Friday, April 14, 2006

The way of the cross

Consider Him who endured the scorn of sinful men

"For consider Him that endured such hostility of sinners against himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

"Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of God."

Heb. 12:3, 1-2

Go to dark Gethsemane

Go to dark Gethsemane,
Ye who feel the tempter's power;
Your Redeemer's conflict see,
Watch with Him one bitter hour.
Turn not from His griefs away,
Learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

See Him at the judgment hall,
Beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;
O the wormwood and the gall!
O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss,
Learn from Christ to bear the cross.

Cal'vry's mournful mountain climb;
There, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time,
God's own sacrifice complete.
'It is finished!' hear Him cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.

When the Straight meets the Crooked

The cross is the sign of what happens when the Straight meets the Crooked. What is happening in Rajasthan is no accident. The deadly irrationality of militant Hindus, who pass laws to make orphan care a criminal offense, is nothing new. The spirit behind the men who torture Christian caregivers in India is the same spirit behind those who whipped Christ on the way to the cross.

But if we learn to die with Him, we may learn something else...

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