Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Vivid Illustration of Gospel-Driven Living

Two minutes well worth your time.

Via my friend Ray Ortlund


Steve Baker said...

Awesome! That was taken from Paris Reidhead's famous sermon "Ten Sheckels and A Shirt." It's one of the greatest sermons I've ever heard.

Thanks for sharing this clip!

Philip said...

That was awesome.

Quick question: What does that last sentence mean? "That the lamb that was slain would receive his Reward for His suffering?"

I guess I'm a little slow. What's the reward? Souls won to Christ?

Jared said...

Philip, yes, I think that is it, essentially. I take it to mean that Christ's suffering may achieve its purpose: reconciliation of the fallen to God.

Anonymous said...

I think this could be run up everyone's flag pole... especially those sequestered in their comfort-zone cocoons, raking in millions and living La Vida Loca as so-called shepherds and pastors and spiritual leaders.

Not to totally separate them from their congregations or followers, but more to really illuminate what their calling, as men of God, was meant to be from the beginning.

I see a lot of "men of popularity and self-praise"...

It's all a little too much smoke & mirrors and "look what we've done" for my taste. I just don't see a lot of what I would call authenticity in the church-at-large leadership.

I, of course, need to continue to examine my own life and purpose. This particular post really hits me between the eyes. I am in awe of how Christ could inspire two people to really "lay down their lives" and die to themselves.

What's it gonna take for the Big Dogs in Christianity to really tell it like it's supposed to be?

God bless us all and help us really grasp that last sentence... it definitely tells it like it's supposed to be... : - )


steve said...

We hear countless accounts of people laying down their lives in more short term situations - taking a bullet for someone, jumping on a grenade to save comrades, and so forth, and these are certainly selfless acts and should not go unnoticed.

What amazes me about these men is the fact that they knew this was no short term sacrifice. This was going to be a lifetime of hard work, extremely poor living conditions, disease and quite possibly beatings, yet they chose to give up all the comforts of civilization and familial relationships to share their Christ to people who would never hear of Him otherwise - a people who would live their whole earthly lives in total bondage, only to suffer even more in eternity.

That's love.