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23:35-43 - The Crucifixion - Lord Jesus Christ the King
remains a shocking experience to read about the crucifixion. On the most basic
level, the infliction of such violence and degradation by human beings onto another
person is deplorable. Unfortunately, humanity has learnt little about the appropriate
treatment of our fellow human beings over the past two thousand years. This week's
press reported on the mutilated torso of a Polish woman being found in Fallujah.
The next day we saw footage
of an American soldier shooting an unarmed, wounded Iraqi insurgent. Again, the
next day we heard of the murder of Margaret Hassan, an innocent woman who had
devoted her life to helping the most needy of the Iraqi people through her work
Her murder was
too horrible for Al-Jazzeera to broadcast. Everyone is appalled by this senseless
killing of an innocent woman. These are only some of the horrors that make the
news, there seems no end to the atrocities in our world today.
crucifixion is even more cruel because Jesus was ridiculed for being who he really
is. They were killing the Messiah, the King of the Jews, an innocent man who had
done nothing wrong. Jesus had been teaching and practising forgiveness of enemies
and to his dying breath, Jesus extends God's mercy to sinners. Jesus' faith in
a gracious God and Father who will raise him from the dead is the message of hope
that we all take from the shock and horror of the crucifixion.
repentant criminal has deep faith that Jesus is truly a King and can dispense
pardon and mercy which only a king can do. "Jesus, remember me when you come
into your kingdom." The gates of paradise have been re-opened by the obedience
and faith of the new Adam - Jesus. Jesus speaks with royal authority when he assures
the repentant criminal that "indeed, I promise you, today you will be with
me in paradise."
kingdom is about bringing each of us into the perfection that we were created
to be. As human beings, we make mistakes in life. However, it is not wise to leave
our improvement or reconciliation with God until our deathbed.
limited experience has shown that we die as we have lived - If we have tried to
live in relationship with God, that that is how we will die. If we put things
off and "worry about that tomorrow" death has a way of creeping up on
us and catches us unprepared.
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