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WHAT DID THEY SAY?

''And when they came unto the place which is called The skull, there they crucified him ... the people stood beholding" (Lk. 23:33-35).

Look at those last few words one more time: "the people stood beholding" [theoreo, "theorizing"]. They stood by the cross of Jesus, trying to "put things together." And, what did they see?

They saw the "obvious." They saw how cruel man could be to others. Death by crucifixion was horrible. Victims frequently died stark raving mad from days of exposure and thirst-a thought that underscores the agony behind Jesus' words: "I thirst" (Jn. 19:28).

They saw something "mysterious." They experienced an eerie darkness "over the whole land." The sun refused to shine as if it were paying tribute to the death of our Savior (Luke 23:44-45).

They saw something "vicarious." They witnessed the death of God in the flesh, an agonizing death that made possible our "abundant life" (John 10: 10; cf. I Cor. 15:3).

They saw something "marvelous." They saw the same things you and I are blessed to see when we partake of the Lord's Supper .... the love of God (I Cor. 11:23-26; cf I Jn. 4:9-10).

-Dan Winkler