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king’s cross

August 30, 2011

I am currently reading Tim Keller’s King’s Cross. Based on Mark’s Gospel, Keller’s purpose is “to try to show, through (Jesus’) words and actions, how beautifully his life makes sense of ours.” Page by page, Keller leads us through this story providing thoughtful insight while challenging us not only to think differently but also to live differently.

One memorable point is when Keller reflects on Jesus’ saying that he did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom (Mark 10:45). Keller writes, “all life-changing love is substitutionary sacrifice.” I agree. If you’re not sure you do, consider the following example from human love. Have you ever been forgiven by someone? Did their forgiveness change you? Maybe it released you from shame or guilt or simply removed a relational barrier. Forgiveness is a form of love, substitutionary love. When you or I sin against someone, we are in their debt. We took something that didn’t belong to us and when that person forgives, they, instead of us, take the debt. Substitution.

Since God is more loving than any of us, it makes sense that He would offer himself as a sustitutionary sacrifice and that is what Jesus did on the cross thus loving in such a way that really truly changes lives.

This, along with countless other points, makes the King’s Cross worth the read. It is encouraging, challenging, enlightening and, in the end, helps make sense of your life.

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