Christ, crushed by God

As bad as domestic abuse is, the abuse of the Son of God by sinful man was far, far worse. Mankind betrayed, abused, tortured and crucified Jesus the Christ but out of love, He chose to endure it. The cross was not an after thought by God, it wasn’t His second choice to save us, it was the one and only way to the salvation of mankind. Because He died, crushed by His Father for our sake, we have the hope of life eternal. May we carefully and joyfully ponder the significance of His death on our behalf.
In Germany Good Friday is known as ‘Karfreitag’ or Sorrowful Friday. Somehow the somber tone of that seems more fitting to what was at once the best day ever as well as the worst. Whatever you prefer to refer to it as, here’s some thoughts from godly men on the significance of the Christ’s death on the cross:

“Dost thou understand me, sinful soul? He wrestled with justice, that thou mightest have rest; He wept and mourned, that thou mightest laugh and rejoice;
He was betrayed, that thou mightest go free; was apprehended, that thou mightest escape;
He was condemned, that thou mightest be justified; and was killed, that thou mightest live;
He wore a crown of thorns, that thou mightest wear a crown of glory; and was nailed to the cross, with His arms wide open, to show with what freeness all His merits shall be bestowed on the coming soul; and how heartily He will receive it into His bosom?” ~ John Bunyan

“The world’s one and only remedy is the cross.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Go to the cross of Christ, all you that want to be delivered from the power of selfishness. Go and see what a price was paid there to provide a ransom for your soul. Go and see what an astounding sacrifice was there made, that a door to eternal life might be provided for poor sinners like you. Go and see how the Son of God gave Himself for you, and learn to think it a small thing to give yourself to Him.” ~ J. C. Ryle

“If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of self-assured and carnal Christianity whose hands are indeed the hands of Abel, but whose voice is the voice of Cain. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter.” ~ A. W. Tozer

“If you’re a Christian, you’re not a Christian because when Jesus Christ was on that cross – the Romans and Jews beat Him up. If you’re a Christian – your sins are paid for, because when He was on that tree, He bore the sins of His people. And God, His own Father, crushed Him under the full force of His wrath – all the wrath that should have been poured out on you; God crushed His only begotten Son in your place.” ~ Paul Washer

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