from the series Jesus: The Greatest Life of All
Matthew 27:27–37; John 19:16–30
The most grisly spectacle of the ancient world was to see a human being crucified. It was a cruel and ghastly punishment, usually reserved for only the most detestable criminals. And yet, this was the means by which Jesus died. It would have been a shameful death except that He voluntarily suffered the anguish of crucifixion in order to let guilty people go free. And only when we face the facts of the horrors of His death can we fully appreciate the price that was paid on Calvary.