Just a heads up…this one might sting a little.
I was watching a crucifixion documentary the day before Easter, and I was a bit troubled by the conclusion that the commentators drew concerning Jesus’ death.
According to their viewpoint, Jesus was killed because He became a political threat to the Romans, who just viewed Him as another “crazy Jew” with the potential to stir up unwanted trouble for the empire. In other words, Jesus didn’t willingly die for the sins of you and I…He was simply the martyr of a botched socio-political revolution.
And I was all set to pitch a fit…until something else occurred to me: what if them coming to that conclusion isn’t their fault? What if we Christians are to blame?
Think about it…we feel sooooooo compelled to emphasize the cross during this time of year, from Holy Week to Good Friday, leading up to Easter Sunday. Everything about our Easter services is aimed at celebrating and pointing others to the cross. The problem is, after the festivities have ended, we walk out the door with our fingers still pointing towards the cross, but we leave it behind.
The hard truth is, the cross doesn’t get the same press in our everyday lives as it does during Easter. It’s been less than two weeks since Resurrection Sunday, and as much as we hate to admit it, much of our “cross fever” has died down. It’s not that we don’t ever think about the cross anymore; it’s just…it’s just not as big a deal as it was a couple weeks ago.
Is it any wonder then that much of secular society has a skewed idea of what the cross is all about?
Like I said…stings a little bit.