Jesus Was Not a "Bore"

To do them justice the people who crucified Jesus did not do so because he was a bore, Dorothy Sayers quotes

To do them justice, the people who crucified Jesus did not do so because he was a bore. Quite the contrary; he was too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium.  Dorothy Sayers*

This is a theme that has grabbed hold of me through the years. Whether it was the old Larry Norman - Outlaw Song, or Mr. Beaver telling the children that Aslan is not a tame lion, or the "wild Messiah" of reJesus (Frost and Hirsch), or the more recent Beautiful Outlaw book - it is so obvious that we try to tame, domesticate, diminish, de-radicalize, and water down the ferocity of love of this daring prophet, Son of God.

To Live and to Die (in Christ)

John Calvin to live and die for Christ

The Holy Week moves on. Good Friday is two days away. Then two more days and we celebrate Easter Resurrection. 

The focus of this Holy Week is always on Christ. Christ crucified and Christ risen again. Our focus is on the work of Christ, the sinlessness of His life, the love that made possible his sacrificial suffering and the power that raised Christ from the dead. 

We are always the "Graced Ones" or the ones who receive grace.
We are always the "acted upon." The work of Jesus is always prior.
We are always those dependent on and connected to the Source which is Father, Son and Spirit.

The message of Holy Week is that God has acted decisively, graciously, powerfully, effectively and REDEMPTIVELY to do for us what we could not and can never do for ourselves.

Nothing can take the place of THAT message.

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