Over the next three weeks we will look at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The story has been well told here by Mark, and we have heard it, sung it, studied it, and considered it many times over the years. It is shocking for many reasons, but perhaps the most shocking questions are those we usually don’t ask.
As I have read and considered the cross of Christ these questions flood my mind:
• Why, given all of his miracles and other amazing evidence, didn’t
the Jews believe Jesus was the Messiah?
• Why did God allow this tragedy to happen to His own Son?
• Why was the cross necessary for us to be rescued from our sin?
Couldn’t God have found a better way? a less violent way?
• What really happened at the cross theologically? When Jesus said,
“It is finished,” what was finished? What did the death of Christ on
the cross accomplish?
Over the next 3 weeks we’ll look at Mark’s description of the crucifixion of Christ and find God’s answer to these important questions.