Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Crown and the Fire (N.T. Wright) - What I Have Written, I Have Written

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 4: " What I Have Written, I Have Written"
"The King of the Jews". For Pilate this was just another way of mocking the Jewish nation and its rulers who were rebellious against Rome. But Jesus was not that sort of Messiah the people wanted or the Romans assumed.

Satan had offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world, on one condition: that He fall down and worship him. Jesus had refused to do so, and the cross is the direct result of that refusal. The kingdoms of the world reject Him, and kill Him. The rulers of this world acting out of Satan's revenge upon Him: they strip him naked, and hold Him up to contempt in public, dancing round Him and celebrating their triumph over Him.

But it is precisely this point that Satan has overreached himself: because the cross is, in point of fact, not the world's victory over Jesus, but Jesus' victory over the world. Here is the mystery, the secret, one might almost say the cunning, of the deep love of God. He drew on to himself the hatred and pain and shame and anger and bitterness and rejection of the world and the despotic fury which was crushing the world, and by dying to it without submitting to it, he defeated it.

Lord Christ, we cry for help against our strong enemy. You are stronger than the strong; deliver us, we pray, from the evil one, and take sole possession of our hearts and minds.

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