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Rightly Coming to the Cross May 11, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes.
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Joe,

As I think I mentioned earlier in the week, I have been taking time to read John Stott’s The Cross of Christ, a book that is widely regarded as a contemporary classic on the Cross.

In this quote, Stott is talking about the contemporary trend of minimizing the value of the Cross.  And it starts, he says, with the overall shallowness of the Church:

“Unhappily, even in the Church we seem to have lost the vision of the majesty of God.  There is much shallowness and levity among us.  Prophets and pslamists would probably say of us that ‘there is no fear of God before their eyes.'”

In pressing us to return to an emphasis on the atonement of Christ, Stott does so while offering this warning:

“It must even be said that our evangelical emphasis on the atonement is dangerous if we come to it too quickly.  We learn to appreciate the access to God that Christ has won for us only after we have first seen God’s inaccessibility to sinners.  We can cry ‘Hallelujah’ with authenticity only after we have first cried ‘Woe is me, for I am lost.'”

I especially love that last part; I think Stott is exactly right.  How little real worship there is at the foot of the Cross, how little joy there is among the people of God (and I count myself within the number), stemming from the fact that we have not accurately trembled at our awful standing before a holy God.  Only when we have truly seen the horror of sin and God’s just wrath against us can we truly delight in the Cross of Christ.

As you mentioned to me in a private email this week, I do feel as though after seven years of walking with Christ, I am just beginning to get these things.  May God grant us to sing ‘Hallelujah,’ at the foot of the Cross, having seen the great depths of our woe before the Holy One of Israel,

Larry

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