‘You are the man’ – words spoken centuries before Jesus by a prophet, Nathan, as he confronted King David for taking another man’s wife (he later manipulated the man’s death in battle).
‘Behold the man’ – words spoken by a Roman governor, Pilate, as he led Jesus out to the crowd who were baying for his crucifixion.
The cross brings those two words together. As you consider the cross, remind yourself that ‘you are the man.’ He had to die. But remind yourself that ‘he is the man.’ He chose to die.
It was my sin that held him there,
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life’
I know that it is finished. (Stuart Townend).