“For whosoever shall keep the whole law,
and yet offend in one point,
he is guilty of all.” James 2:10.
“For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death…”
Although it wasn’t my primary question in the post, “”A Question to Ponder 2”, in answer to Johnny Cash’s song, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” my answer is, “Yes.” We were all there.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin…2Corinthians 5:21
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body…1Peter 2:24
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,
that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:6
In answer to my pondering, “Who at the crucifixion do you most identify with?”, I want to thank Sue Love at cfservant.wordpress.com,Diana (Fille de Dieu) at lapetitmuse.wordpress.com and Tim McGee at reflectionsfromthepewblog.wordpress.com for sharing their comments.
Sue related most to Jesus’ mother, Mary’s deep love for her Son. Diana felt she identified with Joseph of Arimathea. Tim didn’t answer who but did give a different perspective in how to answer it. Visit my post, “Question to Ponder 2” for their complete replies.
Who was I? I concluded at one time or another in my life I could have identified with all of them.
- I stood with the chief priests in their righteousness when I refused to believe the truth of my own sinful condition the first time Jesus called me to come to Him.
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32
- I stood with Peter denying the Lord when temptation won a victory in my flesh.
“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38
- I even walked alongside Barabbas, the murderer, the day my angry words spewed hate.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”Prov. 18:21a
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time,
Thou shalt not kill:
and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you,
that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause
shall be in danger of the judgment…” Matt. 5:21,22a
- But finally, I hung on the cross next to Jesus and pleaded for mercy.
“And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying,
If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
But the other answering rebuked him saying,
Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds:
but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus,
Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him,
Verily I say unto thee,
to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:39-43
“FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD
SHALL BE SAVED.” Rom. 10:13
It doesn’t matter who we were, only who we are.
Now I am:
- A new creature:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.” 2Cor. 5:17
- I am made:
“…the righteousness of God in him.” 2Cor. 5:21b
- And Praise the Lord God for I am a child of His and an heir with Christ!
“But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name…John 1:12
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear;
but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry. Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;
if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Rom. 8:14-17.
- I know who I am. Who are you?