Calvary: A Case of Execution and Redemption
Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Today marks the day we remember the death of Jesus. Saying death seems to negate the harsh reality of what lead him to Calvary. If I were to substitute death with the word murder, perhaps it will put the motive in perspective. So who and what killed Jesus? 1 - The Crime: Long before Jesus was born, a crime was committed that threatened mankind as a whole. This crime was so severe that its consequence and penalty was passed to all of the offspring of Adam and Eve. The offense could not be paid from generation to generation, all failed. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—
New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Rom 5:12.
2 - The Motive: With an endless source of love God became flesh to rectify the problem of sin. The story of Jesus sets up two narratives that will eventually meet a tragic, yet glorious outcome. The first is the narrative (motive) of man; which was directly inherited from Adam and Eve's sin. Jeremiah says regarding man: “The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?"
New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Je 17:9. Man sought his own way because of a fallen nature. Jeremiah highlighted a reality that no man escape. The very faculty designed to enhance devotion, passion, zeal was sick. The designer would see his creation fall in love with sin and evil. The second narrative would be that of Jesus. He came to establish the church in himself and end the curse of Sin. His motive was love and reconciliation. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."
New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Jn 3:17. 3 - The Sentence: If the world was guilty and helpless due to a corrupt heart, how can God save humanity? God's plan needed to be accessible, wide applying and permanent if it were going to save man and his offspring. The plan as stated by Paul: "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), 2 Co 5:21. If Jesus were to become sin on our behalf, what would be the consequences of such an act? I think we all know the answer, however it is important to understand the implications of this tradeoff. God will sentence Jesus to death because he became of substitution for us. All of God's wrath that was suppose to fall on us, fell on him. "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?"
New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Ro 8:32. Today we remember the crime we committed, the motive of God and ultimately the price Jesus paid at the hands of a loving and just God.