Exposed and Embraced by the Cross

Posted: December 19, 2012 by thoughtsfrommyshelf in Reading, Thoughts

Gospel-Centerdness is something that is sort of a resurgence in Christian circles. What many are trying to recover is connecting the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus to every aspect of Christianity. If I am made right with God by believing in all that Jesus has done for me, how does this message of salvation affect the way that I view giving, church membership, fighting to do what is right even when it doesn’t come easy.

I was reading a portion of Milton Vincent’s Gospel Primer today and thought I would share this entry. Under one of his headings titled Exposed by the Cross, Milton Vincent connects the death of Jesus to the death of fear. The life that Jesus lived as the basis for an honest, humble, and transparent life.He explains that because of the cross criticism shouldn’t scare us. We should embrace it and in some ways expect sin. We shouldn’t be surprised if people think bad of us. As Charles Spurgeon said, “Brothers, if any one thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be.”

Here is what Milton Vincent writes:

The Cross 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; 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 about 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. Experiencing richer levels of Christ’s love in companionship with such saints, I thanks for the gospel’s role in forcing my hand toward self-discloser and the freedom that follows that.

This is amazing news isn’t it!! We can be honest about our deepest struggles, because we have been affirmed and approved in ways that cover any shame and guilt we would feel. We can face the ugliness of our hearts because Jesus is now changing our hearts and making them more like His. We have hope for change. We have the power that rose Jesus from the dead working in us. Let’s live lives that not only show how broken we are, but how Jesus through the good news of the cross is restoring all things in Himself.

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