Friday, March 21, 2008

A few Good Friday thoughts to ponder...

It is a strange and terrible perversion of the gospel to say that since Jesus suffered for me, therefore I don’t have to suffer — I can be comfortable and prosperous.

The stumbling block of the cross is removed if we say he became homeless that I might have the finest of houses.

He was rejected by men that I might be admired among men.

He lived in poverty that I might live in luxury.

He endured suffering that I might enjoy ease.

Jesus taught just the opposite: "If any man would come after me, let him take up his cross daily and follow me."

If we suffer with him, we shall be glorified with him (Romans 8:17).

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21).

-- John Piper

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