Am I Responsible For The Cross?

by | May 3, 2022 | Blogs | 0 comments

Short answer: Yes, but you’re not the only one. Christ was sent by the Father to rescue sinners; one problem though, rescuing sinners from death required a redemption payment of – death – and not just any death, but the death of a spotless, sinless, Savior. That is why the Savior came – the “Incarnate” one – God in flesh. The only way to become a sinless man was to be born a “son of man” and live a sinless life, which he did, and all has been recorded of his life – and death – in Holy Scripture.

We are told in Ephesians 2, we were not just responsible but culpable:

Ephesians 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world…  3 We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also.

When Horatius Bonar, a Scottish preacher from the 19th century contemplated his own culpability, he wrote these words:

‘Twas I that shed the sacred blood
I nailed Him to the tree
I crucified the Christ of God
I joined the mockery
Of all that shouting multitude
I feel that I am one
And in that din of voices rude
I recognize my own

What a horrible feeling it is when we come to grips with the truth that it was “our” sin – or more appropriately – “my” sin that required his death. Not only that, but that I nailed him to the tree; I spit on him; my mocking voice called out for him to be whipped and crucified. Even his own disciples fled from him during his trial and execution – remember Peter who denied him three times after his bold promise to never betray him. Yet, even while on the cross, Christ beckoned his Father to forgive and after his resurrection appeared to all his disciples and showered them with love and hope for their own resurrection. We have that same promise as rescued souls through trust in his redemption.

Ephesians 2 continues with:

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, 5 made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!  6 Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, 7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

We added the following chorus to Pastor Bonar’s hymn to highlight the Savior’s love that he demonstrated for us when he sacrificed his sinless life on our behalf. He truly died for those who caused his shame.

And now I know your love
Is like no other love
You died for those who caused
Your shame
Your all-forgiving love
Is like no other love






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