Paul declared, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole’” (Galatians 3:13). Through his death on the cross, Christ took upon himself our guilt and shame and set us free. No matter what shame we experience, Jesus carried that shame and took it away. He was shamed in every way – physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, spiritually. But he himself refused to be
The cross was an instrument of shame for both Jews and Romans. Dying on a cross was both painful and disgraceful. The Old Testament law stated that “anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse” (Deuteronomy 21:23). In a military victory, Joshua triumphed over and shamed his enemies: “Joshua put the kings to death and exposed their bodies on five poles, and they were left hanging on the poles until evening” (Joshua 10:26). For the Romans, historian Nigel Spivey
Jesus described his life purpose in one sentence: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). At the end of his life, he told his Father, “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do” (John 17:4). Before Pilate he could say confidently: “In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth” (John 18:37). Having a clear life mission and
Did you know that Christ followers are described in the New Testament in at least 50 ways? Abraham’s Offspring/Seed. Athletes. Believers. Beloved. The Body of Christ. Branches. Brothers and Sisters. Children of God. Children of Promise. Christ’s Ambassadors. Christians. The Church. The Circumcision. Citizens of Heaven. Conquerors. Disciples. The Elect. Farmers. Fellow Citizens with God’s People. Firstfruits of All He Created. Fishers of Men/People. Followers of the Way. Fools for Christ. Foreigners and Exiles. Free People. Friends. God’s Building/Temple. God’s Field.
Every good Jewish home would live out Deuteronomy 6:6-7. “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” As parents we have a huge role in shaping our children. Of course, our children have their own personalities. And even when we try our best, we do our parenting