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  1. When Mark Finley says that we see Christ and God’s love most clearly at the Cross, I think of these two writers. I love it that God doesn’t deny the reality of suffering or tell us to get used to a beauty in death…but instead walked through death and suffering before us , and now with us, and promises to eradicate these effects of sin someday.

    John Stott in his book called “The Cross of Christ” says,

    I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross… In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?

    I have entered many Buddhist temples… and stood respectfully before the statue of the Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away.

    And in my imagination I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in Godforsaken darkness. That is the God for me!

    Edward Shillito is a poet who lived during WWI and he wrote of suffering in a poem called, “Jesus of the Scars”. Here are a few (paraphrased) lines, speaking of world religions …

    The other gods were strong; but you were weak;
    They rode, but you stumbled to a throne;
    But to our wounds only can God’s wounds speak,
    And not a god has wounds, but you alone.


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