The other day in the Greek class here in the seminary, we came across a new word: staurow. It means crucifixion. The teacher used a pneumonic to help us understand it: Storrow Drive. You get crucified when you drive Storrow Drive. I know a lot of people with the road rage wounds to prove it.
Well, on Storrow there is a sign that stands out. It describes the road. It says, “Reverse Curve.” But some forlorn Red Sox fans changed it a long time ago. Now it says, “Reverse Curse.”
On Jesus’ Staurow, there is also a sign. We know what it says: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. That’s what makes Him the king. It’s not that He told other people what to do, or had great ideas. It’s that He became the lowest, out of love. That’s the road.
To reverse the curse.
Happy Solemnity of Christ the King!
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree”– that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Gal 3:13-14)