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Scripture tells us that Jesus overturned the shame of his crucifixion. “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). Satan, and all the powers and authorities aligned with him, were publicly shamed by Christ through the cross. Paul’s audience would understand this honor-shame dynamic. When a person of greater honor was shamed by someone of a significantly lower status, the offended person had the right to unleash public punishment

During his dishonorable and shameful arrest and crucifixion, Jesus retained a sense of dignity. When the soldiers approached Jesus in the Garden to arrest him, knowing all that was going to happen to him, Jesus stepped forward. “When Jesus said, ‘I am he,’ they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, ‘Who is it you want?’ ‘Jesus of Nazareth,’ they said. Jesus answered, ‘I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let

Jesus died a shameful death. Why? Why does the Scripture emphasize the shamefulness of his death? Because the cross is where Jesus Christ bore the sin and the shame of the world. Paul wrote, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Isaiah foretold: “Surely he took up our pain [physical sicknesses] and bore our suffering [emotional sorrows and mental anguishes], yet we considered

This week I went to the viewing of a racquetball friend who died with COVID-19. His family and friends gathered at a funeral home to remember him. Some of us racquetball guys arranged to attend the viewing together. Death is never pleasant. We hate death. A few did gather in grief while Jesus was dying on the cross – his mother Mary, the apostle John, other women. Most, however, mocked Jesus – the soldiers, those who passed by, the rebels crucified

We experience both honor and shame in public, and nothing was secret or hidden about a crucifixion. Not only was death by crucifixion cruelly painful. It was the ultimate shame. When Jesus stood before Pilate, the crowd cried out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (John 19:6). Jesus was rejected and condemned in public (Matthew 27:24). He was further dishonored as the crowd choose the release of Barabbas – a robber, murderer, and insurrectionist – over Jesus (Luke 23:19; John 18:40). These people weren’t just