This week, as we celebrate Easter and remember the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I offer one short often overlooked book that provide rich devotional and theological insight into Christ's suffering, Frederick S. Leahy's The Cross He Bore.
I have often heard it said that our theology must lead to doxology, and this book is both deeply theological and richly doxological. As he looks at the events of the last hours of Jesus' life Leahy shows us again and again why Jesus is so glorious, so mighty to save.
Consider his words as he writes about Jesus' crown of thorns:
There is also the significance of the crown of thorns for the church, for God's redeemed people. It reminds us that Christ is a King and that he is victorious even when he seems defeated. however abased Christ may appear to men he is still a King. He accomplishes a regal task at Calvary and gains for us a royal pardon. He ascends a throne as he goes to be crucified, a throne of grace. In this apparent weakness he is the mighty Conqueror of Satan and sin and death, the Overcomer of this world. The cross appears as foolishness to the world, but to God's redeemed people that cross is victory, salvation, the power of God.... His outflashing glory has scorched away every speck of disgrace, and tipped the crown of thorns with a hundred points of flaming brightness. The brow that once wore the cruel crown of thorns is now adorned with the diadem of the universe, for all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Christ. 'We see Jesus... crowned' (Heb. 2:9). 'Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!' (John 1:29).