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Saturday, March 14, 2009

guilty as charged

Read this today in our Community Reader. It made me stop and take a deep breath this morning. This needed to be passed along to others.
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"Lifted up from the earth"
We are tempted to find, in such language, a method or formula to "draw all people." We warp His words into something we can do- sing, dance, praise, and thus "lift Him high." But there is no mistake what He means; "He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die."
It is not in the safety of musical worship services that all will be drawn to Jesus, but in the agony of crucifixion. It's not in something we can do, some formula we can master; it's something HE did. Only by the cross will all be drawn to Him. And so He does not bid us, "Exalt me in song," but, "Deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow Me."
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*raising my hand sheepishly for warping His words many times in the past*

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2 comments:

LizRice said...

also guilty.....thanks for the post, J. Think I'll be a subscriber (after I get done typing this).

Love,

Liz

John David Walt said...

nice color schemes on this blog. dukes worthy for sure.