Romans 5:12 – 15 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in – first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it. Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one man’s sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God’s gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do!
I thought He fell. When I first saw The Fall listed as a Station of the Cross, I assumed Christ stumbled on His way to the cross. I checked and triple checked the Bible but couldn’t find it. So I sought theological help and came to understand that He didn’t fall; we did.
Going all the way back to the illegal fruit eating scene in Eden and the punishments handed out; you discover it’s not all doom and gloom; Hope is given. The details of our restoration to God were given even as the sentence was pronounced; right down to hints on how Christ would die;
As a crucifixion victim, Christ would have literally bruised one of His heels. This is a natural result of crucifixion. As the crucifixion victim fights for air, he is forced to push himself upward so that he can take in a full breath. To do this, he must push his weight upward with his legs. However, because of the position in which the spike is driven through both feet, one of the victim’s heels is pushed hard into the upright beam of the cross. As the victim repeatedly clamors for air, his heel is literally bruised against the cross.
This step is for us to pause and assess our own culpability (the fall of man) and to appreciate the magnitude to Christ’s sacrifice (the redemption of man)
Think About This
You are the reason Christ suffered so; what do you intend to do about it?
Dear Lord, Never let me forget that it was because of my sins that you were scourged, humiliated and crucified. Let it be the reason I live. In Jesus name I pray. Amen