The cross was meant for the worst enemies of Rome. Ugly, painful, shameful, torturous humiliation for all the world to see. And this, not the giving of gifts, not the hiding of eggs, not the message that obeying the Bible leads to wealth and power, this cross is the center of the Christian faith. In some mysterious way the path to everlasting life leads us on a trail through suffering and self-sacrifice, sacrifice for others, sacrifice for God.
This is Lent.