John 19:17

Henry Mahan

"And He bearing His cross went forth into a place called Golgotha" (John 19:17).

These people made Him carry His cross. He carried it as long as He was physically able, then a man called Simon of Cyrene was ordered to take over the difficult task. Compelling Him to carry His own cross added to the shame. Much speculation and tradition surround the place where He was crucified, but there are no facts to support much of it. We know that He was crucified OUTSIDE the city, a place of execution and evidently on a hill. But the important thing is not WHERE the crucifixion tookplace, BUT WHO WAS CRUCIFIED? Christ, the God-man died! WHY WAS HE CRUCIFIED? For the sins of His people! WHAT DID HE ACCOMPLISH? "By Himself purged our sins" and enabled a holy God to be just and justify those who believe. One might find the actual spot where Christ died and the actual cross on which He hung and be no better off for it! Forgiveness of sin and redemption are in Christ through faith in Him, not by contact with so-called holy places, relics, and tradition.

Henry Mahan, Pastor
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
Ashland, Ky.

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