King of the Hill (Matthew 27:35-44; Mark 15:25-32; Luke 32-43; John 19:18-27)
As a young boy one of the many games we liked to play at school was “king of the hill”. One thing I need to point out is that this game was very rough and not all boys were willing to play. This game was not for the weak. We would wrestle and scrap as we shoved each other off the top of the mound. By the time one boy stood at the top he was hurled off while others were grappling to take his place. All of this was done because we desired to reign as king. Several boys would play but not all were able to claim kingship.
Over 2,000 years ago, on Golgatha's Hill, our Lord and Saviour hung on a cross for our sins. There was only One willing to bleed, suffer and to die for all people. On that day, at Calvary, the True King was crowned King of kings. Satan and his demonic army attempted to prevent His reign, but He arose in victory and forever secured His title. There are no challengers, no rematch and certainly no split decision or co-champions. He sits alone on the throne for He is the King of the Mountain!
After arriving at Calvary, Jesus was nailed to the cross. Jesus' behavior during the crucifixion was in striking contrast to the way most victims of crucifixion reacted. They would usually beg, fight, curse and even spit at the soldiers and spectators. Luke 23:34 describes Jesus’ reaction to this brutal treatment. Jesus hung on the cross for six hours before He died. Words do not have the power to adequately describe how He suffered. Every nerve and every muscle caused excruciating pain. Besides all of this, even on the cross Jesus faced mockery, ridicule and the temptation to come down from the cross.
We are all guilty of sin. That is why Jesus had to shed His Blood for us and die, so He could pay our sin debt. He suffered for us. It is very important that Jesus Christ really did resurrect from death because we live in a world filled with pain, tragedy, conflict, illness and death. With all the questions being asked over and over, time and time again, we still have an unquenchable longing to find meaning in all the confusion and chaos that we experience. We all have a strong desire to know the answers to the deep questions in life. Spiritual leaders have come and gone, claiming to answer our deepest questions. When Jesus Christ came, He offered something totally different than all others before Him. He took our sin upon Him. The wages of sin is death. They nailed Him to the cross. And when they did this, all sins were nailed to the cross. He took our sins upon Him. Not only did Jesus Christ takes our sins upon the cross, it enabled Christ to give us His righteousness. It means that Jesus took our sins upon His record and then placed His righteousness upon our record.
Prayer: Father, You sent Your only begotten Son to pay for the debt that I owed. Why You did that is hard to comprehend. Jesus Christ did nothing wrong and I can’t seem to stay away from sin! What an amazing gift You have given me! Thank You for bringing me into a relationship with You through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to never forget the debt Christ paid for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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