Thursday, April 9, 2009

Another Stott Shot

For some reason, this week I’m seeing how short I fall. I’m seeing how many times I’m choosing selfishness over selflessness. How many times I’m in need of the grace of Jesus just to keep BREATHING. I don’t think it is coincidence that this week we see the Cross of Christ more clearly than any other week. This is the place where grace flowed down to us. If you can read this quote, in love, without accusation, recognizing its truth, it will rock you.

Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, “I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.” Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.
And of course men do not like it. John Stott, Authentic Christianity

Thank you for the Cross Service
Overlake Christian Church
Friday Night, 7pm
Childcare for kiddos under 5
Easter Services: Sat 5:20, 7pm, Sun 9:20, 11am


Sara Washburn said...

I can hardly wait!!! I am so excited about Easter!!! Oh joyous day! =)

Cynthia said...

I love the cross and I really appreciate that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. However, my favorite part is Is52:12-For you will not depart in haste, Nor will you leave in flight; For the Lord is marching before you, The God of Israel is your rear guard. Its interesting that God is two-fold Jesus, the Lord of host leading the way(the follow me part) and God of Israel maker and creator in the rear, seeing that he do not lose one of those that has pick up their cross and is following Jesus. A interesting concept. The end of John when Jesus tells Peter to follow him and Peter notices that he leaves John the beloved disciple behind, like a mark to remind God that he is to stay in the rear, while his son leads the way. Isaiah is a very interesting book especially the chapters Is 50-61. Cannot wait until my Pastor Mike cover those verses, I just knows he loves a challenge.