comes to focus by way of the Spirit of Truth, sorrowful repentance meets unimaginable freedom as new life begins. It’s hard to sum up in a brief paragraph all that His gift restored.

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