WHEN JESUS SUFFERED and died on the cross, God bore the sin and suffering of the world. By giving his life to the bitter end, Jesus shared the fate of all innocent victims of inhumanity. He took the suffering of the world upon himself. He absorbed the agony of broken hearts and twisted lives. …
Second Corinthians 4:5-6 was the favorite text of my theological mentor, Robert Cushman, and I can hear his often repeated words in my mind to this day: “The only authentic Christian life is a cruciform life.” In an “if-it-feels-good-it’s right” world, the glory of the cross makes little sense. But to the hurt, the abused, the wounded, and the lonely, the Savior who identifies with our pain is the light of life. As followers of Christ we are called to translate, through God’s grace, the cognitive dissonance caused by our questions about the brokenness and suffering of the world into resolute action rooted in God’s love. …
God in Christ “suffers with” the world. This is the actual meaning of the word compassion. I believe nothing expresses the central truth of God’s essence more fully than compassion, the outworking of God’s self-giving love. We see compassion on the cross.
- Paul Chilcote
Changed from Glory into Glory
From pages 103, 104, and 105 of Changed from Glory into Glory: Wesleyan Prayer for Transformation by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright © 2005 by Paul Wesley Chilcote. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Today’s Scripture Reading
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
John 12:3, NRSV
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