Christus Rex

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  1. Rapturesaint says:

    Being a born again Christian whose past, present and future sins has been nailed to the cross on the death and “resurrection” of Jesus Christ, HE IS NOT ON THE CROSS ANYMORE. As our Lord Jesus Christ said “it is finished.” Nothing I have done, or will do, but done, by our Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. Michael says:

    Rapturesaint,

    What an odd monicker.

    You miss the point entirely…perhaps re reading the article would be helpful.

  3. Michael says:

    “He does not suffer from the frustration of unanswered questions or thwarted plans, but he shares and takes upon himself the suffering of those whom he loves, those with whom he is intimate. He suffers in his self-giving love that is, at one and the same time, sacrificial and victorious. God’s sovereignty is rooted in a self-giving, pain-bearing, love. That was the case when Christ hung upon the cross, and that is the case today, for God does not measure his love in single events set in a distant past.”

    This is the point…

  4. Michael says:

    This has been a concept very near to me of late…because if one understands this concept of Jesus, then one understands that to follow Him we must also live in self sacrificing love.

    When we do, we “share in the sufferings of Christ”…

  5. Em says:

    I think … ? … Today’s post should be reread even if we think we got it the first time…
    Thank you, Dr. Duane. Our life in Christ was never intended to cater to the ego of the old man. But i know staying Christ centered in our thinking isn’t easy without good teaching… and maybe somegoading!

  6. Jean says:

    I think Duane may have hit upon a couple of points, I don’t know if intentional or within the sphere of what he is trying to teach, but here is what struck me:

    (1) By showing us the image of Christus Rex and sharing from Revelation, Duane is engaging our eyes and imagination (not as in “fantasy” but as in “envisaging). The EO are especially adept at engaging all 5 spiritual senses in their Mass. The older church architecture as well.

    (2) Showing us that Christianity is not first and foremost a system of ideas, concepts or an ideology, but it is (historically anyway) concrete and down to earth, engaging the senses (both physical and spiritual). Being such, somethings cannot be taught so much by books or as concepts, but must be lived and experienced, such as paradox, mystery and, yes, suffering. Today, a lot of Christianity is more towards psychology or mental persuasion or emotional manipulation.

    Thanks for a good article and some great things to think about.

  7. Michael says:

    Duane may be unavailable today as his mother has been hospitalized…prayers appreciated…

  8. Em says:

    Praying for Dr. Duane’s family… Lord, be their reality and strength now… healing mercies, Lord

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    Just back… many thanks for the prayers. My mother is home and resting.

  10. Duane Arnold says:

    Jean

    Many thanks. I think the visual images of the paradox – A slain lamb upon a throne, a King who reigns from the Cross – is important. The paradox runs all through Christian theology…

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    RaptureSaint

    Just a note… In your theology the Lord that you will rise to meet in the air will be easy to recognize… He’s the one with wounds in His hand and His feet, and a spear wound in His side. The Cross has not been left behind…

  12. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    It’s funny that those who advocate for an empty tomb also lobby city hall for a Jesus occupied Christmas manger.

  13. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I meant an empty cross. Ooops

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