by Stephen Whitney

Miraculous Death
Stephen Whitney
Matthew 27:45-54

Julius Caesar was a Roman general, about 60 years before Jesus was born, who helped make Rome into a world empire. Because of his great victories in Spain and Germany the Roman Senate gave him great honors and political titles. But as politics go, over a period of time some of the Senate turned against him.

At one point in Julius Caesar's political career, feelings ran so high against him that he thought it would be best for him to leave Rome.
He sailed for the Aegean island of Rhodes, but en route the ship was attacked by pirates and Caesar was captured. The pirates demanded a ransom of 12,000 gold pieces and Caesar's staff
was sent away to arrange the payment.

Caesar spent almost 40 days with his captors, jokingly telling the pirates on several occasions that he would someday capture and crucify them to a man. The kidnappers were greatly amused.

But then the ransom was paid and Caesar was freed, the first thing he did was to gather a fleet and pursue the pirates. They were all captured and crucified . . . to a man.

That was the attitude of the Roman's toward crucifixion. It was reserved for the worst criminals as a means of showing extreme contempt for the condemned who had no rights only punishment.

The Romans crucified Jesus because the Jew leaders requested it. For them it was a way of showing their complete contempt for Jesus, but from God's view it revealed his complete punishment for sin against his holy character and standard which must be completely punished to show that God is just.

A.W. Pink wrote, "God is angry against sin because it is a rebelling against His authority, a wrong done to His sovereignty."
God must punish all sin for him to be just and holy otherwise he would be inconsistent and unfair and therefore not perfect.

Jesus chose to die on the cross in our place as our substitute so we could be forgiven instead of punished of our sins against Go ...

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