Wednesday, October 28, 2015

outside and between

So they took Jesus,  and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.  There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
John 19:16b-18

Jesus died for sinners and there is a wonderful picture of that fact of the gospel even in the very manner in which He gave His life. He resigned Himself to the will of God, convinced that Pilate was only acting to give the death sentence because God had given him the authority to do so (John 19:11).

He is led outside Jerusalem's walls, a visible symbol of His rejection by men. There Jesus is crucified between two guilty thieves, the sinless dying for the sinful even as He is rejected by the sinners He is placed among and for whom He is dying to atone for their sins.

No point in history is more focused than this one. The perfect Son of God is dying for the sins of man, so that whose who believe in Him can be set free from sin forever. And it is a historical fact that Jesus lived and died in this way. The root of the gospel is in this actual time and place. And from it all Christian hope and life springs forth.

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