Just an Ordinary Person — Part 2

12th August, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I was reading Jesus on Trial by James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken in preparation for writing Unit IV of GGC:NT1 and got a thought-provoking insight on “the ordinary person.”

The author was discussing who actually killed Jesus. The Jewish religious leaders killed Jesus because they falsely accused him of blasphemy and condemned Him according to their Jewish law. But, the Romans also killed Jesus because Pilate turned Him over to the Jews and the Roman soldiers crucified Him. So, both Jews and Gentiles were responsible for the death of Jesus.

Then the author described a painting by an Englishman named Stanley Spencer. In the painting you see the cross is viewed from behind, and your attention is drawn to the executioners.  Instead of the executioners being Roman soldiers, they were ordinary people from the artist’s hometown.  The point of the painting is that it was ordinary sinners like you and me who crucified Jesus. We can blame the Jews or we can blame the Romans, but when you stop and think, you have to acknowledge that it was your sin and my sin that nailed Jesus to the cross.

Isn’t it interesting that ordinary people caused Jesus’ death, but at the same time God has chosen ordinary people, redeemed sinners, to do the work of the kingdom here on earth?  What an amazing God we have!

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