The Crucifixion of Christ
The story of the crucifixion of Christ is the high point of redemptive history and the center of God's purpose for salvation. On the cross is where the Lord bears the sins of the world and provides salvation to all who believe in Him. The cross demonstrates the grace, mercy, goodness and love like no other event in history can. Jesus is willing to suffer for sinners, to suffer not only the death on the cross but everything that comes with it. The agony is beyond belief. Christ, without rest or sleep, endures the trials, the beatings and the scourging without saying a word. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7 KJV).
Let us never pass over the meaning of the death of Christ on the cross on the way to celebrating His glorious Resurrection (which is worthy of our celebrating). It is the cross that gives meaning to the resurrected Christ and why “Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2) is so very important and the very essence of the gospel message. The longing of every believer should be as Paul stated; “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11 KJV).
If you don't know the Savior, if you've not come to Him for forgiveness, or embraced Him as Lord, today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). As He has been lifted up before you this day, see Him as the Son of God, the Savior of the world who died for your sins, accept Him by faith and trust Him as your Savior today.
Lord, thank You for the cross and the suffering You endured that I may have salvation.