Matthew 27:32-66; Luke 23:26-56

What is your response to the crucifixion?

The latter halves of both Matthew 27 and Luke 23 give us the account of Jesus Christ’s death and burial. Of all the events in the Bible, this has to be the worst event and the most numbing. An innocent man has been sentenced to death and now he is dead.

When we look at the crucifixion of Jesus, though, what we see is not the complete story. This event is the climax of the entire narrative of Scripture, not just the New Testament. God always planned for this to happen. Jesus dying on the cross was God’s objective all along. And, it is at this point that everything changes for the better. The crucifixion is where Jesus crushes the serpent’s head and removes the separation that had been between God and man because of sin.

Yet, when we look at the account, we see so many different responses to the crucifixion. The chief priests mocked and derided Jesus until the very end. One thief did the same, while the second asked the Lord for forgiveness. Then there’s one of the centurions who put Jesus on the cross who later exclaimed that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.

The beautiful thing about Jesus’ death is that this isn’t where the story ends. And that’s why we keep reading.

As such, today, I want you to look at Matthew & Luke’s description of the crucifixion and see how it grips you. What is your response to Jesus’ death on the cross for your sins?

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