What is the Lord of Life doing on a cross? No sense in a world gone mad. The holy teacher of righteousness. The only one to walk its straight and narrow road. No one deserves death less than he.
Now the world all gone in a rage. Loves darkness instead of light. Shouts with wicked laughter at the Life. Who does he think he is? What does he know, who said he was sent from God?
What good do they find in his agony? What good is their mockery? What good the vicious scoffing to them?
Do they not like the way to God he showed? Not love his tender reproach and call to return? Is there no healing for this fractious world, no balm in a world of poisonous spite?
They believe they are right in the end. The Life causes trouble for Jew and Gentile alike. Let him be gone. Let us go back to the way we were. To buying land, marrying a wife, burying the dead.
(John 1:10–11, 8:46, 3:19, Jeremiah 23:5, 33:16, 1 Peter 2:22, Luke 14:18, 20, 9:59–60)
Excerpted from Christ the Life by Thomas L. Martin