Crossed Purposes

Crossed Purposes
Pastor Bill Lentz

 

     An observant ear will not hear any details of Jesus’ crucifixion in Mark’s version of the story. Brevity of language serves Mark’s story well. He allows our imaginations to work. The truth is not in the details. Jesus’ physical suffering is not the heart of Mark’s concern either. Mark’s focus is on the meaning of the crucifixion. Humiliated into carrying his own crossbeam, Jesus walks with a heart full of sorrow to the place of his suffering. At the beginning, at his baptism, Jesus stood in solidarity with his people as they confessed their sins. Now Jesus carries a crossbeam in solidarity with them as he is baptized into death, becoming his people’s sin and shame. Jesus’ heart is ever and always for God and for his people. Hear more...