The Mount of Propitiation
J. Gerald Harris
Luke 22:33, I John 2:1-2
Tonight we're talking about the mount of propitiation. Perhaps the first thing that we need to do is define propitiation. The word means "the act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person." In theology it has to do with the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to satisfy His wrath and render Him merciful to sinners.
And there is a mount where this propitiation took place. The Bible says "and when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him."
The great crowds which had followed the procession from the governor's palace were shouting in chants as they came to Calvary. They called it Golgotha. If seen in a silhouette in the fleeting twilight hours, it suggested a human skull. It was a place to be avoided. It was where two great highways converged upon the city of Jerusalem. And down in the valley below a place of stench, a place of horror; an ugly place where refuse always burned and the evil smelling smoke curled up and was wafted over the brow of Golgotha. That was the place of public execution.
There the procession stopped. Only as the nails were driven into the hands of Jesus did the shouting and the chanting stop. There was a hush because most of them were stunned and horrified...even the hardest of them were silenced. It is not pleasant to watch nails being driven through human flesh. After this horrifying experience, the cross upon which Jesus had been stretched was erected and was dropped with a sickening thud into the pit they had dug for it. The Nazarene had mounted His last pulpit. There you have it - Calvary - the skull shaped hill bearing Jesus on the cross.
I. THE MAN OF THE CROSS
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there? Have you ever gone to the foot of Calvary and watched that infamously tragic drama played out to its crucial, horrendous finale? Have you seen the suffering Savior ...
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