Monday, April 10, 2006

Passion Week Quotes from CT

Richard A. Kauffman over at Christianity Today has a list of quotations to stir your heart and mind for Holy Week.

JESUS WENT TO JERUSALEM to announce the Good News to the people of that city. And Jesus knew that he was going to put a choice before them: Will you be my disciple, or will you be my executioner? There is no middle ground here. Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in a situation where they had to say yes or no. That is the great drama of Jesus' passion: He had to wait upon how people were going to respond.
Henri J. M. Nouwen, "A Spirituality of Waiting," The Weavings Reader

I'D ALWAYS KNOWN, in one place in my throat, how Jesus must have cried in the garden—crying not to die, because there was no fear of death, and not to leave his friends, because he walked alone, and not to suffer, because the blood and bruises and thorns were part of his perfection—but crying because he could not find his Father's face, because when he would suffer all that he could bear, the pain of every person, living and dead, in that dark moment, there was really nobody there.
Paul Shepherd, More Like Not Running Away: A Novel

IN THE CROSS IS SALVATION, in the Cross is life, in the Cross is protection from our enemies, in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the Cross is strength of mind, in the Cross is joy of spirit, in the Cross is the height of virtue, in the Cross is perfection of sanctity. There is no salvation of the soul, nor hope of everlasting life, but in the Cross.
Thomas á Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

HE DIED, but he vanquished death; in himself, he put an end to what we feared; he took it upon himself, and he vanquished it; as a mighty hunter, he captured and slew the lion.

Where is death? Seek it in Christ, for it exists no longer; but it did exist, and now it is dead. O life, O death of death! Be of good heart; it will die in us also. What has taken place in our head will take place in his members; death will die in us also. But when? At the end of the world, at the resurrection of the dead in which we believe and concerning which we do not doubt.
Augustine, Sermon 233

THERE IS WONDERFUL POWER in the Cross of Christ. It has power to wake the dullest conscience and melt the hardest heart, to cleanse the unclean, to reconcile him who is afar off and restore him to fellowship with God, to redeem the prisoner from his bondage and lift the pauper from the dunghill, to break down the barriers which divide [people] from one another, to transform our wayward characters into the image of Christ and finally make us fit to stand in white robes before the throne of God.
John Stott, The Preacher's Portrait

EASTER is not the celebration of a past event. The alleluia is not for what was; Easter proclaims a beginning which has already decided the remotest future. The Resurrection means that the beginning of glory has already started.
Karl Rahner, Everyday Faith

On a lesser note, I woke up this morning for my first day of Easter holidays only to discover that I have chicken pox. So this will probably be my last post for a while as I'm about to tie oven mits to my hands to prevent me from scratching the poxes forming on my back, arms, legs, arm pits, mouth, tongue, and gums! If anyone needs me I'll either be in bed reading up on Gal 2:11-14 or else walking through the streets of Dingwall yelling "unclean, unclean".

Otherwise I hope ya'll have a blessed Easter.

Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!!


Earth child said...

to a man in representation of the lord, i am compelled to ask, if god didnt want adam and eve to eat tht apple, then why did he put it withen their grasp? this is no joke i am totally serious

Chris Tilling said...

Chicken pox?
It's all that sinning.
guter Besserung, and have a God blessed break

Ben Myers said...

I hope you get better soon!

Anonymous said...

Be well brother!