The Roman soldiers, at the command of their governmental leaders, spiritual leaders, popular opinion, and sway of the culture beat the son of God to his near death. Many of us know the Gospel story, we’ve seen the Passion of the Christ, we’ve heard the Easter sermon, and we can tell it better than our local Pastor. Yet, we often miss the whole point of what put Jesus there on the cross in the first place.
It wasn’t any of those things that put Jesus on the cross. It was love for you that put Him there. It was love for me that put Him there. It was God’s love for humans that have often looked more like back-stabbing enemies than friends, that put Him there. I put Him there. I put Him there every time I hated an enemy instead of forgiving them.