The Tomb and the Cross Galatians 6:4

The Tomb, The Cross, and Me

Galatians 6:14

The Gospels typically make a simple statement about the actual death of Jesus, “And they crucified Him…” (Mat 27:35). Perhaps they don’t want to recount the horrible barbarianism. The atrocity of crucifixion is excruciating beyond imagination. But today, I will not discuss the gory details of crucifixion. That is almost assumed by Paul. His readers were familiar with the inhumane practice

Today, my concern deals with more practical matters; namely what difference does (should) the crucifixion make to the Christian? NAS Galatians 6:14 But ( Ἐμοὶ dative = for/to me) may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me (ἐμοὶ), and I to the world.

So, I only want to call to your attention that the pronoun “for me” that appears twice  – “for me” may I never boast except in the cross; and “for me” the world has been crucified and I to the world. We must grasp the personal application verse.  

The first “for me”. For Paul, the cross crushes him. It is all around me, he says. It so arrests my attention that I brag about it! It is as if no one else matters. “For me!” Can we say this with Paul? I fear we take the cross for granted. The enormity of Jesus, the Perfect Son of God, the Holy One, God incarnate, being crucified because of and for me seems to escape us! Deliver us! May the “for me” jump out at us. 

The second “for me.” But Paul also personally appropriates the consequence of the cross. Christ was crucified and so was Paul. “For me”, Paul says, the world is no longer a lively entity! It is dead in respect to me. I am dead in respect to it! Something happens on a personal level to the believer because of the cross. Wow!! How we need a fresh glimpse of the cross.