And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them. They nailed him up at nine o’clock in the morning.
(Mark 15:24-25 MSG)
But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.
(Matthew 27:50 MSG)
How would you react if you heard the news that a friend of yours had been killed? I am sure it will cut deep into your heart if the person was really a friend. Another question then, how would you feel if you died and discovered that your friends didn’t even show any sense of loss. No pain, not even one single tear of sadness to show that they acknowledged the loss of their friend? How much worse would it be if the reason you are now dead was ‘their fault’? Hmm, I am sure you wouldn’t be so pleased…
Thousands of years ago now, God stepped into human history to turn it around. The whole human race was on the fast lane to distruction and God loved us so much he decided to step in by Himself to save the day. God sent His son, Jesus, to walk the face of the earth for thirty-three years, to tell all people that God loves them and is making a way for them to get back into a great relationship with him. Jesus was called the friend of sinners (like you and me) and he agreed saying He had come to help sinners get right with God.
Jesus’ whole life was dedicated to teaching people about a great new way of life God was offering free from sin and ultimately, free from death. His claims sounded so incredulous that the ‘righteous’ men of the time did all they could to shut him up. Finally, they got him. The only way to keep Him silent was to kill him. Its strange when you think about it. Why kill a man who just wants people to get a better life? Well, that’s just a piece of the puzzle. In actual fact, it was part of his life’s mission. Jesus was to die for his friends – the sinners. This was His way of showing how much He loved them (John 15:13). When Jesus was crucified, His enemies thought they had succeeded in kill his message but He knew He had succeeded in freeing His friends to life the kind of life He had been teaching them about all his earthly life. By dying on the cross, He took the blame for every sinner’s sin because He himself was innocent. And now since the sentence for sin has been served, every sinner can live a life of freedom. Great news for sinners.
Now that you know about the death of your friend…do you care? Find out more.