Monday, July 26, 2010

Why was Christ crucified?

He was crucified to stop Him from saving mankind.

From the history concerning the devil or Satan, we know that through temptation he had always used man to attack those who showed loyalty to God. All through the bible, right from the beginning we see how he set his agents against those who refused to bow down to or worship one idol or the other.

In the time of Christ we see what happened to John the Baptist (Mark 6:19-29); we also see the fate of Stephen (Acts 7:54-60) and many others. What was their crime? They were spreading enlightenment about God and His Will. They were revealing aspects of the Truth to their fellow human beings. They were talking about the Son of God, Jesus and His kingdom.

These activities were against the wish of the devil whose desire is to lead all astray so that together with him, man would eventually suffer eternal damnation.
It was all the more reason he attacked the Son of God Who came from the Truth and Himself is the Truth. Christ was more dangerous than all the others combined. And Satan wasted no time in trying to destroy the mission of the Son of God. Right from the period of the birth of Jesus the devil pursued Him using every available agent of darkness; King Herod, the Pharisees, the Scribes; they all served their purposes as his tools.

In John 8:37-38 Jesus said,
“I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are trying to kill me, because you will not accept my teaching. I talk about what my Father has shown me, but you do what your father has told you.”

In John 8:42-44 He also said,
“I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own authority, but He sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my message. You are the children of your father the Devil, and you want to follow your father’s desires. From the very beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of Truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies. But I tell the Truth, and that is why you do not believe me.”

It should be clear whose bidding the Jewish Authorities, the Pharisees and the scribes were following. They were being directed by Satan the Devil. Did God therefore join hands with the devil in order to achieve the purpose of murdering His Son?

Christ tried to give a clear picture when He gave the ‘Parable of the Tenants’ in the Vineyard in Matthew 21: 35-39.
“When the time came to gather the grapes he sent his slaves to the tenants to receive his share of the harvest. The tenants seized his slaves, beat one, killed another and stoned another. Again the man sent more slaves, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all he sent his son to them. ‘Surely they will respect my son,’ he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the owner’s son. Come on, let’s kill him, and we will get his property!’ So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.”

Satan succeeded in cutting short the mission of Christ; he succeeded in cutting short the earthly life of Jesus. But he did not win with that. He actually lost. He lost because he could not stop the truth from being told. Despite the murder of the Son of God; despite the persecutions and killings of His followers, the message of the Messiah continued to spread; from province to province, nation to nation…And people are still being saved.

Satan knows this. He knows that he lost the battle. But he also knows something else! He knows that the war has not ended. It rages on! Rev 12:12 tells us “…how terrible for the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, and he is filled with rage…”

And so he roams the earth, looking for whom to devour.
And the one formally called Lucifer—“the shinning one”, but now referred to as Satan the devil, is a master of cunning; of deceit; of treachery; of lies. He uses so many methods to lure man away from the right path. One of which is the distortion of the messages of Truth brought by so many servants of God and also by the Son of God Himself.

How else will man drop his guard if he is not told that the Almighty God is mysterious and that because He loves man so much He sent His Son Jesus to the earth to be murdered by them so that their sins might be forgiven? How else will he continue to indulge in sin if he is not told that we are saved by grace, and not by works?

Satan tells man that it is impossible to live without sin; that we can continue to live in sin so long as we believe in the death of the son of God and accept Him as our Lord and personal Saviour.

While Christ said “not those who call me Lord, but those who keep the Will of my Father who sent me,” Satan on the other hand says “as long as you call Him Lord, the Will of His Father is not so important.”

Here on earth, another is king. Satan! And he was enthroned by mankind. So far he has had a good time. Mankind is in confusion. The religions of the earth which are supposed to unite into one with the singular purpose of leading man back home, to Gods Kingdom are busy attacking one another, each one claiming to be the one true religion even while indulging in everything against the will of God such as hatred, suspicion, Avarice etc.

Christ was crucified because He brought The Message of Truth: He brought a Message that would show us the way back Home. Through this Message which teaches HOW and WHY man should ADAPT HIS LIFE to the Will of His Father, He brought Salvation.

If Man heeds the message of Jesus and changes his ways he would be saved. But if he refuses to adjust his life to it; if he refuses to start a new life, he would not make it back home to Heaven, despite the crucifiction of the Son of God.

The Son of God, Jesus was not crucified to save mankind; rather He was murdered because He wanted to save mankind.

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