“AND HIM CRUCIFIED”
Week 1: Mark: The Son of Man Must Suffer
Week 2: Matthew: To FulFill What Was Written
Week 3: Luke: Into Thy Hands I Commit My Spirit
Week 4: John: It Is Finished
Week 5: Paul: Crucified With Christ
What does it mean that the Lord of the universe, the long-expected Messiah, died a horrible death on a cross? This question is never shied from in the New Testament. However, this problem is faced—and resolved—in a variety of ways. In this study, we will consider five different New Testament ways of understanding Jesus’ suffering and death.
First, we will see how each of the four Gospel writers express the identity of Jesus as linked inexorably to his cross. Then, we will consider the ways that Paul came to terms with the scandal of the cross, concluding, as he says to the church at Corinth, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:1).