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The Crucifixion of Jesus

And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him …    Luke 23:33

This devotional is being written on Wednesday, February 25, 2004. It is likely that on this very day in the United States more people will be thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus than on any other day in the nation’s history.

This is the day the film “The Passion of the Christ” is opening in over four thousand theatres all across the nation. The film presents the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus before His death on Calvary. In those last hours, of course, Jesus was dying on the cross.

Already thousands have seen the movie in special showings to religious and other leaders across the nation. Some do not believe the film to be totally accurate. Some have other criticisms of the film. Most tell of being deeply moved by such a vivid portrayal of the sufferings of Jesus before and on the cross.

Has the death of Jesus not always brought forth the same type of response? Some reject Jesus and His death for them. Others bow before the crucified Lord in confession of sin and in receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior.

It is always disturbing to believers that others could be so critical of our Lord and what He has done for mankind. It is also disturbing that some believers seem to have a limited understanding of the full significance of the crucifixion of Jesus.

While all believers know that Jesus was dying for our sins and are rejoicing that He did so, there is much about the cross of Jesus that receives little or no attention.

Colossians 2:14-15 reveals that when Jesus died on the cross, the law was nailed on the cross with Him and He defeated Satan.

When Jesus died on the cross, He died as “The Last Adam,” which means that when one receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, he is spiritually crucified as Jesus was physically crucified.

In First Peter 2:21, the Scriptures tell us that when Jesus died, He died as an example for believers, revealing that followers of Jesus are to experience their own spiritual death—through choosing and believing.