Scripture: Luke 23: 33-43
On this Sunday celebrating the reign of Jesus, Melissa shared the image of some graffiti archaeologists uncovered depicting a man with his arm raised toward a man with a donkey’s head nailed to a cross. Under it bears the inscription “Alexamenos adores his god.”
There are frequently two depictions of Jesus. One as a passive, suffering Jesus on the cross. The other as a warrior Christ. So much of culture, both centuries ago and in the US today, would have us worship a warrior Christ that reigns over people. Christian nationalism is one of the most current examples.
Worshipping a crucified Christ is counter-cultural, yet that is what we are called to do.