The Uplifted Savior

Steve Macchia

READ : John 19:1-19

Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. (v. 16 NIV)

Flogged, humiliated, and wearing a crown of thorns on his head, Jesus was taken away to be crucified. Carrying his own cross, he was sent through the city streets to Golgotha, “The Place of the Skull.” There he hung on the cross with the notice fastened above his head, “Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.”

Uplifted on a cross? Yes, to a wooden cross he was fastened and lifted up to die. There he would suffer for our iniquities, once and for all time he would seal his role as our Savior. No more need to sacrifice animals and offer their bodies in our behalf. Christ the Lord, the uplifted Savior, has taken our sin and our shame and redeemed us on the cross.

What is your response to his crucifixion? Are you horrified or grateful or maybe both? When I first saw Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ I was both. The vivid portrayal of the flogging, painful crowning, humiliating agony of the cross all evoked deeply felt emotion. In the midst of my tears, I was both saddened and thankful.

The uplifted Savior is worthy of our praise and worship. “Love’s redeeming work is done; fought the fight, the battle’s won, Alleluia!”

PRAYER

May the grateful response of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O divine Savior!