The following is an excerpt from a soon to be published devotional “New Hearts Teaching New Hearts” due out in Winter 2016
Jesus crucified is the crux of the matter, and what is the matter is people still pass Him by, as they did the day He hung when they taunted Him to save Himself and come down from the cross. Others stood by, and when He cried out to His God, they waited to see if God would respond. From our perspective we recognize the blasphemy in mocking a bleeding Saviour. We, at the very least, count ourselves with the heathen centurion who said, “This Man truly was the Son of God.”
Scripture says there were also women looking on from afar, women who observed where He was lain and knew in their hearts they would be the only ones to see to His proper burial. From the other side of the grave, God selected the women to be the first to see Him risen.
Where we might see ourselves in the story of His crucifixion is covered in the verse that says while we were yet sinners He died for us. Where He sees us in the story of His resurrection is the place we can stop speculating and begin, again and again, to honor Him.
He answered, “It is as you say,” before we ever thought to ask, if He, our risen King, loved us.