The cross of Calvary was shameful, humiliating and excruciatingly painful for our Lord and Savior Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
It was ugly.
It was disgusting.
It was public.
It was as real!
Imagine the nails digging into His flesh as He tries to adjust Himself on the cross.
Imagine blood, sweat dripping into His eyes…Birds trying to peck His face and eyes and He couldn’t wipe or swat.
Imagine all His enemies thinking they had won.
All this takes place on a stake of execution.
Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)
2 looking unto Jesus, the [a]author and [b]finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
He shared in the punishment reserved for the worst criminals. He suffered ‘a curse’ on our behalf. He allowed those who antagonized Him to think they won as He shamefully hung from a Roman cross…
Galatians 3:13 (NKJV)
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
The ‘execution stake’ was the equivalent to the electric chair, lethal injection needle…hangman’s noose.
Matthew 27:38 (CJB)
38 Then two robbers were placed on execution-stakes with him, one on the right and one on the left.
So, what if?
What if Jesus views Christians, disciples, believers, members of the Messianic community wearing crosses around their necks, hanging from their ears, on their t-shirts and on top of their churches…
What if Jesus views that the same…
As you would view someone wearing a noose if your only son had been lynched in front of an evil, angry mob who claimed God supported their foolishness.
He told us to take up our cross and follow Him, not celebrate the instrument of His temporary death.
Think about it.