What happened at Golgotha?
Have you ever wondered why for Christians Golgotha (the place where Jesus Christ was crucified, or more precisely: the Cross) is such an important concept, carrying exceptional meaning and heavenly power? This question can hardly be answered in just one sentence. Believe me, many books have been written on this topic. I myself have read several about the Golgotha cross.
It is difficult to fully understand
The human mind can comprehend only a small part of that universal event 2,000 years ago, on Golgotha, which changed the course of human history. I will try to share in my own words why this is so important to me. What you will read below is just one atom of the cosmic meaning of GOLGOTHA, of all that could be said and written. Here is the whole story of one of the eyewitnesses written in Matthew chapter 27.
At Golgotha, God won his victory for man
There, at Golgotha, God Jesus Christ won the supreme victory over evil. On that sinister cross was crucified the Son of God, and at his foot, watching the Savior dying for us, were you and me and all (who were, are, and will be on this earth). There the love of God and human selfishness collided; The Sacrificial Lamb and the sinful criminal; The pure blood of Christ, which can only cleanse us from our unrighteousness and sins; The undeserved righteousness of Christ and the hardened human heart; Eternal life and the deadly power of sin; The proposed reconciliation with God and rebellion; Christ’s character and human degeneration.
The two pierced hands of the Savior were opened in a great embrace to us, the people OF ALL AGES AND GENERATIONS, carrying sin within themselves, carrying hatred and rebellion.
“This list does not apply to me …”
Here are the fruit of sin: degradation of character, pride, selfishness, impure thoughts, lack of morality, murder, lies, idolatry, self-worship, complacency, infidelity, meanness, blasphemy, disbelief, disrespect for parents, anger, irritation, gluttony. .etc.
I know what you’re thinking-
“This list doesn’t apply to me, I’m not like that!”
I will not answer you. I leave the Bible to give its opinion:
“For there is not a just man on earth who does good
And does not sin.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
“As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)
“But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousness are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
What does the Word say?
According to God’s word, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Therefore, one of the most unique things that happened at Golgotha is that Jesus Christ chose to die for me and for you so that we could have eternal life.
Only at Golgotha
The lost image of God in man can be restored only at Golgotha. Only Golgotha can be man’s bridge to God. Christ on Golgotha brought down Heaven to reach out to us, and he who clings firmly to God’s hand will be raised … and saved.
God in human form won
Yes, sin has disfigured us, especially morally, and even physically we bear its consequences. The greatest virus, the greatest pandemic, this is Sin, has always been and always will be. The vaccine is Jesus. He, God in human form, overcame the sin, there at Golgotha, in order to be reconciled to Him. He not only died there, but also rose again to reign over death and sin and to prepare for us a Heavenly home.
Because of what happened on Golgotha, we have the right to a new life, free from sin here and now, and to say “Yes!” to God’s call for change and eternal life. From Golgotha comes the power for a new beginning. Because there we are given the opportunity to give the Savior our grieving hearts, our shattered hopes, addictions, secret sins, pain, guilt, and all that robs us of peace and joy.
It is good to remember:
Golgotha is the portal to the Kingdom of Heaven.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)