I am reading "The Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit" by N.T. Wright for this year's Lent period. Will try to post few sentences which impressed me the most from each chapter.
Chapter 4: " What I Have Written, I Have Written"
"The King of the Jews". For Pilate this was just another way of mocking
the Jewish nation and its rulers who were rebellious against Rome. But
Jesus was not that sort of Messiah the people wanted or the Romans
Satan had offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world, on
one condition: that He fall down and worship him. Jesus had refused to
do so, and the cross is the direct
result of that refusal. The kingdoms of the world reject Him, and kill
Him. The rulers of this world acting out of Satan's revenge upon Him:
they strip him naked, and hold Him up to contempt in public, dancing
round Him and celebrating their triumph over Him.
But it is
precisely this point that Satan has overreached himself: because the
cross is, in point of fact, not the world's victory over Jesus, but
Jesus' victory over the world. Here is the mystery, the secret, one
might almost say the cunning, of the deep love of God. He drew on to
himself the hatred and pain and shame and anger and bitterness and
rejection of the world and the despotic fury which was crushing the
world, and by dying to it without submitting to it, he defeated it.
Lord Christ, we cry for help against our strong enemy. You are stronger
than the strong; deliver us, we pray, from the evil one, and take sole
possession of our hearts and minds.