Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 25-All Things Crucified, Part II

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 25-All Things Crucified, Part II

Thankfully, the gospel teaches me that dying is not an end, but a beginning. For after Christ took up His cross and died, God raised Him from the dead, 108 exalted Him to the highest heaven, 109 and drew Him into His bosom.110 These facts surrounding Christ’s resurrection stand as proof positive that God will not leave me for dead, but will raise me similarly, If I would only allow myself to die. Indeed, on the other side of each layer of dying lie experiences of a life with God that are far richer, far higher, and far more intimate than anything I would have otherwise known.111

In God’s economy, death is the way to life. “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,” Jesus says, “but whoever loses his life for My sake, he shall find it.”112 Indeed, the more conformable I am made to the death of Christ, the more I experience freedom from sin 113 and taste the power of the resurrection of Jesus Himself.114 The path to such power is paved with many dyings, and each stage of resurrection is achieved with each incident of dying to myself and reckoning myself dead to sin.115

The more I contemplate the gospel, the more I understand that this “word of the cross” 116 stands as a blueprint for my own life story. The death that Christ died is the death to which I am called is my entry point to union with Christ and life at its fullest.117 So, come what may, I’ll let no one take this death from me!

108-Ephesians 1:20. “…He raised Him from the dead…”

109-Philippians 2. “(8)…He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (9) For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.”

110-John 1:18. “No one has seen God at any time, the only begotten God who is [present tense] in the bosom of the father, He has explained Him.”

111-Romans 6:4. “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism unto death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”

112-Luke 9:24. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, he is the one who will save it.”

113-Romans 6. “(6) knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; (7) for he who has died is freed from sin.”

114-Philippians 3. “(8)…I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…(10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;”

115-Romans 6:11. “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

116-1 Corinthians 1:18. “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

117-Romans 6:5. “For is we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection…”

118-Philippians 1:23. “But I…[have] the desire to depart to be with Christ, for that is very much better,” 1 Peter 1:13. “…fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Christ Jesus.”

 

Reasons To Rehearse the Gospel Daily. Day 20-Exposed By The Cross, Part II

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REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 20-Exposed By The Cross, Part II

The Cross also exposes me before the eyes of other people, informing them of the depth of my depravity. If I wanted others to think highly of me, I would conceal the fact that a shameful slaughter of the perfect Son of God was required that I might be saved. But when I stand at the foot of the Cross and am seen by others under the light of that Cross, I am left uncomfortably exposed before their eyes. Indeed the most humiliating gossip that could ever be whispered  about me is blared from Golgotha’s hill; 75 and my self-righteous reputation is left in ruins in the wake of its revelations. With the worst facts about me thus exposed to the view of others, I find myself feeling that I truly have nothing left to hide.

Thankfully, the more exposed I see that I am by the Cross, the more I find myself opening up to others ongoing issues of sin in my life. (Why would anyone be shocked to hear of my struggles with past and present sin when the Cross already told them I am a desperately sinful person?) And the more open I am in confessing my sins to fellow-Christians, the more I enjoy the healing of the Lord in response to their grace-filled counsel and prayers.76 Experiencing richer levels of Christ’s love in companionship with such saints,77 I give thanks for the Gospel’s role in forcing my hand toward self-disclosure and the freedom that follows.78

75-Golgotha was the place where Jesus was crucified. John 19. “(17)…and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of the Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. (18) There they crucified Him…

76-James 5:16. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed…”

77-Ephesians 3. “(14) For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,…(17)…that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, (19) and to know the love of Christ…”

78-Ecclesiastes 4. “(9) Two are better than one…(10) For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up…(12) And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.”