Open your Bible, if you will, to Luke chapter 22. Upon entering the twenty-second chapter of Luke a couple of weeks ago, we began our final hours journey with a front row seat to the events leading up to the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. The death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross was no accident. It was not a bad ending to a noble effort by a good man. In fact, Jesus' death on the cross was not the ending of His story, it was really the beginning of our salvation.
The death of Jesus Christ was not even the end of His life, it was the goal of His life and the beginning of our eternal lives. Jesus' death on the cross was not the triumph of Satan, it was the triumph of God. When the Romans nailed Jesus to the cross and raised it into the Judean sky on that Friday afternoon, Christ had won. He had won the victory over sin and Satan and death and hell. God's Lamb was dying triumphantly over all the forces of evil He had conquered and provided salvation for His people.
Actually, His whole life on earth was lived in anticipation of His cross. He came, He said, to give His life a ransom for many, Mark 10:45. He came to die. The shadow of the cross could be seen over the manger itself. He came to offer Himself as the only sacrifice for sin that could satisfy the wrath of God. In His death is the only payment for sin by which God can forgive sinners. All Scripture points to His death. From Adam and Eve we are taught that sacrificial death of an innocent provides covering for the guilty. From Abel we are taught that death, sacrificial death, is the only way to please God. From Abraham we are taught that the proper sacrifice will be provided by God Himself. From the Passover we are taught that the sacrifice must be an unblemished sacrifice. And from the centrality of all the sacrifices in the entire sacrificial system of the Old Testament, we are taught also that there has never been a final satisfactory sacrifices, that's why they go on year after year after year after year until the sacrifice of God's Lamb who takes away the sin of the world....