John 19:6, 15-17. “When the high priests and police saw him, they shouted in a frenzy, “Crucify! Crucify!” Pilate told them, “You take him. You crucify him. I find nothing wrong with him.”……….“They shouted back, “Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!” Pilate said, “I am to crucify your king?” The high priests answered, “We have no king except Caesar.” Pilate caved in to their demand. He turned him over to be crucified.”
No one else had the power to crucify Jesus. Pilate was Prefect of Judaea; a position which granted him Supreme Court like powers. It also meant the rule of law and order was in his hands. The Jewish leaders could flog Christ, but that wasn’t even as bad a Roman scourging and would only serve to make Him a martyr instead of getting rid of Him. They needed Pilate to believe that Christ was a threat to the Roman Empire and so He was presented as claiming to be the King of the Jews. Unconvinced, but with a political history that made it impossible to say no, Pontius Pilate ordered Christ’s execution by crucifixion without knowing the spiritual significance of his actions.
Death by crucifixion was a horrible event that sometimes lasted for days. It was bloody, shameful and reserved for the lowest of the low. It was exactly the way Christ had to die so He could cleanse us from our sins and restore us unto God.
“The crucifixion showed the horror, the ugly and disgusting shame, the heaviness and the suffering caused by sin. All sin. Every sin. Even “tiny” sins. Even “secret” sins. Your sins. My sins. All of them. It is so easy to sin and think, “I can repent later.” This comes perilously close to taking the crucifixion for granted as we put Jesus to open shame, pain and a slow gruesome death. Let’s understand and appreciate what He did for us more than ever. Perhaps it can help us become more aware of sin and more determined to resist it!”
Why Did Jesus Have to Die by Crucifixion?
Think About This
Jesus Christ was crucified for you.
Dear Lord, I am not worthy that you should die any kind of death for me much less an agonizing one, but I am eternally grateful that you did. Thank you. Amen