Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of a period where we look to the sacrifice of Christ in coming to earth and dying on the cross. I am reminded of a song entitled “Who Killed Jesus?” The writer looks at the Roman soldiers, Pontius Pilate and the Hebrew children; but none of them offer a sufficient answer to the question. The song ends with this answer,

“My sin demanded hell

On Him the judgment fell

I am guilty

Now it’s plain to see

That it was really me.”

Who Killed Jesus? I did. You say, “But, Pastor Layton, I wasn’t there over 2,000 years ago. I couldn’t have done that.” But you and I are the guilty ones.

Think about it. Every sin you and I have ever committed and ever will commit were laid upon Him. Every lustful thought, every lie, every disobedient act toward our parents, every envious desire, every failure to what is right, every greedy inclination – every single sin of mine and yours was laid upon Him. I was made to look innocent and He was made to look completely guilty. I killed Jesus.

But not only were our sins placed upon Christ; but every single sin of every single member of your family and every single sin of every single person in your church. How guilty must Christ look now?

But wait, there’s more. Every sin of every person in the state of Michigan and every sin of everyone in America and every sin of everyone in the world! Christ took all of them on Himself.

On top of those, He took on the sins of every person from before the cross, after the cross and those yet to be born. The sins of billions upon billions of people were placed on the One and Only Son of God; the only perfectly innocent person the world has ever known. He was made to look utterly guilty so you could be made holy before God. (1 John 2:2, 1 Peter 3:18)

Is it any wonder that Christ prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me?” (Matthew 26:39) But it wasn’t possible. There was no other way. The perfect Lamb had to die. He had to take on all of our sins so that we would be able to “boldly approach the throne of grace.” (Revelation 5:9, Hebrews 4:16)

Have you accepted that payment? It’s not too late. (2 Corinthians 6:2) And if you have, live for the One who took every single one of your sins upon Himself.