Consider the people who callously passed by the Savior as He hung on the cross. How heartless they were! But before we rush to judge them, let’s remember that many are still doing it today. They fall into three groups:
Those who want a cross without Christ. It’s possible to revere a symbol without the Savior. Some may clasp in their hand a miniature cross made of wood or gold, but that emblem will never atone for even one sin. It is Christ alone who redeem our souls with His precious blood.
Those who want a Christ without a cross. They want a conqueror, not a dying Lamb. They would cry, “Come down from the cross!” (Mark 15:30). Man desire a good example, or a great teacher, or a triumphant king. Their gospel is one of works. They despise the gospel that declares we are justified by faith in One who shed His blood on the cross.
Those who want neither Christ nor His cross. They are untouched by His sorrow, unmoved by His suffering, and unrepentant of their sins that He bore. Never have they exclaimed as did the songwriter John M. Moore, “All my iniquities on Him were laid – He nailed them all to the tree. Jesus the debt of my fully paid – He paid the ransom for me.” – Paul Van Gorder
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood –
Sealed my pardon with His blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior! – Bliss
Jesus took our place that we might have His peace.
- April 15, Vol. 12A, Our Daily Bread