The Path to Resurrection

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Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4-14; John 12:1-8

Our 40 days come to a close with the most difficult part of our Christian heritage: the cross. Like the disciples, we must confront and accept Jesus' only path to resurrection--experiencing, in his full humanity, rejection, death, and suffering from those who refused his message of justice, forgiveness, and a love unrestricted by class, race, religion, or gender.

Paul knew many crosses in his life and endured them all. He had to confront his own sinfulness as a persecutor of Christians. As a Christian, he chose to suffer the same persecution for his new faith: "I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus nay Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ" (Philippians 3:8-9). His life reveals the paradox that most of us live--our failure to truly understand and completely live the gospel, versus our continuous attempts to keep trying anyway.

It is a dilemma faced by Jesus' closest followers. …

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