Winning Ways - from Hillcrest Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
|Contact Tom Goodman, Pastor|
Manage Your Subscription -- Subscribe/Unsubscribe
A Romance Story Written in Red
Do you know any good romance novels involving crucifixion?
In the Babyloniaca written by the Syrian lamblichus, the hero is twice overtaken by this fearful punishment, but on both occasions he is taken down from the cross and freed.
Habrocomes, the chief figure in the romance by Xenophon of Ephesus... is first tortured almost to death and later threatened with crucifixion. Even his beloved, Anthea, is in danger of being crucified after she has killed a robber in self-defense.
However, he says, readers would have never accepted a plot where the hero actually endured crucifixion:
Heroes cannot on any account be allowed to suffer such a painful and shameful death -- this can only befall evil-doers.... The hero of the romance is saved at the last moment, just before he is to be nailed to the cross.
Of course, in the Bible's love story, the hero is not saved from the cross. Instead, he suffers and dies, vindicated by resurrection three days later.
In letters of crimson, God wrote his love
This week would be a good time to reflect on that love story. Join us at 7 p.m. on Good Friday for the Lord's Supper, and join us at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday to celebrate our hero's triumphant victory!
Beacon Articles Available Online: The staff newsletters that appear each week in the Beacon are also available on our website. You can find them here.
Do you know friends who would appreciate Winning Ways? Just forward this