Scripture Reading: John 19
Key Verse: Philippians 2:8
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Of all forms of execution devised by man through the millennia, crucifixion ranks among the cruelest and most abhorrent. Although crucifixion was first practiced by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, the Roman Empire adopted the notorious practice as a universal form of death among its enslaved states. Even secular writers of the time shrank from giving detailed accounts of the cruel and degrading punishment.
Jesus, our Savior, died in such a manner, impaled on crude timber, in full view of a mostly hate-satiated crowd. It was an excruciatingly painful way to die. Yet Christ’s physical agony on the cross, as horrid as it was, should never obscure the reason Jesus hung on display. He died for our sins so that we could receive His gift of eternal life.
There God the Son experienced spiritual death—separation from God the Father. Christ’s forlorn cry, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46 nasb), was the most dreadful utterance of history. For an awful moment in time, God the Father forsook His Only begotten Son.
Jesus “humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8 nasb) so that we could enjoy the splendor of resurrection life and everlasting communion with God the Father. Author Max Lucado writes, “No wonder they call Him Savior.”
Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. Because of You, I can enjoy resurrection life and everlasting communion with God. No wonder they call You Savior!