The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Jesse M. Hendley
Let us turn to a passage of Scripture that has helped untold thousands of people to see the basis of their salvation. Luke 23:32-48. ''And there were also two others, malefactors, led with Him to be put to death.
And when they were come to the place, which is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And parting His garments among them, they cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them scoffed at Him saying, He saved others; let Him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen. And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming to Him offering Him vinegar and saying, ''If Thou art the King of the Jews, save Thyself. And there was also a superscription over Him, This is the King of the Jews. And one of the malefactors that were hanged railed on Him, saying, Art not Thou the Christ? Save Thyself and us. But the other answered, rebuking him, saying; Dost thou not fear God, seeing that thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds. But this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said, Jesus remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, today shalt thou be with Me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour and there was a darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, Father, into Thy Hands I commend my spirit. And having said thus, He gave up the ghost. When the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God saying; certainly this was a righteous man. And all the multitudes that came together to this sight returned, smiting their breasts.'' This is the tremendous drama of the Cross. I want to call your attention to those three crosses. On the ...
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