Christianity With an Asterisk*

Just Thinking...for Myself

“Let Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” – Mark 15:32a (ESV)

The above comment was mockingly hurled at Jesus as He hung on the cross, having taken onto Himself the due penalty for the sins of theworld.

Theologically speaking, these words represent the second “I dare you” statement in the history of the world, the first being in the Garden of Eden when the serpent, Satan, challenged Eve with these provocative words, “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1), essentially daring Eve to disobey God by eating from the tree which He had forbidden her, and her husband, Adam, to eat.

In studying this passage in Mark, it is tempting for us to become rather Pharisaic in our own attitude and exalt ourselves above those who uttered those words to Jesus more than 2,000 years ago.

But, think about it. Are we…

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