Carrying The Cross
"They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha." John 19:17
The Via Dolorosa — the "way of suffering" was a journey Jesus was willing to travel for a sinful world… you and me.
The Hammer and Nails
"There they crucified Him…" John 19:18. Such a brief statement hardly describes, what is going on here. Most of us have seen depictions of the crucifixion. We can picture the nails tearing through His hands and feet, the spear piercing His side. We can barely grasp the physical pain and suffering.
What we cannot possibly comprehend, however, is that the true agony of the cross for Jesus was not physical, it was spiritual. He was abandoned by the Father. "Jesus cried out with a load voice, saying…My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" Matt. 27:46
There can be no greater suffering than abandonment by the Father. Yet Jesus experienced it so we could escape it. The message of Calvary is that no one should have to know separation from God for eternity.
It Is Finished
"He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." John 19:30. The story of Calvary is not a martyr's tale of a life that was finished. What was finished was God's great act of redemption–Jesus completing the will of the Father–accomplishing all that is required for salvation.
What does that mean for us? It means we cannot add to, or subtract from, anything Jesus did to make salvation possible. Jesus is God's gift to the world. A gift isn't earned. It cannot be purchased. It can only be received.
Sunday is coming!