Quotations from Christianity Today Reflections of March 5, 2007.
“THERE IS GOOD biblical evidence that God not only suffered in Christ, but that God in Christ suffers with his people still. … It is wonderful that we may share in Christ’s sufferings; it is more wonderful still that he shares in ours.” John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ
“UNLESS GOD is on the balance and throws his weight as a counterbalance, we shall sink to the bottom of the scale. If it is not true that God died for us, but only a man died, we are lost. But if God’s death and God lie dead in the opposite scale, then his side goes down and we go upward like a light or empty pan. But he could not have sat in the pan unless he became a man like us, so that it could be said: God dead, God’s passion, God’s blood, God’s death.” Martin Luther, quoted in the Formula of Concord
“GOD not only participates in our suffering, but also makes our suffering into his own and takes death into his life.” Jurgen Moltmann, in Theology Today
Christ came at the right time, God’s time. He lived for 30 years preparing for his season to preach, teach, encourage and demonstrate. Then he gave his life so that we might live. If we do not take this time that He has given us to preach, teach, encourage and demonstrate what would it have been for? Stop standing on the sideline, step out and use your gifts and show the love of Christ to others.