The Crucifixion of Jesus
There is little town in Alabama that I have preached in a few times where the major livelihood used to be raising cotton. One year, when everyone thought they were going to have a bumper crop, a little insect called the ‘‘boll weevil’’ invaded, devastated the crop, and destroyed the economy of that little town.
But there were some farmers there who were determined not just to sit back and move into the poor house. One man got the idea that he could plant peanuts instead, because boll weevils don’t like peanuts. Another farmer decided to plant peanuts and others followed suite and before long, bumper crops of peanuts began to repair the economy of this town. The town later became known as ‘‘Enterprise, Alabama’’. Do you know what they did? They erected a monument to the boll weevil, because they look at the boll weevil today, not as a curse, but as a blessing.
IN the same way the Roman Cross was a despised object in the day of our Lord - but today it has become the logo of the Christian faith and our object of greatest joy.
No other device of death and torture has ever been devised to surpass the agony of Roman crucifixion. I must warn you that what you are about to hear is grotesque. In my preparation for this sermon I literally got sick at my stomach as tears filled my eyes Yet my words cannot do it justice.
The cross was a terribly bloody display.
Criminals were crucified on a very regular basis - at times as many as a thousand in a day. Crucifixions were the most public and humiliating events known to man. It was so horrible that the Romans would not typically crucify their own citizens, but only outsiders.
This morning we are not going to focus on crucifixion in general, but the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in particular, for you see ---
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