At Calvary the path of every man crosses the path that God has chosen to walk in this world. At this point of convergence God will do business with every man and every man will contact his God. No man can avoid this confrontation with his Maker and Redeemer, for at Calvary God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. Here God accomplished his greatest work, greater than which even God can do nothing. Here he took upon himself the sin of the world and his own curse upon that sin. This, his most wondrous work, he will not allow to go unnoticed, not even by a single man. What he did, he did for all, and all must come to Calvary to see this thing that God has done, to approve or disapprove.
God wills to be seen and known as he truly is, and nowhere is he more fully revealed in his heart of hearts and inmost being than on that hill outside Jerusalem where the Son of God died in love for those who did not love him. Here is the act which declares that God is love; here is revealed a love that knows how to satisfy justice within a continuing love. To this place of Calvary God will bring every man to behold and see his God—and to approve or disapprove.
As Jesus moved closer toward the Cross, the people moved away from him, and left him alone. Multitudes forsook him, turning him to his disciples with the heart-rending question, “Will ye also go away?” They all answered that they would not, but as the Cross approached they all, as Jesus predicted, forsook him and left him alone. The song is right: “It was alone my Saviour died.”
Momentarily the movement away from him is reversed. As his own people abandon him, Greeks come and say, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” In a most significant response Jesus tells his disciples that the coming ...1
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