The Place Called Calvary
“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.”
“And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.”
(Luke 23:33, 38-47 KJV)
At the top of Calvary’s Mountain there were three crosses. Three men were sentenced to die by crucifixion. One man was dying in sin. Another was dying to sin. But Jesus was dying for sin. Jesus was innocent of sin. He was the Just dying for the unjust. The dying thief could find no fault in Him. Pilate found no fault in Him. The Roman centurion who was converted at the cross could find no fault in Jesus, but instead he said, “Certainly this was a righteous man.” Do you find any fault in Jesus? His very nature demands one of two responses. Either you will love Him and follow Him, or you will reject Him and by your actions hate Him. No one is neutral when it comes to Jesus Christ. Where do you stand today?
Prayer: “Dear Father, You are not leading people to heaven backwards. Today, may we make up our minds and set our faces to following Jesus Christ.”
Randy J. McPheron