As someone has said, in Jesus’ day being crucified was as shameful as seeing your name on the sexual predator’s list today. You wouldn’t find any gold crosses on chains around the necks of the first disciples. Jesus died shamefully, and anyone who dared claim allegiance to him joined in that shame. In a culture where honor got you further than money, shame was no small problem.
But on the third day, something changed. The empty tomb swallowed all shame—not in the eyes of the world, who heap shame on Christians to this day. But in the eyes of God, the shame of the world’s sin stayed behind in the tomb. On Resurrection morning Jesus rose alive, free of the shame and death he bore on the cross. And here’s the wonderful truth for those who believe: We’re free now, too.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley