Were you there

“I see the crowd in Pilate's hall,
Their furious cries I hear;
Their shouts of “Crucify!” appall,
Their curses fill mine ear.
And of that shouting multitude
I feel that I am one,
And in that din of voices rude
I recognize my own.”

Were you there?

2000 years ago Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for our sins, how can one say such a statement without feeling any shame? I think the reason we don't feel any shame is because we don't see ourselves liable for something that happened about 2000 years before we were even born. I mean, there was nothing we could do since were not there, right? Maybe had we been there, we would've tried to convince people not to crucify Jesus, and hopefully succeed.

But would we have? Really?

The cross

The cross is one of the best ways we see how God loves His elect, how much He hates sin and also How much men hates God. How much do men hate God? Look to the cross, yes, the cross. When the “The Passion of Christ” movie came out people were asking each other “who exactly killed Jesus?” Some said “the Jews killed Jesus”, so said “it was the Romans” and though ultimately the real answer is “God killed Jesus” (see who killed Jesus), I can't help but see myself in the scene.

“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” John Stott

We may all wash our hand like Pontius Pilot, but we can't wash the guilt away, we killed Jesus. Why would I make such a statement? Jesus died in order to clean the mess that I made. Jesus never sinned! Let me say that again, He never sinned, all of His days He observed God's law perfectly, though He was tempted in all ways, He never sinned! But on the cross, Jesus bore my sins, he took my sins and died in my place.

Christ our substitute

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

So on the cross the Father treated Jesus like He was suppose to treat me. He treated Jesus like He was the sinner, so that He can treat me like I was the one who fulfilled His law. That's grace! The Father crushed the Son on the cross (cf. Isa. 53:10) instead of me. He poured out His wrath on Him, Jesus drank the cup of God's wrath that had my name on it. How can I not be ashamed?

“'Twas I that shed that sacred Blood,
I nailed him to the Tree,
I crucified the Christ of God,
I joined the mockery.” Horatius Bonar

Oh how can one read those lines without shedding a tear? What? I don't know about you, but I wasn't just a spectator there, I held the nail and I nailed Him with every ounce of energy I had, and I laughed. But, praise God, He applied the same blood I spilled to wash me. He turn my mockery into praise. And now He gives me power to crucify my sins daily.

“Yet not the less that Blood avails
To cleanse me from sin,
And not the less that Cross prevails
To give me peace within.” Horatius Bonar

“I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas' kiss
But You love me anyway
I am the man who yelled out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face
With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night, I still called out for You
So ashamed of my life” Sidewalk Prophets, you love me anyway

What would you have done?

Before we point fingers at the Jew and Romans, we must ask ourselves this question: what would i have done is I was them. Knowing my sinfulness, i know what I would have done, and i praise God that HE didn't put me in that position.

Conclusion

“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us leading us to faith and worship, we have to see it as something done by us leading us to repentence. Only the man or woman who is prepared to own his share in the guilt of the cross may claim his share in its grace.” C.J. Mahaney

Soli Deo Gloria