“This is the King of the Jews.”
That’s what the sign at the top of the cross read. The irony was not lost on those who saw it, nor was it lost to history. Kings were usually crowned while sitting on thrones, not hanging from crosses. But this Jesus was a different kind of king. For him, the cross was his throne.
In the ancient world, it would have been unthinkable for a cross to serve as a throne. Crucifixion represented everything that was the opposite of kingship. Kings were blessed but crucified people were cursed. Kings were honored but crucified people were ridiculed. Kings were dressed in flowing robes but crucified people were stripped naked. Kings were beautiful but crucifixion was ugly. Yet, in spite of this, unbelievably, the cross was his throne.
Crucifixion was not just any old punishment. A criminal was not crucified for stealing bread or…
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