Although the Romans did not invent crucifixion as a form of capital punishment, they perfected it. Our English word “excruciating” means “out of the cross.” Death by crucifixion was reserved for the worst criminals. One of the privileges of being a Roman citizen was that they were exempt from this type of execution. In today’s passage, we see Jesus on the cross. There are five powerful messages conveyed by Jesus on the cross.
• On the cross His supremecy was announced, vv. 17-22.
• On the cross His compassion was shown, vv. 25-27.
• On the cross His victory was declared, vv. 29-30.
• On the cross His sovereignty was demonstrated, v. 30.
• On the cross the Scripture was fulfilled, vv. 23-24, 28, 31-37.
If you ever begin questioning God’s love for you, look at Jesus on the cross. He did that for you!