Dismantling the old blog, this was the only post I felt like was worth saving:

Thursday, September 01, 2005
Jesus Was Here

When the Romans invaded Jerusalem in 70 A.D., it was the final nail in the coffin of the Old Covenant. It was the first kingly act of Jesus as King of Kings. It was the final judgement on the Jews for their unfaithfulness to Jehovah. At the end of the seige of Jerusalem, when the Jews were finally broken and out of food, the Romans began to crucify the Jews en masse outside the city walls. So many crosses, to hear the historians tell it, that there was no more room for crosses and no trees left to make them anyway.

So maybe everyone realized this before, but that means that at this crossroads of history, Jerusalem was surrounded with crosses. The New Covenant was born at the death and ressurection of Christ. Three crosses outside Jerusalem. Now Christ comes back to judge Jerusalem with a rod of iron. Now there are a thousand crosses.

What are Christians but cross-bearers? Put-to-death-and-raised-again-ones. Giving-your-life-for-others-ones. First there were three who gave their lives to each other, three who died to themselves, three who took up their crosses. Now there are thousands.

It was forty years, some say to the week, from Christ’s crucifixion to the destruction of Jerusalem. Forty years is a long time. Forty years to test the faith of the Jews in the desert, to weed out the unfaithful. Forty days to purify Jonah in the belly of the whale. Forty days to test Jesus in the wilderness. Forty years to test the gospel. Forty years to purify the cross-bearers. Forty years to see if the first cross was in vain. But the Word of God never goes out and comes back void. Crosses multiplied. Cross bearers multiplied. The gospel was utterly vindicated in 70 A.D.

God’s unfaithful people were put to death on the symbol of His love. The Romans, unbeknownst to them, littered the landscape with the symbol that would overthrow their empire. Jesus left the graffitti of a thousand crosses on the walls of His city. Who can doubt that this was the work of the new king? He may as well have done that trick where He writes on the wall with the disembodied hand again. “Jesus was here”

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