The Curtain was Torn
by Angie Smith
Jesus would be hung on a cross, exactly as they wanted. It was no surprise to Him, who had referenced the way He would die well before the unlikely method was chosen.
Finally, against his better judgment, Pilate delivers Christ to his soldiers to be murdered. They parade Jesus throughout the streets of Jerusalem and nail Him to a cross. To mock Jesus for His claims, above the cross of Christ they hang a sign with the words, "King of the Jews." The guards split Christ's clothing four ways, but when they came to His tunic, they cast lots to see who would get it.
A slow, tormenting death on a cross was reserved for murderers, thieves, and the like. Crucifixion was the most shameful, vile way to die and was unparalleled for brutality and humiliation.
Up a hill called Golgotha our Lord's feet stumbled as He carried His own cross. While they tortured and ridiculed Him, nailing His hands and feet to the cross, Jesus remained silent—except to ask for God's mercy, not on Himself but on those who drove the nails. For hours, He hung; the weight of all the sin of the world balanced between the narrow beams of wood. This isn't fiction, and it isn't a dramatization.
No longer does separation divide a Holy God from us because the Christ has come to bring us near. Jesus became the ultimate Lamb, sacrificed on Passover, covering us with the blood of reconciliation forever. How could it be, you ask? Why would He rescue us?
I don't know completely, but I do know this:
He did, and as a result, you and I stand in the shadow of redemption.
Excerpted from Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story ©2015 by Angie Smith, LifeWay Press.