In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul said: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

I have always found this is a very good verse to meditate on in my quite moments. It reminds me that in Christ Jesus I have a new identity, and am now being called to live in accordance with that new identity. But it is not through my own ego strength that this is possible, but rather, through the surrendering of ego, through faith, through entrusting my “self” to God. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is not just a dusty old story, it is a transforming experience for those of us who would give up their own agendas and enter into it.

One thought on “Meditating on the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

  1. “Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God” and “If anyone would come after me he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”
    This idea of identifying with Christ in his sufferings, death and ressurection is central to Christian living. The very word Christian indicates our identification not only with the name of Christ but with the way he lived his life. So we also live a life like he did, denying ourselves and praying the prayer “Not my will but yours be done.”

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