Crucified with Christ – Galatians 2:20

Crucified with Christ – Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Reflection:

The final and ultimate sacrifice of the Christian life is to be crucified with Christ. Crucifixion is not only a form of execution, it is a statement of shaming and rejection. The world said to Jesus, “Here’s what we think of you and your kingdom.” They put a crown of thorns on his head, nailed him to a cross, and hurled insults at him while he died. They did this to the Son of God and Lord of Glory! To be crucified with Christ is to be identified with him and accept the world’s rejection. To be rejected is indeed a painful and humiliating thing, especially by those we love or respect. But Jesus invites us to take up our cross, meaning that we not only accept the world’s rejection; we welcome it. We have decided to no longer live for the ways of this world, but by dying to this world, we live for the kingdom of God and walk with Christ our Lord. 

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus Christ, the world rejected you, but I welcome you, for you alone are the Lord of Glory. I accept the world’s rejection so that I might live for you. 

Life Application:

By now, we are all familiar with the term “cancel culture.” Those who do not accept the demands of the prevailing culture are humiliated on social media, rejected by their friends, and can even lose their jobs. The world has become a nasty place. But actually, “cancel culture” is nothing new. Throughout the ages, Christians have always faced a critical choice: will we concede to the demands of culture or boldly stand for Christ? So long as we fear what people say about us, we will be bound by their demands and limited in our walk with Christ. But if we abandon our need for other people’s affirmation, we are set free and can boldly live for Christ. There is great joy in this liberation, just as there was a resurrection after the crucifixion. So here’s the challenge: choose now to live for Christ alone knowing that you may be rejected. Die to yourself so that you might live for Christ. Jesus will welcome you and bless you with a joy the world cannot give.