Calvary- The Law of The Cross
Romans 10:4 (KJB) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
The end of the law brought physical death to Jesus Christ on Calvary and paved an eternal pathway to “put on” His eternal holy nature for every man.
Upon first hearing about the cruel and inhuman death of Jesus Christ, it may seem like nothing more than a horrible end to a good and godly life of a man, and it was, but it was also so much more! Jesus Christ’s physical death was only temporary. Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, along with His subsequent resurrection three days later from the grave, ushered in eternal freedom, removing bondage to the law, paving the way for perpetual redemption from man’s innate sin nature.
Let’s take a few moments to view the law of God inside a biblical perspective, understand the trinity and spiritual nature of God, personally apply the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, understand spiritual knowledge of God, and view the potential for every man and woman to possess eternal life.
The very moment Jesus Christ arose from the grave, as was repeatedly prophesied, three days later, the sting of death was removed forever. The nails which bound Him physically to the cross at Calvary did not bind Him forever inside the throes of physical death. His love and obedience for fulfilling the law of God set Him free, and released Him from the confines of every binding factor; the law, and sin, and death.
Because He died and rose again, you and I are given an opportunity to be eternally set free from the power that naturally binds us inside the throes of sin, the law, and death. Jesus Christ loved us infinitely and unconditionally, even when we were ugly in sin and undeserving of His love. Yet, He allowed Himself to be attached to the cross at Calvary bound with unconditional love for God and man, thereby fulfilling the will of God, bringing us an opportunity for eternal life.
God’s power is always exceedingly above that which is at work in this world (Ephesians 3:20). He soundly defeated the power and sting of death forever through the finished work of His Son on the cross!
This finished work means for every genuine professing Christian, his or her physical death is an exciting moment providing an entrance into the eternal realm for enjoying spiritual fellowship with God forever. It is a time for a celebration of life ever after, rather than a deep and lasting sorrow and grief concerning an expected physical death.
Jesus Christ’s death should bring every man and woman spiritual excitement. It is a fulfillment of the law (Matthew 5:17). It is an expected end to life on this earth for every man and woman.
However, for the lost man, woman, or child, it brings a chilling fear of the unknown. Rather than having chosen eternal hope in Christ, they are spiritually bound to the god of this world and headed towards a fiery destination in hell and existing without sweet communion with God forever. Rather than facing eternal bliss, they have chosen to face perpetual desolation and a spiritual wasteland, without God’s presence, forever.
Crucifixions were a standard tool used by government officials for conveying a penalty of physical death for individuals caught breaking specific laws requiring a sentence of death for their crime(s). These hangings were carried out in public areas by military soldiers tasked by the government with seeking the imposed penalties as levied by leaders and Sanhedrin authorities. These leaders, lawyers, and ancient politicians operated a government and a judicial system, which was most times convened like a “Kangaroo Court.” These ruling men made it their business to see that the law, ultimately from God, was upheld. However, these men also chose to impose penalties for their benefit and personal satisfaction, regardless of whether it skirted outside the predisposed parameters of the law.
Yes, this ancient court system, like ours today, was infiltrated by greed, favoritism, and judicial misconduct, and final verdicts were not always subjected to proper or ethical resolutions. Some who were involved in the process of proving a crime defending or sentencing as tasked with upholding God’s law were sometimes found to be operating without scruples. Such was the case in the treatment and sentencing of Jesus Christ, whom Pilate, and potentially others, knew to be innocent of any criminal misconduct, having committed no crime and certainly not worthy of the harshly imposed penalty of death.
Yes, Jesus Christ, found innocent of any charges, was crookedly sentenced to death on the cross. His crucifixion was not about the breaking of the law of God, but even so, was divinely permitted to be carried out according to the will of God. The unruly crowd called for His death, officials chose to sentence him to death, and the sin of all humanity (including yours and mine too) required a shed blood death. Therefore, despite His innocence, God divinely willed His Son to succumb to His physical death on this earth and the shedding of His precious blood to take place as an eternal sacrifice for all sin.
All people require the benefit of Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross to live forever. Through His sacrificial physical death and shed blood sacrifice, any person can choose to live forever.
The men in authority were loosely handing out the law and liberty on this earth and often found to be operating without the direction of a moral compass. Ultimately, unbeknownst to them at the time, they were used by God to bring Jesus Christ’s physical death for ushering in eternal life according to God’s will.
Deuteronomy 21:22-23 (KJB) And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: 23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Besides the actual carrying out of the law and hanging a man to death, God’s Law had ramifications regarding the treatment and disposal of dead bodies not willing to take any of these laws loosely, the soldiers followed closely the means permitted for handling a dead body in managing the removal and burial of the deceased physical body of Jesus Christ.
Funny, it seems they were more afraid of the law in His death, and in the abundance of a large crowd, then they were in the taking of His physical life. Perhaps, these crowds of people gathered in Jerusalem for the time of the feast were beginning to swell with even more new arrivals, and the government officials did not desire to have any rioting or trouble with them. Perhaps otherwise, the soldiers might not have been so insistent upon following the law by removing the now lifeless body of Jesus Christ from off the cross before sundown as the law insisted is done.
This crowd gathered in preparation for celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread the very next day. (It is essential to take note that this feast is a celebration of being delivered from bondage.) Jesus Christ delivered humanity from the bondage of sin from the shedding of His blood on Calvary. This fact requires an even deeper delve into the ancient spiritual details recorded inside God’s Word relevant to understanding the significance to His death at Calvary and making it necessary for me to further expand upon this detail in another writing.
