Golgotha was a busy place. It takes a lot of people to crucify a body. The crowd around the cross included the soldiers who busied themselves with nails, dice and sign painting. In their spare time, they crucified a couple of other guys. They had lots of time. Death by crucifixion is long and slow and painful. High priests and passers-by alike, shouted their two cents worth. Even the other crucified men (classified as criminals while Jesus was not) joined in. (See Matthew 27:32-44)
Oh by the way, in a very real sense, we were there too, because Christ was crucified for us. He was thinking of us as He died.
Not only were we there, we continue to crucify Him every day. To crucify means to execute somebody by crucifixion but it also means criticizing somebody unsparingly, or defeating, tormenting or victimizing somebody in a cruel way.
What has our tongue been up to today? What occupies our mind, our hands or our feet?
Like I said, it takes a crew to crucify the Christ.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. (Romans 12:1-2, MSG)
Prayer- Lord, may we fix our attention on You instead of lookin for someone to crucify. Amen.
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