(26-32) The Crucifixion
The head-waggers had it all wrong. Jesus the Christ did not come to save Himself from the cross, He came to save others through the cross. Even if Christ had come down from the cross, the chief priests and the scribes still would not have believed. True faith does not require sight to believe.
(33-41) The Death of Jesus
What killed Jesus the Christ? Physically, it was the brutal beatings, the thorns, and the nails; but, spiritually, it was sin. The bone-breaking weight of my sin and your sin bruised His body, sapped His strength, and crushed His physical life. As awful as Jesus’ physical pain was, it wasn’t the worst of the pain that He endured. Lon Solomon writes:
I believe that what was even more horrific to Jesus than the physical pain and torture would be the time when the sins of the world, every one of your sins and my sins, would be heaped upon Him. The Father, whom He had been with for all of time, the One who loved Him with a deep and abiding love that is beyond our comprehension, would not be able to look on the Son. God would have to break the deep connection that they had since the beginning of time while Jesus hung on the cross (read full post here).
Sin and the consequence of sin – separation from God – is what caused the most agony for Christ.
Favorite verse: (34) And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”