Editorial

Event at Calvary

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/18/2019 12:46:01 PM IST

 After Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday before the Passover, the seven hundred-year old prophecy in the Bible shifted to top gear for Jesus to be betrayed , arrested, denied, rejected, tortured and beaten senseless till He was nailed and hung to the Cross at Golgotha on Good Friday. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is a topic that evokes deep reverence, empathy and awe among Christians throughout the world. Christ died on the Cross at Calvary because He confronted sin instead of compromising with it. The cross means victory of confrontation over sin. It also means being crucified with Christ and the old worldly self and resurrection of the new life in Christ. Christ made the cross the living symbol of real hope. However, for the Romans it represented everything that was shameful and contemptible.It was a sign of weakness, defeat and death. Christ bore all the shame and death to rise again and that is why for Paul it was glory for through it man, woman attain salvation. Churches today face a crisis of the cross, as the confrontational aspects of the cross are completely ignored.The cross was far more than an instrument of capital punishment. It was a public symbol of indecency and social indignity. Crucifixion was designed to do more than merely kill a man. Its purpose was to humiliate him as well. The cross was intended not only to break a man’s body, but also to crush and defame his spirit. There were certainly more efficient means of execution: stoning (cf. Stephen in Acts 7), decapitation (cf. James in Acts 12), etc. The Jewish priests and religious leaders demanded Crucifixion as an instrument to humiliate Christ and harm Him bodily. Churches the world over, observe Good Friday in either of the three ways- a historical reconstruction of the pattern of roots of worship as recorded in the bible; the funeral pattern to remind believers of the pathos of Jesus’ suffering and death and the third, the importance of the cross for Christian doctrine on how Jesus’ death fulfills the Old Testament prophecy for atonement. For without the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, Christian faith would cease to have the essence of being God’s divine plan for the salvation of humankind. It would be just like any other religion that teaches about moral and ethical values and not understanding about God’s divine plan for atonement. The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the basis of the belief for Christians, while for secularists, it is also a historical fact which was testified by one undeniable secular source, the Roman historian Tacitus (55-120 A.D.) He who wrote that the “founder of this sect (the Christians) was executed during the reign of (emperor) Tiberius by the Governor Pontius Pilate” (Tacitus, annals XV).His crucifixion was a triumph of faith over feeling and His resurrection, the reward of eternal life that believers will receive because one man chose to exchange His life for their death penalty.For Apostle Paul, the cross was God’s power; for He loved the world and chose not to condemn His creation but chose to go to the depths to save them. The cross is not a mere symbol but the sign of God ’s love. It is a sign of God’s power over death. Its history, pathos and message rekindle believers about the glory of God’s power.

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