Jesus Christ Crucified

You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?” (Galatians 3:1)

In his rebuke to the Galatians, Paul references the central theme of the Gospel that he had shared with them, which was the heart of their faith: “Jesus Christ … crucified.” This was the core element of his message to them: we are saved by the work of Jesus on the cross, not by our own efforts. This is to be OUR central message too!

Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:23, “we preach Christ crucified.”
— our message is NOT “come to church and become a nice middle class American”
— our message is NOT “health, wealth, & prosperity” will be yours if you believe
— our message is NOT “get baptized in the Spirit and speak in tongues”
— our message is NOT “vote conservative Christian politics”

Paul had one primary message, everywhere he went, and to whomever he spoke — and so do we. May we be as committed to the same focus, and the same message that Paul so single-mindedly emphasized in his day: “Jesus Christ … crucified”!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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