I have posed several questions to christians on my blog, and made many accusations and lampooned Religion, yet no one has ever seemed to want to answer. Maybe you can. It is said, ‘Jesus died on the cross for my sins, he was crucified in my place.’ Okay. I wasn’t alive back then, and as far as history shows, Jesus was crucified for the crime of sedition against Rome, the equivalent of terrorism today. Ok, What did I do in my present life to cause Jesus’ death by the Roman Occupation? 2. The countless 1000s of others who were also crucified throughout the length and breath of Rome’s dominion; what or who did they die for? Why is Jesus death sentence for crimes against Rome significant and theirs wasn’t? Can someone please answer! Thanks.
I wish we were sitting and having coffee together, instead of answering this in a comment response box, but I’ll try to answer your question.
Is it true that I’m seeing in your question above, ‘Look, what does Jesus dying on a Roman cross 2000 years ago have to do with me?’
-Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind.(every single person who had, or would, or does live now)
-We allowed sin to enter our world back in the Garden (see Genesis 2&3, and we have a blog post on our site, The Disappointing)
-Now every single person born into this life has an inherited sinful nature.
-That very sin-filled nature separates us from God. He is Holy and without sin
-To be with God forever, to go to Heaven, (it’s not a default place) you need to be holy and perfect, because remember God is, and one can’t have their sins and be with God.
-So God made a way, His Son Jesus, who was sinless, and was crucified, yes, on a Roman cross, to die in our place. To die for every single one of us. While being crucified on the cross, God turned His face away. Jesus said, “Why have you forsaken me?”
He wasn’t a terrorist. The Bible says He went willingly. He had a following which the lame religious leaders of the day were jealous of. He claimed to be the One True God, being one with His Father, and Jesus claimed to be the only way into Heaven (a hugely unpopular viewpoint in 2013, but we believe entirely)
John 10:30, John 14:9, John 1:10, John 3:3-8, John 3:16-21..etc.
-Jesus’ death bridged a gap for all who realize their need to be forgiven. We are not perfect, but true followers of Him try and live as righteous of lives as possible. We pray, and we attend church, bible studies, and home fellowships, not because this saves us, but because it’s how we learn. Because of Jesus’ blood spilled on that cross, when those of us who have put our faith in Him die, we see God, Jesus, His Spirit, and Heaven.
So, was this about you? Yep. You are part of that ‘sin of all mankind’…. And it’s about me. And it’s about your sin, and mine. Enough sentence fragments… Every one of us makes a choice to claim what Jesus said as truth, or to deny His claims.
On crucifixion..,people were normally crucified for various crimes. Uprisings against Rome, theft, murder, etc. They had a form of law and a court system, and unless crucified unjustly, they died as a form of capital punishment for their crime(s).
Jesus’ death was due to appeasement.
Jesus’ sentence to death was for a claim of the supernatural. He claimed to be God, and He performed miracles in the name of God. This was blasphemy. The Jewish people, living under a heavy yoke of the Roman government were disillusioned to Jesus being the long-awaited messiah. They were looking for the strong orator, wealthy in friends, benefactors, and a figurative white horse. One who would sweep in and gather the suffering, lessen the Roman taxes, and fling wide and impotent the gates of Roman oppression. How dare this man, a carpenter, poor in wealth and family affiliation, ride in on Palm Sunday on the colt of a donkey! They wanted an even better Barak Obama, but they got a Joe Shmoe. The guy next door.
Or so they thought.
He was a slap in the face of their ideology. So they crucified Him. They chanted, and yelled so loud even the governors and senators who had shrugged, and had said they found no fault in Him did as the crowd wished. Must have been an election year.
To answer your question, my friend, it wasn’t so significant His sentence, or the government in rule at the time.
The great significance is Him.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has also highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord..”
Hope this helped!
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