Crucifixion (Day 12)
Our sin reached its full horror, and found its most awful expression at Calvary. We had disobeyed God’s commands. Now we were crucifying God’s Son.
If ever there was a moment when God’s judgment had to fall on the human race, this was it. Jerusalem wiped out. The whole earth fried.
But God finds a way to divert the judgment due to us to another place. The curse falls on the ground not on the man. The sinner’s death is on the sacrificed lamb, not on the sinner.
As the soldiers were nailing Jesus to the cross, our Lord said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) In saying this, Christ was isolating Himself under the judgment of God. He knew that judgment would come that day, and it did. But He cried out to the Father, “Don’t let it come on them. Let it fall on Me!”
That is what happened at Calvary: The punishment due to your sin was poured out on Jesus. Christ became the lightning rod for your judgment, and forgiveness is released through Christ’s suffering and death on the cross for you.
The curse fell on Jesus because He bore our sins. (1 Peter 2:24) The weight of our guilt was laid on Him, (Isaiah 53:6) and He became the sacrifice for our sins.
Christ died for you. When you die, you will not carry your sin and guilt into your death because He carried it into His death for you. If you are in Christ you will never know what it is like to die a sin-bearing death. Christ’s death changes death for all His people.
When sin reached its full horror, God’s love was displayed in its full glory. If you doubt God’s love for you, look at the cross. The Son of God loved you and gave Himself for you. (Galatians 2:20) No other love can match this. Nothing else in your experience can even come close. God’s love for you in Christ is greater than you ever dared to dream.
We may not know, we cannot tell, what pains He had to bear.
But we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there.
Welcome to Unlocking the Bible’s tour of the Bible story. Join us on this journey through the breathtaking splendor of God’s redeeming purpose in Jesus Christ. For the next 21 days, we will post a daily devotional to help you reflect on Jesus’ glory by taking a broad look at all that God has promised and accomplished in Him. May God give you fresh glimpses of the glory of Jesus as you prepare for and celebrate Christmas.
Date Posted: December 17th, 2011