Luke 23: Who Crucify Christ?
Verse of the Day: V21 “But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.”
1. Crucify (V1-26)
V14 “Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:”
Pilate, the Roman governor of Palestine, found Jesus not guilty. However in order to please the Jews, he gave them a choice of whether to crucify Jesus or Barabbas, a criminal, during the feast of Passover where it was a tradition for them to release one of the criminals. The Jews chose to crucify Jesus, even though Jesus was not a criminal, and there was no fault found in Him. However, it is not really the Jews who crucified Jesus. Ultimately, it is all the people of the world, including you and me, who have crucified Jesus, because we have sinned against God. This is why God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins, so that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish in the fiery pits of hell, but shall have everlasting life with God in the portals of heaven.
V21 “But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.”
2. Calvary (V27-33)
V33 “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.”
Even though Jesus had no fault or sin in His life, He humbled Himself and was willing to be crucified on Calvary for the sins of the whole world. Imagine Jesus, the Son of God, left the glory of heaven, to become the son of a lowly carpenter, and to die a cruel and humiliating death on the cross, not for His own sins, but for the sins of the whole world.
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)
3. Centurion (V34-56)
V46 “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.”
Even in death, Jesus led a soul to heaven. The centurion, who was in charge of the entire crucifixion, after witnessing Jesus’ trial and final moment of death, realised that Jesus was indeed a righteous man, the Son of God, as He peacefully committed His life to God.
V47 “Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are crucified because of my sins.