THE CROSS

 

THE CROSS IS INDEED THE JUDGMENT OF THE LIVING GOD!  

 

To the saved, the pure, simple message of the cross is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

Verse 22 deals with the matter of man's curiosity.

Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom.

For the Jews, it was necessary that the message be accredited by physical wonders.

For the Greeks, they required intellectual splendor.

Both found it equally difficult to accept a dead man on a cross as an eternal Saviour.

 

THE WORLD BY WISDOM KNEW NOT GOD.

By leaving man to his own wisdom, God demonstrates man's folly, for he is not only incapable of knowing God, but infact has degraded Him to the level of the creature. But unto [the] called Christ [is] the power....And the wisdom of God.

The superiority of the cross is seen in that it is both a sign and wisdom. But only to the called.

 

DEATH ON A CROSS.

Those sentenced to death on a cross in the Roman period were usually beaten with leather lashes----a procedure that often resulted in severe loss of blood. Victims were then generally forced to carry the upper crossbeam to the execution site,, where the central  stake was already set up.  After being fastened to the crossbeam on the ground with ropes----or, in rare cases, nails through the wrists---the naked victim was then hoisted with the crossbeam against the standing vertical stake. A block or peg was sometimes fastened to the stake as a crude seat. The feet were then tied or nailed to the stake.

NOTE: The recent discovery near Jerusalem of the bones of a crucifixion victim suggests that the knees were bent up side by side, parallel to the crossbeam, and the nail was then driven through the sides of the ankles. Death by suffocation or exhaustion normally followed only after a long period of agonizing pain.

 

The cross has been a major stumbling block in the way of the Jews, preventing the majority of them from accepting Jesus as the MESSIAH [1 Cor 1:23-24].

 

OUT OF THE UGLINESS AND AGONY OF CRUCIFIXION, GOD ACCOMPLISHED THE GREATEST GOOD OF ALL---THE REDEMPTION OF SINNERS.+++

 

 





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