What does that have to do with Me?

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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This morning I want to pose a question. What could the death of one Jewish man on a Roman cross have to do with me? Literally thousands of people died on Roman crosses. It was the most humiliating and painful form of capital punishment ever devised. Mel Gibson protrayed the physical aspects of it pretty clearly in the movie, The Passion.

Roman law forbade that a Roman citizen be crucified, except in the most extreme cases of treason. The book of Deuteronomy said, “Cursed is anyone hung on a tree.” But on that day approximately 2000 years ago, a carpenter from Nazareth was hung on a cross outside Jerusalem between two thieves.

So what? As I mentioned, thousands of people died on crosses, executed by the Romans. So what, if Pilate said, “I find no fault in this man.” So what if the trials he endured were based on trumped up charges and lies? So what that much of it was illegal? After all, throughout history many good men and women have been falsely charged and put to death for the name of religion.

This man, however, was different. He claimed to be God. He said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” He said, “the Father and I are one.” The Jewish religious leaders of that day accused Him of blasphemy, so clearly did He state His claims to divinity.
So was He Lord, as He claimed? Or was He a liar, or a lunatic?

The Bible says that God the Father, took the sins of mankind and placed them on God the Son, on a cross. The Bible teaches that Jesus did not die accidentally as a martyr, but intentionally as a substitutionary savior. So that I Cor. 1:15 would say, “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”

If Jesus told the truth, if the testimony of history is accurate, if the faith of millions is testimony, then this was not just an ordinary man dieing a cruel death like thousands of others.
This man was as Josh McDowell has written, “More than a Carpenter”.

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