Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Incomplete View of the Cross

Take some time to ponder what Wayne Jacobsen has to say about our "incomplete view of the cross":

I am convinced we have such dysfunctional relationships in what we call 'the church' today because we have an incomplete view of the cross. Punishment illustrates only a small bit of the cross and only from our perspective. God did something so much greater there that if we understood it we would never doubt Jesus’ love for us again no matter how bad our circumstances got, and we’d never try to smash another brother or sister into a religious box again. The reason we have so many broken relationships around religious things is because we are still managing our shame and that of others around us, instead of living in the reality that Jesus has already answered for us in himself, everything God would ever require of us. If we knew that, we would know how to relate to each other in a way that edifies, serves and loves, without manipulating, comparing or abusing...

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