Reprinted from the June 2015 issue of Gospel Advocate Magazine, this article reminds us that there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ.
A few years ago I heard a retired state trooper tell about his witnessing the execution of a man in the electric chair in Huntsville, Texas, in the 1950s. Have you ever seen anyone executed? I don’t know of anyone else who has.
Executions in our country today are fairly private and, supposedly, humane. The Bill of Rights forbids “cruel and unusual punishments.” In Jesus’ day they were quite public. Crucifixion was not unusual in Jesus’ day, but it was unspeakably cruel. The stark reality is that Jesus died in a shameful, horribly painful way – the death of a common criminal. Had He been executed by the Jewish method, He would have been stoned (John 8:59; 10:31; 11:8). But because Rome was in control, He died by the Roman method.
Jesus’ cross was between two others. Consider how the man on the middle cross was in some ways similar to yet vastly different from the others dying there with Him.