|The Offense of the Cross|
In his book The Cross of Christ, John Stott points out that the earliest surviving picture of the crucifixion is a mockery. It's an ancient piece of graffiti, dating from the second century, found on the Palatine Hill in Rome, "on the wall of a house considered by some scholars to have been used as a school for imperial pages." The "crude drawing depicts, stretched on a cross, a man with the head of a donkey. To the left stands another man, with one arm raised in worship. Unevenly scribbled underneath are the words … 'Alexamenos worships God.' The cartoon is now in the Kircherian Museum in Rome…it was the concept of worshipping a crucified man which was being held up to derision."
Reference: John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (Intervarsity Press, 1986), pp. 24-25
|The Founders' Sacrifice|
The Declaration of Independence concludes with these words: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortun... [Read More]
Reference: Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, A Patriot's History of the United States (Sentinel, 2004), p. 81
|The Patriots' Sacrifice|
In the Revolutionary War it is estimated that 7,200 Americans died in battle. Another 8,500 died in prison after being captured by the British. And about 10,000 died in our own military camps before or after battle ... [Read More]
Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, “Revolutionary War,” p. 286
Victor Hugo’s classic story Les Miserables provides a picture of how Christ’s work on the cross changes our lives.
In the novel, set in France in the early 1800s, a man is released from prison after 19 years. Bec... [Read More]
Reference: Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, 1862