Monday, November 17, 2014

Crucifixion : Death on the Cross

Of all the forms of death that are conceivable, crucifixion has been most feared throughout history. Death on a cross was saved for the worst of criminals and those committing treason. Death on a cross constituted the greatest of shame, humiliation and disgrace especially among the Jews.
-Deut 21:23 ...(for he that is hanged is accursed of God;)
-Gal 3:13 ...Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:....

Ø  But Jesus took the shame and humiliation of the cross and turned it into an instrument to glorify God...
-Hebrews 12:2 ...for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising (thinking nothing of) the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. The early Christians had to do the very same thing, they gloried in the Cross of Christ.

Ø  Today people glory in their wealth, social status, fame, knowledge and often times Christians glory in their gifts, talents and positions in the church but like Paul we must glory only in the cross of Christ...
-Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD...”