John 19:31 (KJB) The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
The Jewish soldiers were punctual in removing the bodies of the three men, the two convicted thieves, and Jesus Christ from their crosses. The other two men had their legs broke, for proving death, while Jesus Christ’s legs were not broken His side was torn open allowing the blood and water to spill out (another detail that can be expanded on in another writing), yet another fulfillment of prophecy was satisfied this ancient day.
The crowd of people gathered to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread perhaps would serve to interfere with the hearing and the handling of Jesus Christ, both in His death and in His life. Today, a loud and unruly crowd in this world still desires to wickedly dominate the perception and action of both God and man. Genuine Christians should wholeheartedly wish to serve and testify of the new life available inside a personal relationship with God through the death of Christ for the intent and purpose of bringing honor and glory to God.
The popular crowd, who represents the evil and darkness of the god of this world, will always desire to drown out the endless spiritual benefits of personally knowing Christ and never wish to bring honor and glory to God. This sad fact will never change in this world. Even the mere mention of the working of Jesus Christ brings angst among those who do not personally know Him. By standing for God, you are choosing to condemn that which is wrong with this world, rather than getting in line with many who are following anything that is made popular in this world.
Those who desire to stand for what is spiritually right and eternally valuable according to God’s standard, rather than anything the crowd values, are undoubtedly genuine professing children of God. These godly men and women understand with their heart by the redemption of their soul the serious business of the finished work of Jesus Christ upon Calvary. The eternal price of doing right is free, while the cost a man or woman must pay for choosing to do wrong in God’s holy estimation will require the price of their life.
Yes, Jesus Christ completed the law by fulfilling it with His willing obedience of death on the cross! He did His spiritual work, obeying God unto death for bringing the potential of spiritual betterment for you, which is new eternal life ushered into our soul through faith with endless love and lifelong obedience to God’s will for our life!
Yes, God removed the curse of the law at work in this world, replacing it with His unlimited grace and mercy:
Galatians 3:13 (KJB) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
Why is the law of God a curse? The purpose of God’s law has always been to uncover our sins. Yes, the law of God continually acts as a “spiritual shovel” for revealing and exposing our every sin, for there are hundreds of requirements that no person can meet or exceed in God’s law. There is something like six hundred and thirteen laws of God introduced in the Old Testament.
Every person naturally continually breaks God’s law because he and she are naturally evil and wicked. Or because a man or woman is saved by God but still present in his weak and wobbly flesh, he is subjected to many opportunities to sin against God, and while his heart is changed towards God, his flesh is still present in this wicked and sinful world and subject to many spiritual battles. Read Romans 7:14-25 for more godly insight on conflicts between that which is spiritual and that which is carnal in this fallen world.
Yes, you and I are naturally born with a natural bent towards serving and savoring sin rather than desiring to serve God and to expose wrongdoing and run away from it! God’s law reveals every one of our shortcomings. His law stirs our conscience, which knocks upon our heart and conscience as it uncovers sin at work in this world. There is no way that any of us can regard and follow the vast expanse of God’s Law on our own. We all fail exceedingly on our own merits. However, operating inside the fuel of faith in a personal relationship with God, a man and woman can be justified in Him!
Galatians 2: 16 (KJB) 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
A man or woman is justified through the work of Calvary but not according to any of our merit, for there is nothing right and valuable inside us apart from having a personal relationship with God and living within the context of His power and presence.
Finally, those who personally understand the merit of the cross of Calvary at work in their own lives and the lives of others in the family of God will choose to view sin as God sees it. They will desire the things that God wants, knowing that God personally will allow their faith to find a resting place in the finished work of Calvary rather than seeking rest in their own worthless and insignificant thoughts and actions.
James 2:10 (KJB) For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Jesus Christ did what humanity could not do for himself because of the hefty personal price of fulfilling all the ordinances of the law of God. It is impossible for anyone to keep God’s law because every person is dreadfully weak and wobbly in his flesh and the Bible is evident about this throughout the entire canon of scripture:
Colossians 2:13-15 (KJB) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Romans 7:6 (KJB) But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Praise God that He does not expect us to meet and exceed His Law. Doing so would be an impossibility in our human weakness. It would be a life that is repeatedly “spiritually frustrating.” An experience that would offer many hindrances to maturing and growing and in the production of spiritual fruit (1st Peter 3:18).
The only sure way to meet and exceed the holy and perfect Law of God is to allow His presence and Spirit to dwell and work inside your heart and in turn, rightly affect this evil world by pointing to the supernatural power and presence of God. God promises to perfect a man or woman who chooses to place faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work of Calvary. This choice for positionally standing spiritually tall in this wicked world is available when His presence and power are on board your softened heart. Only then can a man or woman live according to God’s will in this world and forever in eternity.
Only inside a personal relationship with God can you meet the holy expectations of His law. The physical death of Jesus Christ and His subsequent resurrection from the grave provided an eternal pathway for receiving His divine mercy, grace, and power now and always.
It is only God’s goodness and holiness, which perfectly fulfills the law.
Stay tuned for our next devotion in this Unwrapping The Gift of Calvary Series titled Calvary – The Tale of Three Criminals.
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