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“They crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the centre.”
JESUS IN THE CENTRE! That was His position as those three crosses were lifted into place. On either side was a criminal and we know that the centre cross had actually been prepared for Barabbas but was occupied by IMMANUEL – GOD WITH US. So we can obviously say that:
HE WAS IN THE CENTRE AS FAR AS SINNERS WERE CONCERNED. One of the charges brought against the Saviour was that he mixed with tax collectors and sinners. In Matthew 9:10 we find that, “Many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.” The religious leaders would not want to associate with such people but the social outcasts were the sort of people that were attracted to Jesus. It led to this reaction, “And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" Then we have the Lord’s wonderful reply, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.”
What a comfort that is to us! We turned from our self righteousness and came in our sins to the Lord Jesus. And the same is true for millions down through the centuries. And none has ever been turned away.
HE WAS IN CENTRE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH. He was “lifted up” on the cross as He said in John 12:32. He was suspended between earth and heaven and that was a most fitting position for Him to occupy because He is the Link between the two.
Job was aware of his need of a go-between when he was reaching out to God but recognised his insignificance and sinfulness. He cried out in Job 9:33, “Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.” He recognised his need for a mediator, someone who could lay one hand on Job and the other on God, to bring them together. If only we could have sat down beside Job and assured him that the perfect Mediator was coming. As Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” And it is only through Him that we can approach God, for no man comes to the Father except though Him, (John 14:6).
Jacob had a remarkable dream recorded in Genesis 28:12, “Behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven.” Can we not say that of the cross on which the Lord Jesus died, that it also reached from earth to heaven for us?