Were You There?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Yes, I was there. And, I hope, so were you.

For if you were not then you are not redeemed and rescued.

The path to the cross, preceded by cruel torture and floggings with whips with shards of bone tied in, ended in supreme humility “with the victim naked, with no rights, no reputation, and no recourse”[i] other than a slow, excruciating, death by suffocation.

Jesus Christ was crucified on a Roman cross. It was designed for cruelty. The cross humiliated its victims. The cross was used to execute those who were cursed to the utmost.

I was at the cross when Jesus died.  It was my sin that put Jesus on that cruel cross-my sin!

Because I was there I am redeemed. 

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will . . . (Ephesians 1:4-5).

There were two criminals on each side of Jesus. One saw who Jesus really was and turned to Him and said, ““Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”

The great theologian Sir Robert Anderson wrote:

The cross has shut up man to grace or judgment. . . . Every effort to recover themselves is but a denial of their doom, and a denial too of the grace of God, which stoops to bring them blessing where they are and as they are.”

We need to confess our sins and like the thief ask Jesus to “remember me when You come in Your kingdom.”

If Jesus had stayed in the tomb he was buried in all of this would be moot.

The really great news is Jesus did not stay in that tomb–He arose.

Jesus resurrection is our resurrection, because Jesus rose, we shall too. The preeminent kingpin of the Christian faith is the Truth of the Resurrection.

The apostle Paul told affirms this in his letter to the church at Corinth.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive (1 Cor. 15:20-22).

He is risen; He is risen indeed.


[i] Erwin Lutzer, Cries From the Cross (Chicago: Moody Press, 2002)