The crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary’s cross has been called the greatest crime ever committed. David Otis Fuller once said, “It was worse than if all the men of all ages had been personally and individually crucified; for Jesus was God and died ‘the just for the unjust.’” Yet the Scriptures give an importance and value to the death of Christ unparalleled by any other event in history. Though the passing of some great leaders has affected men and nations for a time, only our Lord’s crucifixion can determine a person’s eternal destiny. The Bible emphasizes the shedding of Jesus’ blood because it was His death that provided salvation for sinners.
Jacob Chamberlain, an early missionary to India, tells of a man who had crawled many agonizing miles on his knees and elbows to bathe in the “sacred stream: – the Ganges. The poor exhausted soul made his prayer to Gunga, and then slipped into the water, but emerged with the same conviction of sin as before. The fear of death still tugged at his heart. Chamberlain then told him the wonderful story of grace and how Christ died on Calvary’s cross to rescue needy sinners. With new hope the man staggered to his feet, clasped his hands together, and cried, “Oh, that’s what I need! Forgiveness and peace!” The missionary soon led him to accept Jesus as his personal Savior.
Have you received the benefits provided by the death of Jesus Christ? When you look to Calvary and trust Him as your Savior, you too will experience pardon and peace. – Henry G. Bosch
There is life for a look at the Crucified One,
There is life at this moment for thee;
Then look, sinner, look unto Him and be saved,
Unto Him who was nailed to the tree. – Hull
The cross of Christ reveals the love of God at its best and the sin of man at its worst.
- April 20, 1984, Our Daily Bread