There have been few methods of execution
more torturous or more excruciatingly painful than crucifixion - and the
Romans mastered it.
By design, death on a cross was not
quick. No vital organs were damaged, so it was a slow, agonizing
demise. Soldiers would first whip the victim with a scourge and
then force him to carry his own crossbeam to the execution site.
Once suspended on a cross, the hours in a strained position took it toll
on the individual's body, causing difficulty in breathing - and often
suffocation. Some victims died of heart failure. And
sometimes a person would hang alive for days, finally succumbing to
death as a welcomed relief.
It wasn't until A.D. 337 that crucifixion was
banned in Rome by the first Christian emperor, Constantine the
Great. But by then thousands had been tortured on a cross -
including one named Jesus Christ. Interestingly enough, it was out
of reverence for this very Jesus that Constantine outlawed this method
of execution three centuries later.
When Jesus was crucified He voluntarily took
the guilt of your sins and mine to the cross with Him. As death
drew near, the Son of God summoned all of His human strength and said,
"It is finished!"
What did that mean? - "It is
finished!" It meant that there was no more need for
bloodshed. Never again would innocent lambs have to be sacrificed
to atone for man's sins as had been done in Old Testament times.
The blood flow was finished. Our salvation had been paid for in
A famous preacher of yesteryear explained it in
this fashion: As Jesus' blood - the blood of God - coursed down the
crude Roman cross and into the sand, it was as if the sand whispered to a
blade of grass, "It is finished." The blade of grass
leaned toward a tree and said, "It is finished!" The
tree lifted its leafy limbs heavenward and shouted to an eagle, "It
is finished!" The soaring eagle rose higher and higher and
screamed to the whole earth, "IT IS FINISHED!"
And so it was - finished! My sin and
yours were paid for with the precious blood of Christ.
Though there were thousands of men who were
crucified, only the crucifixion of the sinless Son of God was worthy to
be part of God's eternal plan for man's salvation. The cross
should be a constant reminder to each of us of the goodness of God in
allowing His only Son to die in that manner and, especially, to die in
our place. There is only one reason . . . YOU! He gave His
life for YOU - and for me. So each of us is personally responsible
for receiving or rejecting God's offer of cleansing from our sins.
Although it cost Jesus everything to pay for
your sins and mine, He makes it very easy for us to know Him personally
and to be saved. We are sinners; He is the sacrifice. We
have the problem; He is the provider. Here is God's plan of
salvation for you and me, according to the Bible.
First, admit that you are lost and
need a Savior.
"For there is not a just man
upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."
"All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." -
Second, realize that a
heavy penalty is on your sin.
"Except ye repent, ye shall
all likewise perish." - Luke 13:3.
"Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and
death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have
- Romans 5:12.
Third, acknowledge that
God made a way for you to be saved.
"For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life."
- John 3:16.
"He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death
of the cross." - Philippians 2:8.
Fourth, accept God's plan
for your salvation . . . today!
"He [Jesus] is able also to
save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever
liveth to make intercession for them."
- Hebrews 7:25.
"But as many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he power to
become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his
name." - John 1:12.
Read the following prayer
several times and then earnestly pray that prayer, accepting Christ
personally, and God will forgive your sins and make you one of His own.
Dear Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a guilty sinner and that I need to
be saved. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay my sin
debt. Please forgive my sins, come into my heart, and save my
soul. I turn my life over to You. Help me to live for You
from now on. Amen.
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