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Devotional - week of June 16, 2002


PLACING JESUS AS CRUCIFIED ON PUBLIC DISPLAY

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you  that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?  Galatians 3:1

In the verse above the Apostle Paul reminds his Galatian readers that they have seen Jesus as crucified on public display.

Paul does not refer to some inanimate display of art nor to an experience of their imagination. He writes of their seeing with their eyes Jesus as crucified. What could Paul mean?

The answer is in Paul’s testimony two verses earlier. It reads:

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me …  Galatians 2:20

The people of Galatia must have asked Paul and Barnabas what made them different from anyone else they had ever seen.

Galatians 2:20 is possibly a restatement of what he told them. He surely had taught them that when any person receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection becomes theirs.

In Galatians 2:20 Paul mentions two things that result in the life of one experiencing crucifixion, burial, and resurrection:

… it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me ..

When Paul experienced his crucifixion, the works of the flesh were not at work in his life and Jesus was free to express Himself in and through him.

Christ as crucified was visibly demonstrated through Paul when he was free of the works of the flesh and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Observers of any believer who experiences crucifixion, burial, and resurrection will have a visible demonstration of Jesus as crucified.

Let us spend the rest of our lives placing Jesus as crucified on public display wherever we may go.