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Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2010 07:47:06 -0200
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Straight to the Cross

The editor of the Forthright/BrotherhoodNews group
says thanks, foresees a year of progress.
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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

Jesus Grew
  By J. Randal Matheny

   Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in
   favor with God and with all the people.
                                Luke 2:52 NLT

The cross of Christ had significance because the man
who hung on it was different from the others. The
Romans crucified three men that day. Hardened soldiers
crucified thousands of people. But only one man's
suffering brought redemption.

Jesus' life and death are bound together. Any attempt
to diminish his divinity and undermine his uniqueness
inevitably removes redemption from the equation of the
cross. Some attempt to exalt the nobility of the way
Jesus died, but nobility still does not take us into
the presence of God.

Only the boy who was in his Father's house, about his
Father's business, who grew in all ways as the perfect
specimen of humanity, only the man who was God in the
flesh, could effect the reconciliation between heaven
and earth.

The perfect man, that ideal life, was sacrificed in
order that the Spirit of God might dwell in our hearts
and make us like him.

Without diminishing our need for diligence, zeal and
the sweat of our brow, in order to grow in the grace of
God, as we polish off our plans and resolutions, we
must remember that the crucifixion of Christ remains
our power for transformation, our energy for ministry,
our means to growth and success.

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