This is worth reblogging as Easter approaches.
In his first letter to the Corinthians the apostle Paul speaks of his determination to preach the crucified Christ. He says: “Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and wisdom of God”. (I Corinthians 1:22-24; TNIV)
First century Jews looked for signs because they were expecting their God to send a powerful leader like Moses or David to deliver them from the hands of the Romans. They wanted God to do what He did in the Exodus story. That is, to use powerful and splendid signs to overcome their enemies. Jesus, however, did the very opposite. He died on a Roman cross, which was a symbol of shame and humiliation. Indeed, it was the means by which the Romans…
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