A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

The Innocent One is Crucified

Luke 23:26-38

In these verse of Jesus going to and being on the cross, we get three glimpses of our Savior. First, we see A Broken Savior – one whose body was disfigured by his beatings and who was tired from difficult emotions and a lack of sleep. Because of this he was too weak to carry his own cross and Simon of Cyrene was commanded to carry it for him. Truly our Savior took on human flesh, and his suffering was a part of God’s plan to keep us from the suffering we deserve. “He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” We then see A Compassionate Savior, for on his way to the cross he took the time to warn and rebuke the Daughters of Jerusalem who were weeping for him. Jesus told them their tears could be better spent on themselves and for their children, for judgment was coming on Jerusalem. It is better to cry tears of repentance. Finally, we get a glimpse of A Pardoning Savior who, while being placed on the cross, cried out to his Father that the sins of those who crucified him be forgiven. In context this refers only to the sin of crucifying the Son of God – but it gives all men hope for if this sin can be forgiven, the worst of our sins can be forgiven. If these men can be forgiven, we all can! Praise God for such a Savior!