He then started to show them that the Son of Man should endure many issues and be rejected by the elders, chief clergymen and academics of the regulation, and that he should be killed and after three days rise once more.Mark 8:31
Christianity with out the cross just isn’t Christianity in any respect, however a shabby, slimy substitute. The phrase of the cross is what makes it Christian. What does it imply? Three parts, which can come out as we proceed our research in Mark.
First, it means the top of the pure, the top of what we name
self-sufficiency. That’s the philosophy of the day, and the way the world despises this message that it should be executed away with! Not solely does the world not perceive it, it actually despises it! Anybody who preaches it’s thought to be preaching nonsense. As Christians, we’re referred to as upon both to consider our Lord or the voices that whisper in our ears–one or the opposite. Which is true? The phrase of the cross means the top of all our reliance upon ourselves, and we don’t like that. It means wiping out the pure life. Nothing that we have now by advantage of being born is ever worthwhile or acceptable within the sight of God. A cross wipes individuals out. It doesn’t enhance them, doesn’t higher them in any approach; it wipes them out.
Moreover, the second component includes ache and harm. It at all times does, as a result of we don’t like being minimize off. Which of us, if allowed to decide on this system by which we serve God, would ever embody in it defeat, catastrophe, despair, disappointment, disillusionment, and dying? But these are the very parts that God finds completely important to understanding His plan for us. Issue and hazard? Sure, we embody them. They problem the flesh and make it seem like one thing when it surmounts these. However defeat? By no means! Dishonor? By no means! Catastrophe? Disappointment? No! Loss of life? Inconceivable! However they’re what God chooses.
The third component of the way in which of the cross is that it results in a resurrection. Is it not unusual that the disciples by no means appeared to listen to Jesus when, each time He spoke of the cross, He mentioned that after three days He would rise once more? They appeared arrested by the cross and will by no means get past it. They rejected it, refused to hearken to it, and they also by no means got here to an understanding of what the fantastic occasion of the resurrection would imply, till it truly occurred. However the way in which of the cross at all times results in a resurrection, to a brand new starting, on totally different phrases. It results in freedom, to being let loose from pure disaster and catastrophe, to having your spirit peaceable and at relaxation, regardless of what is occurring to your physique or your particular person. That is what individuals actually need. How we lengthy for and dream of being free, entire, ample, capable of deal with life, ready to deal with no matter comes, undisturbed at coronary heart.
Father, I ask that You’ll assist me perceive that Jesus is within the hurts, within the disappointments, within the disasters, that He’s main me on, setting me free from that which is shackling me-all myself-sufficiencyandself-reliance,all my need to be exalted, to be made a lot of.