Today will probably be like any other Friday. I will go to work, do my job, and come home. Tonight we do have church, so that will remind me of what today is about.
What is today about? It is the day we annually remember the crucifixion of Jesus. After He spent His last supper with the disciples, He went out to a garden to pray, to prepare for the next day’s trials. Overnight, He was arrested in the garden, betrayed by one of His own. He was hauled before the high priest, the Procurator, the King, and the former high priest. The charge of treason was applied to Him, but it was the crowd who called for His crucifixion. Crucifixion was borrowed from the Persians and perfected by the Romans, who reserved this vile form of execution for the most vile criminals, including those who incited sedition and treason against the Emperor.
Jesus, the Son of God, hung on the cross for an unusually short time, surprising even the professionals at its base. In only three hours, He was dead. It usually required days. Jesus was so badly beaten when he began, added to the burden of the rejection of men and the sin of the world on His shoulders, the unbearable suffering of the full weight of God’s wrath, we ought to be in awe. No greater sacrifice has ever been made, human or otherwise. Period.
“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene. I wonder how He could love me, a sinner, condemned, unclean.”
“How marvelous, how wonderful, and my song shall ever be, how marvelous, how wonderful, is my Savior’s love for me.”