October 24, 2006 The Message of the Cross John 19:1-27
sacrificial act, its message became one of hope and life for those who believe in Him.
The cross meant various things to different people in the gospel account. To Pilate,
When Judas Iscariot heard that Jesus was condemned to die, he became greatly distressed. I believe the betrayer thought his actions would force Jesus to declare His
kingdom, with Judas taking a high position in the new government. Instead, his error in
judgment crushed any personal ambition.
To Mary, who knew the perfection of her son’s life and His identity as the Son of God, the cross represented shameful crime. It also meant the fulfillment of prophecy. When Jesus was eight days old, Simeon had prophesied that a sword would one day pierce Mary’s soul. (Luke 2:34-35) The cross brought that about.
To Jesus’ disciples, the Crucifixion was the time when their beloved friend and Messiah died. Their intimate friendship with Jesus seemed to end, as did their dream of being freed from Roman jurisdiction.
What response would you give to the question, “What does the cross mean to you?” Is it the place where a good man lost his life, a troublemaker was eliminated, or the Son of God died to save you?
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