By Wade Webster
From the viewpoint of the Jewish
leaders, it was about SILENCE. The Jewish leaders knew that
the world was going after Jesus (Matt. 27:18), and they were
afraid that the whole world would believe on Him (John
11:48). When they couldn’t stump Him or snare Him with their
questions (Matt. 22:15-17, 35), they decided to silence Him
by slaying Him (Matt. 26:3-4). As you know, even this didn’t
work. He arose three days later, and His apostles boldly
preached His resurrection (Acts 2; 4:18-30, 33; 5:17-29,
40-42; 6:7; 17:6).
From the viewpoint of Judas, it was about
SILVER. Judas was a thief and a traitor (John 12:4-6;
13:28-29). He covenanted with the Jewish leaders to sell
Jesus for the “goodly price” of thirty pieces of silver
(Zech. 11:12-13; Mt. 26:15).
From the viewpoint of Pilate, it
was about SELF-PRESERVATION. Although Pilate knew Jesus to
be innocent (Luke 23:4; Matt. 27:24), he caved in to Jewish
pressure to crucify Jesus (John 19:12-13; Mark 15:15). He
sacrificed Jesus in an effort to save himself (John 12:25).
From the viewpoint of the Roman
soldiers, it was about SPORT. The Roman soldiers brought
Jesus into the common hall and mocked Him (Matt. 27:27-31;
Luke 23:11; John 19:2-3). At the foot of His cross, they
cast lots for His wardrobe as they watched Him writhe in
pain (Matt. 27:34-35).
From the viewpoint of the Father,
it was about SUBSTITUTION. In His grace, God sent Jesus to
taste death for us by taking our place on the cross (Heb.
2:9; Rom. 5:8-10; Isa.53:5, 11; 1 Pet. 2:21; John 3:16; 1
From the viewpoint of the Son, it
was about SUBMISSION. Although the cross meant great shame
and suffering for Jesus, He submitted to the Father’s will
and went to the cross (Matt.26:39, 53; Heb. 5:7-9; Heb.
12:2; Phil. 2:8-9).
From the viewpoint of the saints,
it was about SALVATION. The early Christians saw the cross,
and the blood that was shed there, as the means of their
salvation (Matt. 26:28; Acts 20:28; Rom. 5:9-10; 6:3-4; 1
Cor. 1:18-24; 6:19-20; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-20; Rev. 1:5;
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