Prayer for the Week Mar 16 – Jesus On The Cross

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Daja and I have really been focused on the Cross as of late.  So many Christians only want to see the empty cross and we just feel the Lord drawing us back; causing us to look at the whole picture.

Jesus on the Cross.

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Today we are going to borrow from one of the all-time great theologians and share his thoughts on the cross.

-Just come down from the cross.
“Avoiding the cross is the essence of the demonic. When finally our Lord was on the cross, Satan had one last chance to be anti-crucial. Through his agents he challenged the Lord, “Come down and we will believe.” Believe? Sure. In what? The Trinity? Yeah, sure. In the hypostatic union? Yes. That he’s the Son of God? Yes. That he made Peter the rock of his Church? Certainly. That he will send the Spirit? Sure. That he will rise from the dead? Sure. Anything–just come down and we will believe. Jesus did not come down. Had he come down, he never would have saved us. It’s human to come down. It’s divine to hang there. Consider the softness of the Church today: the desire to accommodate herself in the world, shrinking away from sacrifice, self-denial. We have today in the Christian world a new dirty word, but it doesn’t have four letters. The new dirty word has five: c-r-o-s-s. Christ without a cross? Sure–anyone will accept that.”
Fulton Sheen from “Through the Year with Fulton Sheen” 

Father in Heaven,
Helps us not shy away from the fullness of your divinity and sacrifice.  We don’t want just part of your story; just part of you.  We desire all of you.  We desire everything you did for us.  Holy Spirit let the fragrance of our prayers arise.  Lead us on the road of sacrifice.  That in unity, the face of Christ may be clear for all the world to see.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

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  1. Georgina - March 16, 2015

    Yes. Strong point.  Much like Jesus telling us to drink the cup of the new covenant in His blood.  We want to shun the brutality of the crucifixion because it assaults our sensibilities.  I am guilty.  But without the Cross, which meant certain death, there is no remission of sin.  We want THAT part of the Cross!  Thank you for reminding us that we cannot have one without the other.  

    • Georgina - March 16, 2015

      And aren’t we grateful for the RESURRECTION!!   Anyone remember Tony Campolo’s sermon “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming!”  🙂

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