Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Radical Deathstyle

When Jesus died, his suffering was not so much about pain as about rejection.  He became sin, the outcast, the reject, in order to open a new way of acceptance before God.  The ultimate price in rejection is death.  But every rejection for Jesus’ sake is a small death, a small cross one carries for the place one holds before God.48

It is a death to be whispered about, to have hateful gossip spread about ourselves, but never to defend.

It is a death to be kicked out of one’s living situation for the love one gives to others, but not give in to a hateful action back.

It is a death to be stolen from, but to never sue for the return of one’s goods.

It is a death to be threatened, but to accept it with joy.

It is a death to love those who hate you.

It is a death to be punished by the government for doing good, but never suing back.

It is a death to be declared guilty when you are innocent.

It is a death to repent for one’s small sin, when the large sin of the other remains unrepented of.

It is a death to go to jail for doing good.

It is death to be kicked out of a church because one’s good works has caused “harm” to the church.

It is a death to be misunderstood and so punished for what one did not say.

It is a death to be yelled at by a cop or security guard for caring for the needy.

It is a death to be hated from a distance because of those you love.

This doesn’t happen everyday. It usually isn’t something you can plan.  The key is this: when it happens, accept it.  Don’t lash back.  Don’t express your hated. 

Just stand for love.  Accept the rejection.  And thus allow God to accomplish justice.

48. The fourth law of justice, and the meaning of Jesus’ death is based on Jesus’ own words in Mark 12:1-12.  Ultimately, Jesus died to take over the rule of the kingdom of God.  He was cast outside of the kingdom, and so when the Father raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus was freed to establish a new kingdom of God, free of the corrupt priests, governors and kings.  A kingdom of justice, ruled by the poor may be established.

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