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Intro: There were many places that played a part in our Lord’s
earthly life. There was
step Jesus took in His earthly life was leading Him to the place the Greeks
called “Topos Kranion”;
the Hebrews called it “Golgotha”; and the Romans called “
I would like for us to travel back to A Place Called Calvary. As we do, I want to point out three facts about that place which make it a special place different from all others. Join me today as I preach about A Place Called Calvary.
· v. 33 – the phrase “where they crucified Him” condenses over 18 hours of suffering into four words. Here is what He suffered during those hours.
· He had been arrested, tried and
convicted in a mock trial. False witnesses had been called against Him and He
had been abused by the
· He had been taken to Pilate where He
was abused by Pilate’s soldiers: Scourged – Mark 15:15 (
· He was sentenced to die and suffered
along the Via Dolorosa, (The Way of Suffering – 650 yards long). He carried His cross, (Ill. Patibulum, or cross bar – 110 pounds) John 19:17. (
· He suffered at
· He submitted Himself to the horrible
death of the cross – Phil. 2:5-8; John
· Why? 1.) To demonstrate God’s love –
II. v. 34-38 IT WAS
· In every account of the death of Jesus in the Gospels, one little pronoun keeps appearing. It is the pronoun “they”. Just a quick glance at this text gives us a glimpse into the heart of the people. 1.) v. 18 – They chose Barabbas over Jesus; 2.) v. 21 – They cried for His death; 3.) v. 23 – They were determined to see Him dead; 4.) v. 25-26 – They lead Him away to His death; 5.) v. 35 – They even mocked Him as He died.
· What did He do to deserve this treatment? All He had ever done was good. He had healed their sick; raised their dead; fed their hungry; and told them the truth. Yet, they rejected Him and demanded that He be put to death, John 19:14-15.
· What makes this so tragic is the
fact that Jesus was their Messiah. They
had waited for Him, looked for Him and prayed for Him for 4,000 years and when
He came they refused to bow to Him. Isa.
53:1-3; John 1:11. (
· As tragic is that is, it is just as
tragic that people still reject Him today.
He is the only hope of salvation, Acts
4:12; John 14:6. Yet, people still
mock Him, curse Him and refuse Him. How could such love be refused? (
· Friend, He loves you! Have you
returned His love?
III. v. 39-47 IT WAS
· Yet, all was not tragedy that day! Yes, Jesus suffered a more horrible death than we can even imagine. But, He also accomplished something of eternal importance.
· It was a place of triumph for one of the thieves, Luke 23:39-43. It was a place of triumph for the Centurion as well, Luke 23:47. But, it was a place for “whosoever will”.
· When Jesus died on that cross, He literally became sin, 2 Cor. 5:21. As sin, He was judged by God, Matt. 27:46. When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for the sins of everyone who will place their faith in Him for salvation.
· His triumph was so complete that He
was able to declare salvation’s plan finished forever with His dying breath, John 19:30. (
· “It is finished”, now
there is nothing to do but believe! You see, He died, but He rose again three
days later, Matt. 28:1-6. Now, He
lives forever to make salvation available to all who will come to Him by faith,
Heb. 7:25; Rev. 1:18. (