Monday, January 25, 2010

The Sympathy Of Christ Part Two

Ok, so you will need to scroll back a way to get to The Sympathy of Christ part one.....but it is down there somewhere....! I wanted to post this today though because it was helpful for me to read.

"True Christian discipleship demands an uncompromising avowal of attachment to Christ, of adhesion to His people,and of adherence to his truth.The offense of the cross is not ceased. A real decision for the Redeemer can not exist without some sacrifice,demanded and made, as a term of discipleship. "If any man come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me." The sacrifices thus expected and thus endured are various. Some are called to assert their conscientious decisions confronted hostility from quarters the most loved, venerated, and cherished, but all the keener and more overwhelming. Arrayed against him are father, mother, brother.....- ties of affection which bind the heart so closely to the family altar and hearth. The pang of separation from these, who can estimate? The deep, lone grief, who can describe? Yet the Saviour has said - "He who loves father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me;and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me." Other saints are called to abandon their wordly interests, to renounce their earthly property, to exclude themselves from the means of acquiring distinction, rank, honor, wealth, and to link them with poverty and toil,and want, encountering the reproach of friends, blighted hope, disappointed wishes, ruined expectations.Be it so. This is nothing more than Jesus foretold and forewarned : "Let us go forth, therefore, unto Him,outside the camp, bearing His reproach."

But for whom are you enduring, and suffering, and sacrificing all this? For Jesus! For Him, who though He was rich, for your sakes became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich. For Him who was not ashamed to call you His brother, but bowed His Godhead to your nature, and on your behalf became a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. For Him who, while working out your righteousness by his life of unwearied and perfect obedience, could say - "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath no where to lay His head." For Him who gave His back to the smiter.......and who bore the full weight of sin and the curse, and the suffering and the desertion upon the cross, and then bowed His head and died. Before this stupendous spectacle, this amazing sacrifice, we exclaim in the language of an inspired apostle, "I am not ASHAMED of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believes."
~ Octavious Winslow

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