Words from the Heart for Thursday April 13th, 2017
Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”
Mark 15:12-14 (NLT)
There was no justice in the decision to crucify Jesus. He was sinless. He did not deserve to die. Yet the mob roared back their demand: “Crucify him!” Jesus laid down His life for us. We deserved to suffer what He went through. Yet He did it for us. We can now give our lives in surrender to Him.
If you visit Canada’s National War Museum among the many artifacts on display is a 32 inch high bronze sculpture by British sculptor Francis Derwent Wood, called Canada’s Golgotha. It illustrates a horrific story from the First World War that depicts a Canadian soldier crucified on a barn door and surrounded by jeering Germans. In 1915 a story claimed that a Canadian officer, later changed to a sergeant, was crucified by German soldiers. From the beginning there was much doubt that the story was true although a documentary in 2002 alleges that the crucified soldier did exist and his name was Sergeant Harry Band. Because the veracity of the story has never been confirmed, whenever the sculpture has been displayed since it was produced in 1918 it has been surrounded by controversy.
People can be so fickle. Jesus knew this when He entered Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, and heard the crowds cry out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Their adulation would quickly turn to cries for His death, and Mark 15:12-14 tells us this: “Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!” Little did the crowds realize that in both events they were taking part in the great divine plan for their redemption. On Palm Sunday they were correct in crying out Hosanna – God save us! They needed a Saviour and Jesus was coming in the name of the Lord. But in order for Jesus to be their Saviour, He had to die a horrible death to take upon Himself the punishment that their sins demanded. They didn’t understand that, of course, when they cried out for Jesus to be crucified. But by so doing, they were still in a sense crying out for salvation. Because it was only by Jesus’ death on the cross that any one of us can, by faith, be set free from our sin and guilt. Jesus knew all of this because it was for this reason that He came. Those of us who love Jesus wish there could have been another way. But there wasn’t.
These have been words from the heart.