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Have you been confronted by the candid cross? It is the cross of Christ that reveals God’s unilateral rejection and condemnation of sin and evil . . . it is the cross of Christ that informs us we have more in common with the drug addict, the murderer, the thief and the terrorist than with anything that remotely pleases God . . . it is at the cross where the Son found and experienced the utter dark and desperate separation from the Father we all deserve . . . it is the cross of Christ that reinforces Isaiah’s words . . .
“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” – Isaiah 64:6
It is the cross of Christ that reminds us that we can’t be comforted by the love of God nor irresistibly called to be a conduit of His grace . . . if we reject the candor of Christ like the self-made pharisees who had no use for the faith of a healed blind man . . .
“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when He found him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen Him; in fact, He is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” – John 9:35-39
This is David “JB” Miller reminding you that it is also at the cross of Christ where we find the Kingdom of Heaven choosing to distance itself from the “community of the careful”, from the “measured” life . . . in a world so full of rejection, the “all-in” love of God goes on full display at the cross of Christ, taking on the greatest form of rejection possible, so that the most grace-saturated form of acceptance can be offered. Are you ready to to say “I’m all in” . . . “I’m not holding on or holding back” . . . ready to say “yes” to the glorious demands of . . .
. . . the candid cross?
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