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Day 26 - Jesus Bore Our Horror on a Cross
Jesus died on a cross. He died as he lived; viz., below the bottom rung of the honor-shame ladder. Jesus, the Supreme Somebody, was viewed as a nobody and killed as a nothing.
"Jesus was executed in the manner regularly reserved for insurrectionists."
- N.T.Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, 148)
The crucified Jesus, wrote philosopher Marilyn McCord Adams, is the horror-bearer. (Adams, Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God)
God identified with the abandoned and godforsaken because Jesus the Son was executed in a manner regularly reserved for such people. The Word became expendable flesh and died as one of us. Tim Keller writes:
Life without God is, as many atheistic existentialist philosophers have acknowledged, absurd and meaningless. Enter Jesus.
He bore our scandal. Jesus bore our horror. And by his stripes we are healed.