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The reality of the crucifixion of Jesus is not debated. Even those who deny that He was the Son of God do not deny how Jesus died. 

At 9 AM on crucifixion morning, Jesus was led from Pilate’s last decree to free Barabbas and turn Jesus over to the Jewish leaders be crucified. Jesus had been up all night. He had endured five different hearings before Annas, Caiaphas, Pilate, Herod, and then back to Pilate for the last time. He has been beaten by the Romans to the point that His back was raw and ribs exposed.  His brow had been crowned with a crown of thorns to mock the fact that His charge was that He was the King of the Jews.  Rome hated the Jews and therefore, their hearts had nothing but contempt for this One who had been given the title as their King.  The world in the days of Jesus had only one king – Caesar.

Jesus carried the cross up through the overcrowded streets of the city.  Everyone was in a holiday spirit for it was Passover.  How out of place to see condemned men carrying crosses through the press of people to be killed on that day. They must be horrible criminals, indeed, to demand that they be crucified during the Passover festival.  Most present gave no attention to the condemned man named Jesus. Who takes the time to look at the faces of condemned men who are getting what they deserve? The masses thought that He was just another criminal finally being executed for his life of evil doing.  He should have thought about breaking the law before He did so. 

So, the festivities in the streets were not affected except for a few of His friends who knew Him. They knew that no fault had been found in Him. His death was because the Jewish leaders were jealous of His popularity.  In truth, His death was the will of God that was being carried out by man.  Scripture makes that very clear!

2 Cor. 5:21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 1 Peter 2:24, “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” Rom. 8:3-4, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh. in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Isaiah 53:10-11 – “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.  (Isaac Watts).

Easter is the news that the story does not end at the cross!  Praise God!  On the first day of the week, the stone was rolled back to allow the world to see, “HE IS RISEN!”