Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Meditation
For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.
—2 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV) Quotation
The nominal Christian, then, will see Jesus as a name, a representative, a symbol, a personification, a prototype, a figure, a model, an exemplar for something else
. The nominal Christian pays homage to something about
Jesus, rather than worshiping the man himself. For this reason, nominal Christians will extol the moral teachings of Jesus, the faith of Jesus, the personality of Jesus, the compassion of Jesus, the world view of Jesus, the self-understanding of Jesus, etc. None of these worships Jesus as the Christ, but only something about him, something peripheral to the actual flesh-and-blood man. This is why when the almighty God came into the world in Jesus, he came as the lowest of the low, as weakness itself, as a complete and utter nothing, in order that men would be forced into the crucial decision about him alone and would not be able to worship anything about him.
... Robert L. Short
(1932-2009), The Parables of Peanuts
, New York: HarperCollins, 2002, p. 166-167 (see the book
See also 2 Cor. 13:4; Luke 22:43-44; Rom. 6:8-11; 1 Cor. 15:43; 2 Cor. 4:7-11; 12:9-10; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 5:2 Quiet time reflection
Lord Jesus, it is You alone that I worship. CQOD Blog email RSS
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