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In the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion, remember again the shame he suffered for us. Jesus endured the shame of betrayal. Imagine the laughter among the soldiers as his own three-year-long disciple, Judas Iscariot, kissed him (Matthew 26:48). Along with this came the vulnerability and disrespect of being arrested like a common criminal. It’s a shame to be held and pushed around. Even in our day, being arrested and put into handcuffs is shaming. When arrested, most people shy away from

Throughout his life Jesus lived above shame, an example for us to follow. When crucified, he willingly submitted to his death, while scorning its shame (Hebrews 12:2). The Psalms prophesied it: “To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads” (Psalm 22:5-7). Paul reflected upon

The New Testament story of the woman suffering from a bleeding gives us a vivid picture of Jesus’ healing power and how he overturns shame. Recall the story of how she reached out to Jesus. “When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed’” (Mark 5:27-28). This woman suffered a chronic, continuous bleeding physically. Alongside the suffering in her body was

Throughout his life, Jesus consistently disregarded shame. One example is especially striking – when Jesus was disrespected and insulted by Simon the Pharisee intentionally. Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus to a meal, but when Jesus knocked on the gate, Simon didn’t give him the customary greeting. When Jesus was seated at the meal, Simon didn’t provide any water to wash Jesus’ feet, another common gesture of hospitality. Simon further neglected to show respect to Jesus by not anointing his head with oil. Simon was