[ READING :: 1 Corinthians 1:18 — 2:2 ]

“I resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Knowing God—having an appropriately awe-filled yet intimate relationship, or partnership, with the creator, redeemer of israel, and sovereign of the universe—is and was the life goal of faithful Jews. It is no less so for Paul. Paul characterizes himself as zealous—both before and after his first experience of Jesus as Messiah—in his pursuit of the means to this knowledge of God and its corresponding life of obedience. The initial and ongoing encounter with Jesus, however, reformulated his understanding of who God is and how God is most fully experience. That the Messiah, God’s Son, was sent by God to be crucified, and then raised by God, meant that somehow God and the cross were inextricably interrelated. This connection led Paul to see not only Jesus, but also God the “father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” as defined by the cross.

—From Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross by Michael J. Gorman

When we seek to know Jesus, like Paul in Corinthians we are seeking to know Christ crucified. And when step into the life of this crucified Jesus we not only embrace Jesus but we embrace the cross. I think this is really important to remember as we walk through the desert toward the cross to ultimately participate in the resurrection.

? To embrace Jesus as love is one things but do you embrace Jesus as crucified ?