We’ve all probably seen numerous depictions of Jesus’ crucifixion. There have been many movies made and countless Passion plays done in churches and theaters all over the world. As Christians we know that the events that took place on Calvary’s hill, followed by Jesus’ resurrection three days later are the most significant events in human history. Without them we would be hopelessly lost in our sin.
Every reenactment that I’ve ever seen of Jesus’ death on the cross has always been presented through human eyes. We see the cross from the perspective of those who were there and who experienced it on that fateful day. Have you ever wondered what the crucifixion looked like from Heaven’s perspective?
Gene Edwards, in his book The Divine Romance, tries to portray the cross from God’s perspective. While it’s presumptuous to think that we can know exactly how God saw the events that unfolded on Calvary so many years ago, I believe that Edwards relays something very powerful. He entitled the chapter “All Things to the Cross.”
It’s too long to share the whole narrative but I’ll try to sum it up. As the mallet of the Roman soldier is being raised over Jesus’ bloodied and bruised body and the nails are being driven into His hands and feet every angelic host in heaven watched in utter disbelief. Every fiber of their being was tensed as they waited for a command from God the Father to intervene and bring this insanity to an end.
Instead God gave different orders. As time stood still God commanded these angels to go back in time and gather up and bring everything to the cross. The stone tablets that God gave to Moses with the Ten Commandments, every rule, every regulation, every ordinance that had ever been penned, proclaimed, or dreamed of. All law, all legalism, and all bondage were brought to the cross. All rituals, all worship, all holy days, and even the Sabbath itself were summoned to the cross. The temple was brought to the cross. You see, all of these things were but shadows and types and on that day they were all brought to the cross.
Then the angels were given their most difficult assignment. Go back throughout human history as well as into the future and gather up every sin or every man and every woman who had ever lived or would ever live and bring that to the cross.
Even death itself, our greatest enemy, was summoned to the cross. Everything was placed upon the Lord Jesus. He cried out, “My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?” With that He breathed His last breath. And as His life drained out of Him, all those things that stood against us and all those things that were temporary types and shadows were crucified that day with Him on the cross.
And we who are followers of Jesus Christ stand today clothed in His righteousness and having the gift of eternal life through faith in what He did on Calvary’s hill so many years ago.
Pastor Tim Lindsay
I hope that you are inspired and challenged by the thoughts in this blog.