Mark 15.22-33 – Sin and Salvation
Posted: 20 May 2011 in Mark

And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

This story is so familiar it can be difficult to make yourself realise the full enormity of what is going on. The Bible has much to say about the sinful nature of man, but with the crucifixion of the Son of God, the sin endemic to the human race reaches its furthest extent. Even though none of us were present at the crucifixion, we shouldn’t kid ourselves that we can escape our share of guilt. We share in the same sinful nature of those who crucified Jesus, and, given half a chance, we may well have been amongst those helping to drive the nails in. If that is true for Christians, it is even more true for those who actively set their face against God. The condemnation which is promised for rebellion against God is wholly justified.

And yet, for those to whom God is graciously pleased to grant repentance, and acknowedgement of their sins, the crucifixion and ressurection of Jesus makes salvation available.

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