With its brutality, Jesus’s crucifixion in 29 A.D. touches us deeply. I recently viewed a small clip of Jesus on the cross. The scene came from a preview of the last installment of “The Bible” to be seen on the History Channel Sunday. The producer and actress playing Jesus’ mother (a married couple) both profess their love for Jesus in this endeavor.  Portrayal of the crucifixion and resurrection on Sunday will climax its weekly series. Throughout Sunday, in fact, the whole series of five two-hour segments re-plays.

Today, we observe the day of Jesus’ crucifixion on a Roman instrument of execution. The public display of a man dying on a cross struck terror into the heart of the populace. That was the point, to drag out death as long as possible, with as much physical pain as possible. The warning:  “Don’t even think about revolt! If you don’t watch out, you’ll end up here, too.” We remember the cross as the way a good man died because he offended powerful people in the Jewish nation. There’s more, however.

When the Apostle Paul confronts the churches in central Turkey over their retreat to a salvation based on keeping the law, he reminds them of the crucifixion. “O foolish Galatians,” he says, “who has bewitched you before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?” (Galatians 3:1). Paul’s use of the Greek perfect tense (an event in the past, but with continuing results in the present, crucified) reminds us that it’s not only in the historic fact of the crucifixion, however touching, that our salvation lies, but that his death continues to produce results afresh: forgiveness, eternal life. We are justified today not because of any good deeds we have done, but because of Jesus’s crucifixion.

On this Good Friday, have you experienced  the benefits of Jesus’ crucifixion? Have you received his forgiveness? Do you also love him?


About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy ( blog to learn more. provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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