Reflecting On The Death Of Jesus (2)

Though He died the death of a common criminal by being crucified on a cross, there was nothing common about Jesus’ death. The gospels zero in on this uniqueness: Matthew writes, “When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit,” (27:50). Luke records, “Jesus called out in a loudContinue reading “Reflecting On The Death Of Jesus (2)”

Reflecting On The Death Of Jesus (1)

When we touch the cross, we put our finger on the pulse of the universe. We touch something that is warm, alive, and vital. Yet it is also holy, arguably the holiest ground of all. With that in mind, I invite us to take off our sandals and approach the cross in reverence, awe, andContinue reading “Reflecting On The Death Of Jesus (1)”

A Roman Cross And A Jewish Carpenter (2)

If you take this political/religious template and lay it over the New Testament, it opens another dimension of understanding. Jesus’ birth becomes a political event. He was born to overthrow Rome. Not in the civil sense of occupying an earthly throne, but in the sense that He was to be everything Rome was pretending to be.Continue reading “A Roman Cross And A Jewish Carpenter (2)”

A Rebel And The Prince Of Peace

Rome didn’t crucify thieves. Crucifixion was reserved for crimes against the state. It was their way of saying, Mess with us and this is what will happen. From the state’s point of view (not necessarily Pilate’s), Jesus was crucified because He was perceived to be an enemy of Rome. He was a king, and as such, potentially a threat to themContinue reading “A Rebel And The Prince Of Peace”

The Possibility of Glory

After Judas has left to betray Him, John tells us that Jesus begins to speak to His disciples of His coming death (13:31ff). It’s a lengthy, intimate conversation that stretches across three chapters. But maybe the most remarkable thing is how it begins. Jesus starts by telling them that His death is an occasion of glory. He usesContinue reading “The Possibility of Glory”