The plaque the Romans placed above Jesus’s head as he writhed in pain-“King of the Jews”-was called a titulus and, despite common perception, was not meant to be sarcastic. Every criminal who hung on a cross received a plaque declaring the specific crime for which he was being executed. Jesus’s crime, in the eyes of Rome, was striving for kingly rule (i.e., treason), the same crime for which nearly every other messianic aspirant of the time was killed.
Even on the cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation witness to the presence of its Maker.
The word “Christianity” is already a misunderstanding; in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
Imagine every hideous and vile deed committed from the beginning of time until Christ’s future return-heaped upon the pure and perfect Son of God. Bearing the sin of many, he drank the very cup of wrath he prayed would be taken from him. No other pain can compare to Christ’s separation from his Father.
Had Satan not set himself in opposition to God . . . there would have been no need for God to send His Son to the cross.
You are the driver steering your own dreams. Choose to knock down whatever crosses your way.
Suffering invites us to place our hurts in larger hands. In Christ we see God suffering – for us. And calling us to share in God’s suffering love for a hurting world. The small and even overpowering pains of our lives are intimately connected with the greater pains of Christ. Our daily sorrows are anchored in a greater sorrow and therefore a larger hope.
These are difficulties which you must settle for yourself. Choose your own degree of crossness. I shall press you no more.
One of the greatest lies is to believe that we don’t have value. One of the greatest mistakes is to act on that belief. And the greatest liberation is found in looking at the cross of Christ and realizing the enormity of the lie.
The merciful precepts of Christ will at last suffuse the Code and it will glow with their radiance. Crime will be considered an illness with its own doctors to replace your judges and its hospitals to replace your prisons. Liberty shall be equated with health. Ointments and oil shall be applied to limbs that were once shackled and branded. Infirmities that once were scourged with anger shall now be bathed with love. The cross in place of the gallows: sublime and yet so simple.