Easter message 2017
Take Another Look at Calvary
April 2017 - Wayne Alcorn

BY WAYNE ALCORN (ACC National President)

Is there a more graphic image in human history than the three crosses on the hill called Calvary outside the city of Jerusalem?

Over the next few days, Christians around the world will stop and give thanks for the Son of God who came into history, and was born to die for us.

Let your mind go back to that place where He uttered those three powerful words, ‘It is finished‘. Other statements were made in that moment as there were three men on crosses that day. Can I invite you to take another look at them?

On one side we find a criminal who questioned Jesus’ Messiahship, who suggested, ‘You can’t even save yourself!

On the other side, we find someone who had made as many mistakes as the first man, but who recognised his need of a saviour. He begged Jesus, ‘Please save me‘.

Both of these men typify humanity’s response to the person and claims of Jesus Christ.

We live grateful for the fact that He hung on that central cross and with words and actions, He cried, ‘Father, save them‘. It’s a profound fact that the Son of God was also the Lamb of God.

The writer of Hebrews tells us, ‘He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.’ (Heb 9:26-28 NIV)

Never forget that we are all sinners in need of salvation. May we never become over familiar with what occurred on Calvary’s hill because familiarity erodes wonder.

So, let’s take another look at Calvary with gratitude this Easter…for all it means to us.