Friday, March 22, 2013

Why Jesus Couldn't (Wouldn't) Save Himself

As Jesus hung suspended on the cross, wicked and self-righteous men (and such were some of us) mocked him to satisfy their pride.  The fact that the mighty Son of God remained in place on that cross with his life ebbing away reveals something amazing:
Suddenly the words of the mockers take on a new weight of meaning.  "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself."  The deeper irony is that, in a way they did not understand, they were speaking the truth.  If he had saved himself, he could not have saved others; the only way he could save others was precisely by not saving himself.  In the irony behind the irony that the mockers intended, they spoke the truth they themselves did not see.  The man who can't save himself - saves othersScandalous - The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, D.A. Carson, emphasis added.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Honest Friendship

We have to give ourselves in honest friendship to people, if ever our relationship with them is to reach the point at which we are justified in choosing to talk to them about Christ and in speaking to them about their own spiritual needs - without being either discourteous or offensive.  If you wish to do personal evangelism, then - and i hope you do, you ought to - pray for the gift of freindship.  A genuine friendliness is in any case a prime mark of the man who is learning to love his neighbor as himself.  ~ J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God