Google+ 04/18/14 Let's Walk in the Light of Easter Forever!

Luke 23:32-34

 

Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him.

When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross.

And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

 

In religious circles, today is Good Friday.  Today, Jesus was crucified.  He died for our sins.  The picture of His crucifixion is certainly a stark reminder of the sin and ignorance of the world.  First, Jesus was led down the dusty path to Calvary, forced to carry His own cross until He collapsed.  Calvary sounds much more romantic than "The Skull."  The words mean one-in-the-same.  It was the place of execution where nothing lived.  The man without sin was nailed to a cross in between two criminals.  All three were treated the same.  The soldiers, at the foot of the cross, gambled for the only thing that Jesus owned...His clothes.  There was plenty of room at the foot of Christ's cross.  The crowd that waved palm branches earlier in the week was, for the most part, gone.  One disciple was present, one had betrayed Him, one had denied Him, and the rest were hiding for fear of their own death.  The chief priests and King Herod played the coward's role in this drama and let Pilate and the Roman government crucify Jesus.  The sky became dark.  The veil in the temple was torn into two pieces.  The earth shook.  As His last request, Jesus pleaded for mercy for all of us.  His last act on earth was to convince God that mankind should be forgiven because of our ignorance.   I lobby not much has changed on this Good Friday.  Many of us are still ignorant about Jesus and His love.  God gave His only Son so that we might have eternal life.  Today we celebrate ignorance and darkness.  Celebrate?  Yes!!!  Without the darkness and complete lack of understanding of what Christ did for us, there can be no Easter sunrise.  Let's remember how the cross of Jesus saved all of our lives.  Then, "Let's Walk in the Light of Easter Forever!"