“Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout” (John 19:23). There is one word in this verse to note, the word ‘Crucified’. But before He was crucified, He had to carry His Cross to the place of His Crucifixion (John 19:17,18). Then, He said, It is finished (John 19:30), and then blood and water came out of His body when He was pierced by the soldier (John 19:34).
What was the purpose, why was He crucified? What provision have we as a result of Christ’s Crucifixion? There are many people who know the story and details of the Crucifixion of Christ but do not understand why He was crucified.
Looking at Him on the Cross, “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we ill believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:42-43). They mocked Him that He healed and saved others, calmed the storm, provided for them, and solved their problems, but now He couldn’t save Himself. This was true, but He had to die for you and me because if he came down from the cross we would not be saved. He counted your salvation as priority and preeminent thing in His mind; that was why He did not come down from the Cross. There is no way that anyone could be saved without Jesus Christ taking our place on the Cross of Calvary.
You must see Him on the Cross, because without seeing Him on the Cross you cannot see Him wearing the Crown. The Cross comes before the Crown. You have to see Him dying for you before you can see Him making a place for you in Heaven. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). He died on the Cross so that through that cross and that crucifixion, the power of God will be channeled unto you. Man has many challenges and enemies: Satan, sin, suffering and sickness, and nobody can confront and overcome them by his own natural strength. But when the power of God comes into your life through Jesus Christ, you will overcome them all. It is through the Cross that this power will be transferred to you.
There are people that hear the story of the Cross, and they do not understand nor believe, but count it as foolishness. Such people will perish if they do not believe. But thank God for you here tonight, that you will not perish. As you picture Him in your mind on the Cross, then the power that enables to live a righteous life will come into your life in Jesus Name. He will make you a new man through transformation of the Cross, “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” (Ephesians 2:16). Jesus reconciles both Jews and Gentiles, those near and afar off, all of us, to God by His death on the Cross at Calvary. It is only through Jesus Christ and His death on the Cross that we can have access to the Father. You will always carry guilt and condemnation except you have forgiveness coming from Jesus Christ and that was why He died for you on the Cross (Colossians 2:13). Every time you do something evil and sinful since you were born on earth, there are invisible policemen that are following after you and recording everything down against you, they know everything you have done and in your thoughts as well.
They are waiting for you to come over to the other side of eternity after your death so that you can give account of your life with all what they have written against your life while you were on earth in the books of record. Your sin will silence you, but Jesus Christ did not want you to face that eternal and final Judgement, that was why He went to the Cross on your behalf so that everything written against you, and all that you have done, He nailed to the Cross, carried it to the grave, and when He rose up, it will never come up again. But you must accept and believe that. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:14,15). The principals of the powers that oppress people are supervising and managing everything so that nobody on the face of the earth will go scot-free, but Jesus says you will be free. As you believe on Him, He spoilt, paralysed and made impotent all the principalities and the powers.
Looking at Him Crucified: “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24) It is Christ’s crucifixion that will bring you salvation, forgiveness, a change in your life and reconciliation with God. As you respond to that call of God and look to Jesus Christ who took your place at Calvary, today salvation and forgiveness are yours and your name will be written in the book of life in Heaven in Jesus Name. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). This is the provision that He made for us on the Cross at Calvary where He was crucified; wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption are ours. Also, we have a part in that crucifixion of Christ, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). It is the personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and acceptance that He crucified for you on the Cross that will give you salvation and get you to heaven; not your religious titles, position or rites. Because He died for you then He is going to share His life with you as well.
The implication of this for your own life is, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24). The evil affections and the lusts are crucified with Christ and so you are free. Lusts and evil affections that are troubling you in the past are now nailed to the Cross, and thank God tonight you are free. Even the world and its pollutions that were troubling you in the past are crucified to the Cross (Galatians 6:14). Thank God you are free and powerlessness in your life is over tonight. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6). Tonight you know about the death and the crucifixion of Christ for you, and the victory that you are going to have, you know. It is what you know that will give you the victory. The people who are ignorant are in bondage because they don’t know about Christ, His Crucifixion, the Cross and the purpose why; but thank God you know. The thing you need to know tonight is that the old man is crucified with Christ on the Cross; that the body, nucleus and the very root of sin is destroyed so that you will not serve sin any more, and you are free.