The focus of the journey is the cross

Ps 22, 141, 143
Exodus 9:13-35
2 Cor. 4:1-12
Mark 10:32-45

One of the feature’s of Paul’s writings that captivates my thinking the most is his focus on the cross. 

In 1 Cor. 2:2 he declares that is how he wants to be known: through Christ and him crucified. Paul would give a thorough teaching on the power of the resurrection later on in the same letter. He would declare that without the resurrection we, as believers, would be incredibly miserable.

But when it came to his own identity, Paul more often wanted to be known by the work of the cross than the fact of the resurrection.

We are about to enter into Holy Week. We need to keep the main thing the main thing. The reading from Mark today is a lesson in distraction. Jesus is telling the disciples yet again what is about to happen and they yet again allow distraction in their lives.

It can happen to us. We don’t want to linger at the cross too long! Even though many more Pentecostal churches have Good Friday services than used to, we still don’t do a good job of focusing in on what Christ is telling us.

Let the cross have its work! It’s incredibly distracting to have a “Good Friday” service and yet sing songs about the resurrection!

This next week, take an intentional journey to the cross. Linger there on Friday. Let it absorb your thinking on Saturday. Then… resurrection will have its powerful work.

You can’t really understand resurrection until you’ve stood at the grave.


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