“The People Stood Beholding”

We read in Luke’s account of the earthly ministry of Christ that when they crucified Christ the crowds just stood and watched. As the Roman soldiers nailed Christ to the cross, as they lifted that instrument of death and dropped it into the hole that would keep it upright, the crowds just watched. It says that they stood, beholding the scene before them.

At the worst they looked on with indifference. But the word also implies a consideration of what they were seeing. We can probably imagine what they thought.

Without our benefit of hindsight all they could see was this Jesus of Nazareth, the supposed son of a carpenter hanging in defeat, powerless, condemned and abandoned by God. The truth could not be further from their perceptions.

Defeated? No. As Christ hung on the cross He won the greatest victory in Heaven and earth from eternity to eternity.

Powerless? No. As Christ hung on the cross He was the most powerful man alive! He had the hosts of Heaven at His command, His own spirit was under His command, the forces of Hell were being defeated, the sin of humanity endured and the the requirements of the Father met!

A Convicted man? Well, in a sense, yes, but not for His own sins, for He was sinless. Paul tells us, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that “he (God the Father) hath made him (God the Son) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

What do you see today as you look at Christ? Your Saviour? Your friend? A stranger? A mystery?

Please let this Easter weekend be more to you than a 4 day weekend. Understand it for all of its eternal significance! Stop, and consider Christ!

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