This is our final article of “Faces Surrounding Calvary,” but the series would not be complete until we discuss ourselves. Neither you nor I were present at the cross. Yet as Jesus endured death, it was not for any evil which He had done. Paul wrote, Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). We are not punished because of Adam’s sin; we are punished because we sin! Many of our religious friends believe a doctrine of Adamic or original sin, but this scripture thoroughly refutes it.
How does this relate to us and the cross of Calvary? If all sinned, then we have sinned. If we have sinned, then we have contributed to the reason for Jesus going to the cross. Jesus died that sin might be removed. To rid ourselves of sin, we must turn to the cross. Once we become a child of God, our spirit is continually kneeling there. If we remove ourselves from Calvary, we would remove the salvation which was so freely bestowed there (John 3:16).
As we have looked at the faces surrounding Calvary, we have seen two different types of individuals. Some were believing, loved the Savior and desired to obey His will. There were also those who were scoffers, unbelievers and persecuted the Christ. They received the condemnation of their souls through their unbelief and disobedience. Your face is there, as is each man who has ever lived. It is up to you to decide what you shall do. What will you choose?