Thursday, April 2, 2015
Matthew 27:33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull)…
Our final stop on the tour of places where Jesus shed His blood brings us to Golgotha, or better known to us as Calvary. It was here that Jesus would be nailed to a cross and remain there until He gave up His Spirit and breathed His last breath.
The cross is the place where the final payment for mankind’s sin was made. It is where the blood of Jesus Christ was fully shed to cover the ultimate consequence of sin, which is death.
As God declared in the early days of man’s existence on earth, “The life is in the blood.” God demanded that everything that was to be purified for spiritual service had to be cleansed in blood. On the Day of Atonement the Old Testament priests would enter the Holy of Holies with blood to cover the sins of the people.
When Christ’s blood was expelled from His body through the spear’s wound, His physical life was terminated. Yet according to Hebrews 9 the blood of Jesus was accepted as the once-for-all sacrifice for sin in the true Holy of Holies in heaven. The same blood that indicated death on earth brought life in eternity for all who choose to be covered by it.
The redemptive plan of God for mankind is simple – costly for God but simple for us.
- God is Holy and Perfect
- Man sinned, sacrificing his relationship with God, and has no ability to restore it.
- God chooses to do what is necessary to restore the relationship because of His incredible and indescribable love for us.
- Jesus agrees to take the full force of God’s wrath against sin by suffering call of the consequences of sin and shedding His blood for them.
- He suffered sin’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane
- He suffered sin’s punishment at Gabbatha when he was scourged
- He suffered sin’s cruelty in the Praetorium when He was mocked and despised
- He suffered sin’s death at Golgotha when He died.
- God, being satisfied with the sacrifice His Son offered on the altar of heaven, declared for all eternity that justice had been served, and He raised Jesus from the dead.
- God honors the sacrifice of Jesus for all eternity in the life of any person who repents of their sin and believes in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
The shed blood of Jesus on the cross, spilled out to indicate human death, has the power to save anyone and everyone from their sin and grant them eternal life.
HALLELUJAH FOR THE CROSS! Death has been swallowed up in victory!
1 Corinthians 15:53-57 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.