Scripture: Jeremiah 23, 25, John 19
John 19:16-20 So they took charge of Jesus. 17He went out, carrying his cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull”, as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Golgotha”.) 18There they crucified him; and they also crucified two other men, one on each side, with Jesus between them. 19Pilate wrote a notice and had it put on the cross. “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”, is what he wrote. 20Many people read it, because the place where Jesus was crucified was not far from the city. The notice was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.
This passage reminds me of one of my favorite quotes. It’s from George Macleod, a Scottish pastor and founder of the Iona Community. Enjoy.
“I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad, so cosmopolitan they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek…at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died for. And that is what He died about. That is where church-men ought to be and what church-men ought to be about.”
Jesus lived and died in the middle of broken humanity, and He did it to heal our brokenness. He was neck-deep in our dirt in order to clean us up. Macleod is right: we should be about what Jesus was about. The place Jesus died is where we should live.
Prayer: Lord, help me…help us…to wade into the brokenness of people around us, of our world, just as Jesus did, to bring His peace and healing and salvation.