Three Crosses on Calvary's Hill
The Cross, the Cross,
The bloodstained Cross;
The hallowed Cross I see
Reminding me of Precious Blood,
That once was shed for me.
Oh, the Blood, the Precious Blood,
That Jesus shed for me;
Upon that Cross, the Crimson Blood,
Just now by faith I see.
At this season of the year, our hearts are turned to that great Resurrection Morning. Christ came down into this world of sin – as a little babe was born in Bethlehem. He grew into young manhood, lived a perfect life, went about ministering, healing the sick, bringing sight to the blind, feeding the hungry and forgiving sinners. He carried on the work that our Heavenly Father gave Him to do.
Then Jesus went to the Cross; and we think of the sufferings He endured for us that we might have eternal life. He was arrested, not because of His sin, but because of our sin. They crowned Him with a cruel crown of thorns; He was beaten with stripes. They mocked Him, placed a purple robe on Him, saying: “Hail, King of the Jews.” He endured this all for you – for me.
On that hill, lone and gray, outside the city wall, three crosses stood. Upon the center one, the King of Glory died. On the others two thieves were perishing because of their sins. Seeing that these three died together, it seems that their crosses speak of three relative truths, which the Lord would have us consider.
As one looks understandingly, he sees one man dying in sin, another dying for sin and another dying to sin. The two thieves had sin in them. Christ had sin on Him. Thus you have a dying Saviour, a dying saint, a dying sinner. Or, let us put it this way: Those three crosses speak of three outstanding things facing everyone who is brought into contact with the truth of the Gospel. The Cross upon which Jesus is dying is the Cross of Redemption. The Cross upon which the one thief died, believing the message of the dying Christ, may be called the Cross of Reception. The cross upon which the other thief died, even as he lived, may be called the Cross of Rejection.
So there were three Crosses on Calvary’s Hill–
The Cross of Redemption,
The Cross of Reception,
The Cross of Rejection.
We should have died for our own sins, but –
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood –
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
As I look at the center Cross, I am enthralled with my Redeemer. I have become His forever; and what else can I do but utterly give myself to Him, Who became my Substitute, my sin-bearer.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Again that Center Cross speaks of a liberty that has been eternally secured, for there the power of Satan and sin and of the world, were forever broken by Christ’s death.
There is power, power,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.
So we join the doxology of the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos… “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6.
The dying thief on the cross, who cried out to Christ, became the first trophy of the blood of Christ. This man illustrates the saved sinner. In the morning he found himself in a state of nature; at the noontide hour in a state of grace, and at the midnight hour in a state of glory.
It was alone the Saviour prayed
In dark Gethsemane:
Alone He drained the bitter cup,
And suffered there for me.
It was alone the Saviour stood,
In Pilate’s judgment hall;
Alone the crown of thorns He wore,
Forsaken thus by all.
Alone upon the cross He hung
That others He might save;
Forsaken then by God and man,
Alone His life He gave.
Can you reject such matchless love?
Can you His claim disown?
Come, give your all in gratitude
Nor leave Him thus alone.
Alone – alone, He bore it all alone.
He gave Himself to save His own:
He suffered, bled and died
If this tract falls into the hands of one who has not yet come to know this Saviour Whom we love and adore, will you now, at this time, take this step of humble faith and claim the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, thus becoming an heir of God and joint-heir with the Lord Jesus? We praise Him that He triumphed over death and the grave; and because He lives, we too shall live in that eternal life. We pray you, in Christ’s Name, be ye reconciled to Him.
His blood can make the foulest clean.