Jean’s Gospel: A Little While…

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9 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Well done, Jean.

    Sometimes a little while seems like an eternity…but it really is just a little while…

  2. The New Victor says:

    What I always found interesting is that Jesus talked about taking up a cross, yet no one asked him exactly what he was talking about. “Cross? What cross?”

    It’s interesting that the “wicked generation” asked for a sign, Jesus coming down from the cross (has anyone else seen the body-builder Jesus ripping the cross apart that I’ve seen on social media? *eyeroll*). He arose 3 days later and was seen by hundreds. The miracles weren’t signs enough, nor were the Apostolic miracles recorded in Acts.

    Abraham’s words to the tormented rich man: “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (foreshadowing the rejection of the Resurrected Christ).

    During the times of the Patriarchs, God talked directly to people, and still they sinned, starting with Cain. If talking directly to God wasn’t enough, definitive proof that He exists, then it calls to question how fruitful it is to engage and argue with atheists.

  3. CostcoCal says:

    “Cross? What cross?”….

    Thanks for getting me to consider it that way, Victor.

    It never hit me that a cross wouldn’t seem arbitrary to them when Jesus said that.

    A cross seems common to us.

    It would have been shocking to them.

  4. em ... again says:

    i often wonder why humanity is so vulnerable to perspective… “thousand years are as a day” with the Lord…
    looking at Michael’s illustration for Jean’s post reminded me of visual perspective (after i got past wondering if it was high or low tide 🙂 )
    reminded me of a teaching moment i received years ago
    the neighbors’ house – which was really quite far from ours by city standards – back home after a month out on the water among the islands up in this part of the world, glancing out my kitchen window, the house next door startled me – it was right on top of us! – if we’d been two boats navigating among those islands that would have been true… don’t we make most of our judgements by our own experience/perspective? i wish that i walked close enough to the Lord to judge more by His perspective… these crosses, these burdens are not too heavy if our perspective can just line up with His… all flesh is grass, withering grass, but we are more than flesh – Praise God (excuse the fundy moment)

  5. Jean says:

    For the Christian, there is a battle for perspective between the Spirit and the flesh which each of us lives with.

    For the non-Christian, the dominant perspective is informed by the flesh.

    Without hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the perspective of time, which Em wisely reminds us of, suicide, overdose, addiction, etc., become tools for coping or solving the sufferings of human existence. Lord have mercy.

  6. Paul A. Lytton says:

    Victor and Costco #’s 2, 3,

    Regarding, “Cross? What cross?”

    In the time of Jesus the cross of crucifixion was well understood by the people of that day. Jesus’ being on the cross was preceded by many, many persons. Either way (the cross of Jesus, or the cross of the common men) the term of taking up a cross would have been easily understood as accepting your punishment by the laws of the time.

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Of course it is just as common as when we say – pick up your electric chair and follow me. 😉

  8. em ... again says:

    well, the comments have me thinking again (and learning, maybe)… MLD is wrong because the murderer’s last walk today doesn’t require carrying his own chair… i thot that and then i thot about what carrying a cross meant then… you were a public display, headed for a crucifixion… talk about a “perp walk!”
    i remember a song from my youth: “Are ye able, said the Master to be crucified with me and the sturdy dreamers answer, “To the death, we follow Thee …… Lord, we are able, our spirits are Thine, remold us, make us like Thee, divine…. ” we sang it, probably meant it, but were clueless….

  9. Jean says:

    A cross is just as much a sign of God’s wrath as an electric chair or any other source of death. Death is the wages of sin. The thing that separates the the Christian from the unbeliever is not sin or even Christ’s atonement. It is the Christian’s faith in Christ and His Gospel.

    This Gospel changes death from eternal separation from God into sleep “a little while.” And this worldview changes our ability to have joy and hope, endurance and patience in the midst of suffering. For me, I can’t even begin to imagine what an unbeliever of my age might be thinking as he/she goes to bed every night.

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