Friday, April 2, 2010

This Is Why He Came.

Today is the day Christians commemorate Jesus' sacrifice.  It begins on Thursday in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knows what's coming.  He knows the excruciating pain and betrayal he is about to endure.  He prays three separate times that God would "take this cup from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26)


While in the garden praying, one of the twelve men who has been with Jesus for the last three years, seen his miracles, seen his goodness and experienced his God-hood first-hand, arrives to betray him, handing Jesus over to be arrested.

Jesus is taken before the High Priest, where he utters not a word in his defense, then on to Pilate, the Roman governor.  Pilate asks the crowd that had gathered who they wanted released to them-- Jesus or the murderer Barabbas.  The crowd chooses Barabbas.  Pilate, not wanting to be held responsible for Jesus' death, tells the crowd, "I am innocent of this man's blood.  It is on your hands."  (Matthew 27:24)  The crowd responds with words that will haunt them for centuries-- "Let his blood be on us and our children!"  (Matthew 27:25)

Pilate orders Jesus to be flogged then crucified.  They beat him, mock him, then make him walk the road to Golgotha, carrying his own cross until he was physically unable.  After being nailed to the cross, Jesus is placed between two common thieves.

His disciples abandon him, the people laugh at him, guards divide up his clothing, and Jesus' response is "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they're doing."  (Luke 23:34)  For hours, Jesus is on the cross, bruised, bleeding, and hanging by nails in his hands and feet.  Then, he "gave up his spirit" and died. (Matthew 27:50)


At that very moment, the earth literally splits apart and the veil in the temple (which for centuries had symbolized separation between God and his people) was torn in half.  My favorite part (of this part) of the story is found in Matthew 27:54-- "When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified and exclaimed, 'Surely, he was the Son of God!'"

We will obviously never know the full extent of Jesus' sacrifice.  But I do know that he did it for me.  And you.  And I know that because of it, I am saved.

But, folks-- this isn't the end of the story.  Sunday's coming...


In only a moment truth was seen
Revealed this mystery
The crown that showed no dignity he wore
And the king was place for all the world to show disgrace
But only beauty flowed from this place

Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?
Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?

He held the weight of impurity
The Father would not see
The reasons had finally come to be to show
The depth of his grace flowed with every sin erased
He knew that this was why he came

Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?
Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?

And we just don't know
The blood and water flowed
And in it all he shows
Just how much He cares

And the veil was torn
So we could have this open door
And all these things have finally been complete

Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?
Would you take the place of this man?
Would you take the nails from his hands?

This Man by Jeremy Camp

5 comments:

  1. There are no words...But I am thankful for what he did for me...

    {and if Blogger had a "like" button, I'd like this. =)}

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