BCL Grow: The Cross — John 19:1-6
John 19:1-6 (Redemption)
Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” — John 19: 1-6
"While Christ’s sacrifice provides an example of self-giving love, it is a unique and unrepeatable event, bringing to an end all scapegoats, all bloody sacrifices, all substitutions, and all attempts to reconcile ourselves to God by our own efforts.” — Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims On the Way, p. 497.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: The profound wickedness of men and the perfect love of God finds its climax in the injustice done to Jesus by sinful men. The King of Glory is publicly shamed; the Innocent is declared guilty; the Word who created the world is silent to his accusers; the Life-giver is crucified. All this Jesus went through out of love for his people.
2. Ask yourself: We are only made right with God through Jesus’ righteous life imputed (counted) to us and his perfect sacrificial death, taking our punishment for sin, imputed (counted) to us. And this is all through faith alone by God’s grace alone in Christ alone. How does this change how you view your good acts? How about your sinful acts?
3. Remember: It’s easy to fall into a pattern of trying to earn God’s favor by doing good works and then feeling horrible when we sin because we think God no longer loves us. In Christ we are free from the cyclical downward spiral of work, failure, despair. We don’t have to earn anything by our works. In fact, we are called to obey out of thankfulness for a salvation already granted to us—and to remember that God will always love us because we belong to Jesus.
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