The records of those hours prior to our Lord’s crucifixion carry in them an inexhaustible source of information which is of vital importance to every Christian.

Confronted by the Cross, the great central event of all history, we are compelled to bow and worship.

The nature, magnitude, and implications of the death of the Son of God are such that two things stand out in clearest focus—the sinfulness of man and the love of God.

If my sins required the death of the Son of God for their remission, then how great are those sins!

This side of eternity none of us will ever know all that was involved in Christ’s death on the Cross. We speak of various “theories” of the atonement but all of these explanations, if proven to be valid, are summed up in one simple sentence which any man can understand and accept: “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.”

Take any translation of the New Testament and the meaning is the same: “Christ died for our sins.”

Before this statement which Paul gives as one of the two essential elements in the Gospel, man stands stripped of every pretense while God is revealed in the majesty of his love, mercy, and grace combined with his holiness, power, and justice.

What a tragedy that this great central truth of the Gospel is so often ignored, perverted, denied, bypassed, minimized, or made so complicated that men become lost in a maze of words.

To complete the simplicity of this message, let us remember the rest of Paul’s outline of the Gospel he preached: “and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

We live in a time when truths such as these, which are vital to man’s eternal welfare, become lost to men’s view in the quagmire of supposed ...

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