‘when the danger…is finally past’

“Yet even about this their testimony did not agree.  And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” ~ Mark 14:59-62 (ESV)

In The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey writes, “Many times before, Jesus had turned down the chance to declare himself.  When healed people, disciples, and even demons recognized him as Messiah, he had hushed them up.  In the days of popularity, when crowds cheered him around the lake like fanatics pursuing a celebrity, he had fled.  When these fans caught him, eager to coronate him on the spot, he preached a sermon so troublesome that all but a few turned away…Only on this day…only when his claims would seem the height of absurdity, did he admit to who He was…Weak, rejected, doomed, utterly alone – only then did Jesus think it safe to reveal himself and accept the title “Christ.”  As Karl Barth comments, ‘He does not confess his Messiahship until the moment when the danger of founding a religion is finally past.” (emphasis mine)

He is still the stone builders reject and folly to the world.  He will not come into our lives on our terms.  He will not conform to our designs though he did condescend to our nature.  He will not be a religious teacher.  He is the crucified One – The Lamb of God; the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising its shame and is seated at the right hand of God (Heb 12:2).

So… let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Lift high the cross.  The love of Christ proclaim.  Till all the world adore His sacred name!

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