The words “Jesus Saves” go down much easier some days than others. Some days are full of the light of God’s goodness, but not every day. Some days are covered with shadows. Shadows of suffering, shadows of pain, shadows even of death. On the dark days, hope is harder to come by. Some days are so dark we cry to go back to Egypt because at least there we had food.
Suffering is not how the story should go because our story is about victory. Salvation should not come from suffering. A cross is not the road to glory. Oh, cognitively we get it. In our praise songs we get it. We know sin and death are dealt with on the cross, but do we see all its significance? In the kingdom of God the way of the cross is the way of glory. In the kingdom of God anyone who loses their life will gain it.
1 Cor. 1:18 says, “The word of the cross is foolishness for those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.”
For the Word of the Cross is the power of God. This is our good news today. Today, we celebrate a King. Ours is the King of Israel, the one who saves. But this King does not ride a war horse. This King casts down kingdoms but he does it by ushering in his own peaceable kingdom. Our King saves today, He saves now! But the road to salvation goes through Golgotha. This King is raised up — glorified — on a Roman cross. This means we are to follow the crucified Messiah down the same road. We are to carry our cross because in every moment we know God is working to put God's world to right.
If we live out this way of salvation, what role does the church play in our community? How does this shape your relationship with your neighbors? Your family? Your enemy?
Posted on Fri, December 7, 2012
by Kevin Williams