|I Did It?
If you study the painting of the crucifixion by the famous Dutch artist Rembrandt, your attention is first drawn to the cross and to Jesus. Then, as you look at the crowd around the cross, you are drawn to the faces of the people involved in the awful crime of crucifying the Son of God. Finally, your eyes drift to the edge of the picture and catch sight of another figure—almost hidden in the shadows. This, we are told, was a self-portrait of Rembrandt, for he recognized that by his sins he helped nail Jesus there!
Someone has aptly said, "It is a simple thing to say that Christ died for the sin of the world. It is quite another thing to say that Christ died for my sin! It may be an interesting pastime to point fingers at those who crucified Jesus, but it is a shocking thought that I can be as indifferent as Pilate,as scheming as Caiaphas, as calloused as the soldiers, as ruthless as the mob, or as cowardly as the disciples.
It isn't just what they did—it was I who nailed Him to the tree. I crucified the Christ of God. I joined the mockery!"
Think again of Rembrandt's painting. If you look closely, you will see that in the shadows you too are standing with bloodied hands, for Christ bore the penalty of your sin! And you will say, "He was wounded for me."
“And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins.... And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world.” —1 Corinthians 5:17,19 NLT