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He was a Righteous Man

Jesus Christ gave up his own life for the sin of the people (Hebrews 9:28). Nature understood what happened and there was darkness over the whole earth. He dies alone on the hill, separated from his Father, and yet places his entire trust in Him - committing his spirit to the Father's care.

F.B. Meyer offers the following observation on Luke 23: 44-49: Rulers, soldiers, and malefactors all heaped their insults on the dying Lord, little realizing that they were all included in the great love which was pouring itself out as the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. It may be that we shall have to share the same opprobrium, if we drink of His cup and are baptized with His baptism. But God will do for us as He did for Jesus; He will not leave our soul in the grave nor suffer His own to see corruption, Psalm 16:10.
The signs of renewal, wrought in the heart of the penitent thief, showed the sure work of the Holy Spirit. These were the fear of God, the sense of justice in His suffering, the confession of evil deeds, the recognition of our Lord’s sinlessness and dignity, and the anticipation of His coming Kingdom. We may begin a day under the dull skies of earth and close it where there is no need of sun or moon. For the rent veil, see Hebrews 10:20.
Dying saints have often passed home with our Lord’s last words on their lips, Psalm 31:5; Acts 7:59.

Even the gentile centurion could see the injustice and the wrongful suffering of our Lord. Christ was clear of any charges laid against him, yet he suffers for our sin. Yet this observation is in sharp contrast to the many, who came to insult a dying man. Some did not, and with a conscious of guilt, and perhaps fearing some divine punishment, beat their chests in confusion and dread. At least they returned to their homes to ponder all that had happened. 

 

David L Simon
Posted: 14 Apr 2017