The crucifixion is the climax of God’s redemption of His people. Betrayed by a kiss, Jesus was handed over to his accusers. In a rushed trial, the people rejected the innocent Jesus and chose to release the murderer Barabbas. The Creator of all put Himself at the mercy of His creatures. But they would show no mercy to the Merciful One. He would be beaten and scorned and eventually put to death on a cross for the sins of the world.