Text: John 12:20-33
To ponder the mystery of the Cross
To hold fast to God’s forgiveness
To lift up Christ in your own life
TODAY IS HOLY CROSS DAY, and while the devotion is short, the topic is very important, for the Cross of Jesus Christ is at the very heart of Lutheran theology.
A Swedish Lutheran scholar of some one hundred years ago wrote that other Christian communities may have several points of importance and so may, even if one or more of those points fall away, still be able to produce “serviceable Christians.” By contrast, there is only one central point in Lutheranism: the forgiveness of sins. Lutheran theology, full of sloganeering such as the phrase “justification by faith through grace,” finally rests on one fact: that the man Jesus was lifted up and in his death God was reconciling all creation to himself. In him is found forgiveness; all other things are secondary. He finishes by anticipating Bonhoeffer’s “cheap grace” by writing: “there is nothing worse than slack Lutheranism, which holds that God lets us off easy, on the cheap. But to go down into that deep shadow, to see the extraordinary cost to God, drives all to their knees.”
To be called to life with Jesus Christ is to return again and again to the truth that I, you, we have been freely forgiven, provided a new start, for no other reason than God loves us.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks