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'And they crucified him. Dividing his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get' (Mark 15:24).

We so often skip over this episode in the drama of the cross. How could the soldiers sit and cast lots? They were satisfied with Jesus's physical possessions, but they ignored the principles for which he was being crucified.

There are many so-called Christians who collect what they can from Christ without any sense of what it cost or what its inner principal means. Is Christianity for you a means of gaining social esteem, or do you use it for social respectability? Does it give you a feeling of satisfaction to know that you have attended a church service once a week? Are these the only criteria for calling ourselves Christians? The cross means more than that. Jesus said: 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me' (Luke 9:23).

Rev (Mrs) Gwendydd Askew, Waterlinks International Project
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 29, 2002
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