It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Mark 15:25-26 NIV

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Crucified

The death penalty in Canada was abolished on December 10, 1998. On that date, all remaining references to the death penalty were removed from the National Defence Act – the only section of the law that, since 1976, still provided for execution under the law. Despite that, the last executions in Canada were made under the Criminal Code in 1962 when Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas were hanged at Toronto’s Don Jail. The last time the Canadian military had a legal execution was in 1945, when Harold Pringle was shot at dawn in Italy.

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Today is the Friday we call Good. From the perspective of the world, it seems so odd to do so. This is the day we gather as God’s people to remember the sacrificial death of Jesus on a Roman cross. Jesus offered Himself freely to carry the sins of the world – your sins and mine – and bear the punishment we deserve for those sins, burying them with Him. There has been no more painful a death than crucifixion. Likely first devised by the Assyrians and Persians, its use increased greatly during the Greek Empire, and it is said that to maintain order in their empire, the Romans crucified possibly hundreds of thousands. Following the Third Serville War in 73-71 BC, the slave rebellion under Spartacus, Crassus ordered the crucifixion of 6,000 of Spartacus’ followers in one day. But one crucifixion was unique – that of Jesus. Mark 15:25-26 simply says this: “It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Jesus’ crucifixion was the watershed moment in history, and if you seek His forgiveness, it will change you forever.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley