Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Attractional Horror of the Cross

The curious paradox of the atoning death of a bloody Jesus rising above the plane of human history with a mocking crown of thorns is that he is offensive in an attractive way.

It is the utter horror of the cross that cuts through the chatter, noise, and nonsense of our day to rivet our attention, shut our mouths, and compel us to listen to an impassioned dying man who is crying out for the forgiveness of our sins and to ask why he suffered.

Tragically, if we lose the offense of the cross, we also lose the attraction of the cross so that no one is compelled to look at Jesus. Therefore, Jesus does not need a marketing firm or a makeover as much as a prophet to preach the horror of the cross unashamedly.

—- Mark Driscoll, Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches

(HT: Of First Importance)

Christ crucified gets my attention. It's when he bids me join him on the cross that I am tempted to walk away.

2 comments:

Brandon said...

Christ crucified gets my attention. It's when he bids me join him on the cross that I am tempted to walk away.

This is the best thing I've read all day.

Jason said...

Interesting post :) Christ crucified certainly gets my attention.. but Christ resurrected gets so much more! Thank God so much more happened on the cross than just forgiveness of sin. He gave me a place in a Kingdom where I have unlimited grace, authority, and joy as a Son. Its hard to walk away from that !