For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Cor. 2:2)

THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS was the public display, before all of humanity, declaring both the wisdom of God and the guiltiness of humankind. While it may have occurred two millennia ago, I should not be fooled into thinking that I would have acted differently had I been part of the scene that day. I recognize myself in there somewhere!

The religious chief executive officers were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, while His coworker (Judas) planned how he might betray Him. In time of need, His friends abandoned Him and fled. His dear friend (Peter) first declared his loyalty, and then wilted and disowned Him. The guards mocked Him. The king, disappointed that Jesus would perform no miracle, ridiculed Him. The crowd shouted, “Crucify Him!” And even knowing His innocence and the evil motives of His accusers, the local politician bent to the whim of the masses and granted the death sentence.

Soldiers taunted Him for sport. Faceless spectators sneered and hurled insults. People stood watching. Some just passed by. And yes, I was there. So were we all. This is what our fallen state has wrought—this is why Jesus came into our world. It is why God the Son, in His wisdom, was raised up on the cross. It is no wonder that Paul was not interested in preaching any other message but that of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This message places each of us equally in need of the very Savior we helped crucify. Such wisdom!

Thank God for Jesus suffering the cross for the sake of your sin and out of love for you.

Bill Beck loves spending time in the outdoors hiking, camping, and enjoying God’s creation. He and his wife, Lisa, live in South Dakota.