“Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Luke 24:26 KJV
If you didn’t cry or were close to tears while watching the depiction of Christ’s suffering and crucifixion in the movie “Passion of the Christ”, you probably couldn’t stomach watching it altogether. It was definitely a gory sight!
Historians also agree that the movie depiction was an underestimation of what Jesus actually went through. And as horrific as the crucifixion story is, our reaction should be gratitude.
Our anchor text and other biblical texts tell us that it was necessary for our salvation. Let’s take a look at one of those portions of scripture:
Isaiah 53 is a profound and holistic prophecy of Christ’s death and glory to come. God had promised a messiah to save his people and it was easy to expect someone with outward beauty and comeliness like the Old Testament kings.
However, verse 2 tells us that “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him.” Everyone who received him during his ministry did so strictly by the revelation of faith and that points to how we are saved today – by belief in him.
In Jesus’ death, our sins were laid upon him (Isaiah 53:4-6) and He took our place in death, thereby meeting the demands of justice. We are not justified by moral excellence but our knowledge and belief in the saviour (Isaiah 53:11).
Naturally, when a person dies, his lineage stops. But that was not the case for Jesus. His death multiplied His lineage (Isaiah 53:10). He died as a man but rose with a church! His death birthed us! Hallelujah!
Jesus said it Himself in John 12:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Dear believer, you are that fruit, born of God and the spirit.
Finally, God’s kindness towards you in Christ will never end (Isaiah 54:8-10). You have endless life in Christ Jesus because nothing can undo what He did in the cross for you.
So, when next you think about or watch a depiction of Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion, your response should be utter thanksgiving and praise.
It is indeed something to shout about in worship and evangelism.
Activity: Thank God for the life you have in Christ today.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 9:1-13, I Corinthians 15:29-58, Psalm 93, Ruth 2-3