Jesus was crucified because He claimed to be the Son of God and the King of the Jews. Today, we know that the crucifixion was necessary in order to redeem mankind and reconcile, back to the Father, those who believe in Him. The hostility he experienced was all in God’s plan for our redemption. One of the things I have learned from this is the importance of letting other people know that I am a child of God. It is not arrogant to speak the truth about who we are in Christ. Just as it was offensive to the religious leaders when Jesus claimed his identity, it may offend people when we claim our identity. When we do that, it may create problems and conflicts, but it will always cause others to examine our lives closely, and we will be held accountable. We need to make sure we are abiding in Christ when we confess who we are in Him.
“It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews. They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!’”