The cross of Christ is the crux of the matter. That is not a mere play on words but the firm conviction of every disciple of Jesus. Without the cross, there is no gospel. Mark wanted his readers to appreciate that the one who died on Golgotha was God’s Son. As we study this text, we dare not approach it with anything less than reverence. God’s Son is dying. Pay attention. Pay your respects. Repent and believe.