As Holy Week quickly approaches, with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter (Thursday – Sunday), I am again reminded of my sins, my guilt and my shame.
I dwell a lot on the fact that when Pilate offer the crowd the release of one of the prisoners, whe chose to release Barabbas. And when asked what he should do with Jesus, WE all cried out Crucify Him, Crucify Him. We let a murderer go free, and we crucified an innocent man; all to fulfill the scriptures.
Of course we weren’t actually there, and we didn’t actually cry out Crucify Him; but because of our sin, we may as well have been there, screaming with the crowd. For our sins are combined with the sins of all the generations since Adam and Eve, and when He died on the Cross, he died once for the sins of all.
Christians and non-Christians alike struggle with this concept, wanting to blame it all on those who were actually there; those who conspired to get rid of the trouble maker who was stirring up the people. But my friends, we were there as a result of our sins. No one is innocent of his death, no one. However, through the love of Jesus Christ we are forgiven and saved.
John 15:13 says it all “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Amazing as it may seem, He does love us, each and every one of us!
What a Friend we have in Jesus!