Thursday, March 26, 2009

Boasting in His Shame

I receive my issue of TableTalk Magazine a little early every month. The April edition speaks to the topic of The Church in the 9th Century. Anyways, I always look forward to gleaning from every article including the daily devotions. This month had a weekend article from Rev. John Sartelle of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. In there he speaks of centrality of the cross and boasting in the sufferings of Christ, as the title of this post alludes to. I came across this rather lengthy (though intriguing) quote that I felt I should share with our CiC readers.

Many of us evangelicals deny that we know Jesus by taking the emphasis away from the cross as we speak to His disciples and present our gospel to the world: "Follow Jesus: He will straighten out your marriage. Follow Jesus: He will make you better parents. Follow Jesus: He will make you financially solvent. Follow Jesus: he will enrich your relationships." Now, that is a Jesus who is easy to like and easy to follow. It is easy to stand in the world and be proud of that Jesus. Be comfortable with Him. Kick back with Him. he is anti-institutional. Living with Him is a cool ride."

Dear reader, if we would recapture the gospel we must return to the ignominious cross. "For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned out-side the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured." (Heb. 13:11-13).

...Paul was so proud of Jesus and His cross that he counted it an honor to suffer in the world for the cause of the cross. Be sure, if you pitch your tent under His cross in the world, your life in some way will bear the marks of His ignominy.

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