READ : Luke 23:32-46
Execution by crucifixion. It probably began first in Persia. Alexander the Great introduced it to Egypt and Carthage. The Romans must have learned it from the Carthaginians. The Romans came to use it as a form of torture and capital punishment, designed to produce a slow death with maximum suffering and pain. It was usually reserved for slaves, foreigners, revolutionaries, and the worst criminals. Death by crucifixion was, in every sense of the word, excruciating. See Jesus die on the hill of Calvary! Even the sun stopped shining. But why did Jesus die?
“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). “. . . Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). “Christ died for our sins” (1 Cor. 15:3).
Martin Luther wrote, “You must be overwhelmed by the frightful wrath of God who so hated sin that he spared not his only-begotten Son. . . . Your sins killed Christ. . . . Ponder this and you will tremble, and the more you ponder, the deeper will you tremble.”
Dear friend, look up to Jesus. He died for you and he died for me . . . and a world full of people. Good News for believers.
Father, thank you, for your gift of Jesus’ love. Amen.