Would Today's Society Crucify Christ?
People Today and People at the Crucifixion
today's society crucify Christ? Today, people tend to pretend that we have advanced in our morals --that we're past the "sin"
thing. But in actuality, we have only advanced in technology and in ways to numb ourselves to sin's reality. Think about it:
We have "reality shows" which do not represent reality. Our phones constantly light up and distract us from the
true Light: Jesus Christ. Music inundates our senses at stores so that we ignore the still, small voice inviting us to come
to Christ. Countless ads and incentives entice us to buy our way to happiness. Yet when our shopping sprees finish and the
carts are empty and when the parties end, people find themselves with empty hearts. Social media and other forms of media
attract our attention so that we ignore the truth of Christ.
in our society function and treat Christ today is just like those who participated in actual crucifixion, which was prophesied
and described in Isaiah 53:3-4 (TLB): "We despised him and rejected him-a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we didn't care. Yet it was our grief
he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins!"
How Our Modern Society Treats Jesus
hear it everywhere: Today, people use the Name of Jesus as a swear word, dragging His Name in the dirt like He was some kind
of criminal. People treated innocent Jesus as a criminal when He was crucified between two criminals. You see it everywhere:
Secular society mocks Jesus -just like the people who mocked Jesus on the cross.
Today's Society Crucify Christ?
So would today's society crucify Christ?
The answer is a heart-piercing, horrifying "yes." It is because Jesus Christ, as the perfect, holy, good, and only
Son of God, reminds us of our rebellion and sin against God. And humans in power will do anything to keep their power instead
of identifying their sin and repenting of it. The Bible says, "If we claim we have not sinned, we are lying and calling
God a liar, for he says we have sinned" (I John 1:10, TLB). Sin is serious: Sin is rejecting God and doing things our
way instead of His Way. It's falling short of the glory of God. We are not God. He is God. And we offend Him when we reject
His loving, righteous, holy reign and break His commandments, which are based out of His love and what is best for us.
People Today Still Act Like Pilate, Peter, and Judas
initially didn't want to crucify Christ. He knew it was a power-driven, politically motivated move by Jewish leaders who felt
threatened by Christ. But, when the crowds cried out for Christ to be crucified, Pilate caved to the pressure. Countless people
are like Pilate today: They desire the approval of people more than God. They choose popularity instead of Jesus.
Then there are the people who are like "Peter": They decide to go "all in"
with Jesus and then, when their preconceived visions are dashed by unexpected tragedy, misunderstanding, and difficulty, they
deny and run from Jesus when the going gets tough.
Oh, and people who
are like Judas certainly do exist today. They trade and betray Jesus for money and do not even blink. But they always despair
at the end.
Faithful Followers of Jesus
we can't forget about the faithful followers! These true Christians are like those who stayed with Jesus at the foot of the
cross and wouldn't leave Him because they loved Him and kept His commandments with disregard of people's approval.
Yes, today's society is comprised of people who are just like those present when Jesus was crucified
and resurrected. Today's society is comprised of sinful human beings who misidentify and mistreat Jesus constantly. Yet Jesus
still offers us Himself.
The GOOD News of Good Friday
Yes! The Good News of Good Friday remains current Good News: God still offers us a chance to
turn to Jesus no matter how we've treated Him in the past. Listen: It's not too late! Come to Jesus. He'll clean you, make
you a new creation, free you from the effects of sin and death, and give you His victory!
if you've drifted in your devotion, do not despair: Just come to Jesus and remember that "If we [freely] admit that we
have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins
and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose]"
(I John 1:9).
Hallelujah! He lives! And, because He lives, we have the facts that we who know Him will be with
Him forever in Heaven! That makes Good Friday so good. That makes Easter worth celebrating today and every day! I Corinthians
15:57 surges joy in my heart: "How we thank God for all of this! It is he who makes us victorious through Jesus Christ
our Lord!" (I Corinthians 15:57)
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-Stacie Ruth Stoelting Hudzinski
Good Friday and Easter Messages by Billy Graham
Billy Graham shares the triumphant message of the Resurrection, reading from John
19-20 and I Corinthians 15. Taken from an Easter address filmed in Jerusalem, 1960.
Billy Graham - Why the cross? (Charlotte NC 1958)
Billy Graham explains why Jesus had to die on the cross.
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"Beginning today and culminating on Sunday morning,
Christians will celebrate with their families the resurrection of Christ, His victory over death. We will remember that He
gave His body and His blood-washing clean the faults and the shortcomings of the world. In our rejoicing we will renew the
hope that is ours through the risen Lord."
President Ronald Reagan
This Month's Bible Verse
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that
whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
The Power of the Cross
Keith and Kristyn Getty perform "The Power of the Cross".
The Power of the Cross
Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day,
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross
This, the power of the cross,
Christ became sin for us
Took the blame, bore the
We stand forgiven at the cross.
Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.
Now the daylight flees
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life,
"Finished!" the victory cry.
Oh, to see my name
in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death
is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.
This, the power of the cross
Son of God slain
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.
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