Milan Gugleta has a PhD in Theology and has dedicated the last two decades to the study of Jesus on the cross. His other key areas of interest are apologetics and the relationship between science and religion.
The presenter's ambition is to strive for excellence in understanding the meaning of Christ's sacrifice on the cross. However, the word 'ambition' in itself is incompatible with Christ crucified who laid aside all personal ambitions and gave up the throne of God, as he humbled himself by becoming a human being - and so the Creator became a part of the created reality. Consequently, in trying to reach the higher realm of excellence in the study of the cross the presenter finds himself self-conflicted, as what he studies teaches him not to seek heights but to follow the example of Christ's humility. While studying and researching this subject the presenter felt like trampling upon the holy ground with filthy, muddy boots. It is within this context and with ceaseless inner conflict that he is presenting Jesus on the cross.
This world does not take kindly to the scandalous humility of Christ on the cross. In our very being all of us have hostility towards the cross because it is in conflict with our nature. Each human being with their deeply seated desire and need for self-preservation, self-promotion and self-exaltation is an affront to Christ crucified. We all tend to seek better and higher things in life and this is the direction in which humans traverse. Christ journeyed in the opposite direction, as he descended from a higher dimension into the lower regions of this 'flatland', and so he willingly imposed extreme limitations upon himself.
Everything this world stands for is in enmity to the cross of Christ. This is so because behind the curtain, deep in the dark, there are invisible powers that are pulling strings, seeking to control this world by keeping it in darkness and away from the Light emanating From The Cross. If you have seen the film The Matrix, you will be very familiar with this dimension of reality. The land of Narnia, the Middle-Earth of the Lord of the Rings, and the Galaxy far, far away of the Star Wars, all these point to the same principle and are based on the same essential idea of the conflict between good and evil. This is our reality also as we all play a role in the drama of this evil world. All our ambitions, desires and motives are subconsciously compromised with evil and mingled with darkness, contributing to the overall state of the world. Yet, there is the light shining in the darkness. As we look towards this light we face Christ crucified whose self-sacrifice silently pronounces judgment upon this dark world, and we get a glimpse of the triumph of light over darkness. Each one of us can participate in this victory if we choose to continue to observe the Light From The Cross that emanates from the very nature, heart and mind of God who created us all.
Despite our nature and our ambitions being compromised with evil, there is still a healthy ambition God wants all of us to pursue: 'But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.' (Jeremiah 9:24 ESV). This is the only manifestation of 'boasting' that is acceptable to God.
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