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Easter - the people involved
(25 Pack)
[GW-016-C_25]

by Gary Woods

The meaning of Christian may vary but the true follower of Christ has obtained salvation through faith in Christ's work on the cross. While many different people were involved at the crucifixion, the Man on the centre cross was the One Who died for our sins. Through Him we may become possessors of salvation.

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 As an event in the "Christian Calendar", Easter takes a secondary place in comparison to Christmas. With its endless parties, late night shopping and presents in abundance, Christmas has taken on a festive scene with fewer and fewer religious connotations. Easter with its "lower profile" changes our focus from a virgin, a baby, wise men and shepherds, to rejection, suffering and death. Around 2000 years ago three men went outside the city of Jerusalem to be crucified. As those three crosses were raised on the hillside of Golgotha with their victims nailed by the hands and feet, this was to be no ordinary day. As we consider the people involved, let us learn that the man on the centre cross is the same person who occupied the manger. Christmas, like any good story has little meaning unless you read the final chapter. The climax in the earthly life of Mary's child, the Son of God, was His rejection, crucifixion and resurrection! The Perpetrators The Lord Jesus, having taught the people and performed mighty miracles to the blessing of many, was hated by the chief priests and elders, who along with the scribes and pharisees sought to put Him to death. Unable to achieve this under their own law, they brought Him to Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor who, "knew that for envy they had delivered Him" (Matthew 27v18). As Pilate tried to reason with the assembled crowd their cry was overwhelming, "crucify Him, crucify Him" (Luke 23v21). However, "Pilate, willing to content the people ... delivered Jesus, when he had scourged Him, to be crucified" (Mark15v15). The Onlookers After Pilate scourged the Lord Jesus, the soldiers "clothed Him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about His head" (Mark 15v17). Before taking off the purple robe to lead Him out to be crucified, they smote Him, spit upon Him and mocked Him. "And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him" (Luke 23v33). Mocking Him there were the chief priests with the scribes and elders saying; "He saved others ..." (Matthew 27v42). The centurion and they that were with him, watching Jesus, said, "Truly this was the Son of God" (Matthew 27v54). The Man As we have observed, the man on the centre cross that day was Jesus, the Son of God. Why was He crucified since He was without fault? "Christ died for our sins" (1 Corinthians 15v3). Our sins! "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3v23). The death of Christ was not just a travesty of justice: it was a sacrifice, "this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God" (Hebrews 10v12). The Possessors Salvation by the shed blood, death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, is offered freely to all. This salvation is essential and found in a person! Peter says; "... Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead ... Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4v10&12). Saved from the judgment of God and fitted for the presence of God - what a prospect for guilty sinners! This salvation becomes a personal possession by the work of the Holy Spirit, when a sinner acts in "repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 20v21). Many are onlookers at the death of Christ, counting it nothing more than a historical event. For all who acknowledge they are sinners, repent and receive Christ as Saviour by faith, they truly are possessors. Are you?

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