Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Crown and the Fire (N.T. Wright) - If you are the Son of God

I am reading "The Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit" by N.T. Wright for this year's Lent period. Will try to post few sentences which impressed me the most from each chapter.

Chapter 1: "If you are the Son of God"
"If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!" The voices of bystanders..the words of Satan..

At the start of his ministry Jesus had heard similar words: "If.. If.." It is part of his full and total humanity that he should be tempted, as we all are, to doubt: to doubt himself, to doubt his vocation, to doubt God. "My God, why have you abandoned me? Perhaps I have been mistaken - perhaps they're right and I've been wrong..."

The senior devil (in C.S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters) advised his young nephew that the devil's cause is in danger when human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do God's will. Asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys. And that's exactly what Jesus did!

Jesus, You suffered not only torture and death but also sorrow and doubt; give us, we pray, such gratitude for Your obedient love...

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