Around ancient Jerusalem, there was a place just outside the city where criminals were executed. It was there that the death penalty was carried out upon those who had been deemed worthy of death by …
Around ancient Jerusalem, there was a place just outside the city where criminals were executed. It was there that the death penalty was carried out upon those who had been deemed worthy of death by the Roman authorities.
Their means of capital punishment, the death penalty, was crucifixion. The Roman Governor was invested with the authority by the Roman Government to impose the death penalty. Pontius Pilate, the Governor in Judea at the time of Jesus’ arrest and mock trials, pronounced Jesus “not guilty” when the religious leaders charged Him with capital crimes.
Even though Jesus was crucified at the insistent urging of the religious leaders of His time, the primary guilt is not theirs. The hands that drove the nails and the one who gave up and passed the death sentence on Him were Romans. The mob that cried out to crucify Him when Pilate offered to release Him was His own race. None of these had the primary responsibility for His death.
Because Jesus died willingly in obedience to our Father God so that the Father’s plan of redemption could be completed. He died at the will of the Father as He obediently gave Himself on the Cross to save us from our sins.
“He who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
This is all made very clear by many things Jesus said as He taught His disciples during His earthly time of ministry. His experience in Gethsemane made it even clearer.
And one of the greatest statements in the Bible settles this question. It is a verse most of us know well.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
So, this message is for you. Jesus died on the cross for you. It is made very clear in all the Scriptures that He died for us because He loved us. He loves us now as He always has.
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