Monday, September 13, 2010

The Cross

It’s Monday, I have an insanely bad headache and my shoes are squeaking when I walk around the office. That’s how I am doing right now, in case you wondered. Despite that, I am actually doing some worthwhile thinking. I will share, “The Cross is a sweeping declaration of man’s inability to save himself from his predicament…” (The Reformers and Their Stepchildren, Leonard Verduin). Yeah, I know, pretty awesome. You have seen the necklaces, the tattoos, the trendy shirts and the bumper stickers with Crosses on them. We could talk all day about the cultural uses of the Cross as more of a trendy icon that really does not equate to a bloody death of the Son of God 2,000 years ago on a hill outside Jerusalem. The real point here is this, the dread of Mondays, the fact that work is hard, headaches, stress, worries, sins, illnesses, disasters, evil, discontentment, strife, murder (shall I go on?), it’s all here because of a grand disease. The disease is sin, it has infected us all. You can argue against it, you can call it an antiquated, mythological idea, you can say it’s only our DNA’s way of surviving, you can say it’s science or whatever…

As it is written:
"There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands,
no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one."
"Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit."
"The poison of vipers is on their lips."
"Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
"Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know."
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."

But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:10-18, 21-26

Thank the Lord on days like today there is hope, a hope in something better than this. Thank the Lord that he carries us through days like today. Thank the Lord that as we persevere through what life has to offer, we bring glory to God. May the thought of bringing glory to God in our lives carry us through not only today, but the days to come until our faith becomes sight!

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