Some people have difficulty believing in a God who was killed on a cross. In biblical times they thought, “This Jesus cannot be a king, and He certainly isn’t God; He is more likely a wrongdoer, a criminal. Crucify Him”!
Mankind is capable of considerable error. We fail, and we judge one another’s weakness; we fear, and we judge one another’s fate.
The religious minds of the day could not accept Jesus’ message because it did not agree with their belief system. He professed to be their Messiah, yet He did not establish the earthly kingdom that the Jews of that day expected. In fact Jesus became an offense to them by what He said and did.
John 1:17 says, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”. Jesus was the message of grace to a graceless crowd. They had only known the law. So His sentence and execution were easily justified.
They tried to use the scriptures to discredit Him. Deuteronomy 21:22-23 states, “If a man guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body is hung on a tree you must not leave his body on the tree overnight. Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse …”
This scripture was indeed written about Jesus, but as a matter of truth, not for purposes of condemnation. It was written about the amazing sacrifice that He would make. The sin placed upon Jesus when He hung on the cross did make Him accursed.
Even God the Father separated Himself from Jesus when He was on the cross. We read of Jesus’ distressing cry in Matthew 27:46 when He recognized the Father’s discontent; the Father was repelled and wrathful in the face of such vile and evil darkness.
As Jesus writhed on that cross He wrestled with all the powers of evil; something only God could do. The atmosphere must have been teeming with dark spiritual activity … and then, in probably the most powerful moment on earth, He died.
Jesus truly was the God who was killed on a cross! You can believe! Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3)
Acts 15:11 NLT We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.
Romans 6:17 AMP For sin shall not (any longer) exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law (as slaves), but under grace (as subject of God’s favor and mercy).
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 4/4/2010 12:54 AM