The Promise at the Skull

Jesus was crucified on a hill called “The Skull.”

That day there were two others crucified with him. One man at his right, the other at his left. They were criminals.

So there was one innocent man and two guilty men hanging there in front of the crowds. Some following Jesus to mourn, others gathered to see the spectacle of Roman execution.

The first words the criminals heard from Jesus were a prayer for the very people now putting them each to death.

He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

The two men had very different responses to him.

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Eros Love

In 1 Corinthians 13 we find one of the most quoted sections of scripture—a beautiful description of love. But to get the complete picture, we need to understand the background of the people who were reading this.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ESV

In Corinthian culture, sex and love were often viewed as inseparable. If you grew up in this culture, you were exposed to various belief systems, especially the pantheon of Roman gods. The most obvious of all gods was Aphrodite— her temple was the most

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