Calvary was always a part of God’s plan for the redemption of Man-kind. The bible says, in Isaiah 53:3-5, hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Verse ten, of the same chapter, says “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief”
Consider with me now, this question. Who put Christ on the cross? The answer is two-fold, and both may shock you. Who put Christ on the cross? It wasn’t the Jews, nor was it the Roman soldiers. So who put Jesus on The Cross? First of all, God did! Second of all, I did, you did. He was “wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquity,… and with his strips we are healed.” Because he died for us, we now live for him!
Pastor Michael C. McGill
Grace Place Christian Church