“On Your Mark”
Who Put Jesus on the Cross? (Chapter 10 Verses 32 – 34)
The point of no return has been reached, the Lord’s face is now set for Jerusalem, there is no turning back (v32). The disciples have a clear conception of the danger involved, and they are afraid. Perhaps you would have thought the Lord’s action would be to alleviate their fears? No, he does not, on the contrary, he increases them. All the terrible things he has spoken about to them in the past, and now repeats here, are about to take place (vv33-34). Here Jesus is very explicit with regards to his suffering, death, and resurrection (Luke 24.44-48; Acts 2.23-24; 4.27-28). Who do you blame for the Cross? Was it the Jewish people, or Judas? Who put him there? Well, I guess ultimately God did (Acts 2.23-24), but why? For every one of Adam’s race (Isaiah 53.5), every one of us! Have you heard the noise around you these days? The music from next door, or the car stereo at the traffic lights? The din of protesters who do not want any more roads, airports or anything else? People get taken up with all sorts of issues, fill their time with the most trifling issues, and their lives with noise. Anything but the quiet stillness, contemplating the serious matters, the most serious matter of all? Personal salvation. The most important issue you can face, He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions. That is who, or what put Jesus to death on the Cross.
The Apostolic message (Acts) centred on the Cross and resurrection of Jesus. Wherever they went and to whom, it was the same, the radical message of the Cross of Jesus, with its revolutionary power. The power that changed Saul, to Paul, from Pharisee to gospel preacher. The power to make bad people good people (Romans 1.16). Because it is there, beneath the cross, that repentant sinners, realising the enormity of their sins, and their rebellion against God, begin to sense a self-revulsion, and hardly daring to ask God for forgiveness, find exactly that, peace with God (Romans 5.1; 8.1), and the peace of God (Philippians 4:7). Jesus, publicly humiliated, disgraced (v34), wounded, bruised and bleeding under the lash of our sins, paid the price in full.
I love Thy cross Lord Jesus,
The nails and wounded side;
Thy work from sin releases,
And God with me abides.
O blessed holy fountain,
O blood most sweet and free;
Forgiveness that is certain,
O Jesus found in Thee. (James R. Hamilton, 4th, August, 2003).
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1996)