By Carolyn Hittenberger
For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect . 1 Peter 1:18, 19
He was bigger than life. Some called him a king. Others thought He was God. He had to be stopped. “Crucify Him!” His enemies thought his death would end His life.
The crown of thorns they pressed upon His brow seeped beads of scarlet, releasing new birth for those dead in sin. The crown of death became a crown of life!
Nails tore His hands, those healing hands that touched blind eyes and gave them sight, cleansed infected lepers, repaired withered limbs and blessed little children- releasing forgiveness and restoration to every needy man.
Spikes pierced His feet, those calloused feet that walked dusty roads to meet seekers and skeptics, led a ragtag band of followers to secluded places where He taught them Kingdom truths and climbed hills to keep divine appointments with His Father, releasing a blood-stained plan to show us how to walk.
A Roman sword exposed His broken heart, opened a double fountain of healing and cleansing, releasing an endless supply of compassion and paying the price for our rebellion and sin.
The cross, honored by His blood, stood tall to lift up the Lamb of God, the dying Life-Giver, each wound releasing the purchase price of redemption, relationship, freedom and hope.
Yes, they crucified Him, thinking that would be the end. But the very death-act of crucifixion was part of God’s plan for Life…released to reverse the curse of sin.
Yes, He is bigger than life. Yes, He is a King…the King of Kings. Yes, He is God…very God. Jesus could have called off His crucifixion, but He knew without shedding His blood there would be no remission of sin. He allowed them to crucify Him. They did not know that every wound they opened up released His life-giving blood for us…for me…for you.
… Jesus Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
Carolyn Hittenberger recently retired from serving at Global University, and is still active in ministry and as an AGWM missionary. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.