Monday, 10 February 2014

Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified (1 Corinthians 2.2): Bits from a Short Homily on The Same



Jesus Christ, and him crucified (1 Cor 2.2), is our beginning middle and ending this morning.

Would you like healing to spring up for you speedily? Would you like the glory of The LORD to be your rearguard? (Isa 58.8) Follow Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 

Would you like The LORD to answer “Here I am!” when you call? (Isa 58.9) Enjoy Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 

Would you like The LORD to guide you continually, satisfy your needs in scorched places, make your bones strong so you are like a watered garden? (Isa 58.11) Worship Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 

Do you want to light up any room you’re in, and every one in it? (Mt 5.14-16) Serve Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 

Do you want to be in the know with the secret and hidden wisdom which God himself decreed before the ages for our glory? (1 Cor 2.7) Learn more of Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 

Do you want to stay salty (Mt 5.13), bringing out all the wonderful zest and flavours of life, perfectly tasty with all the goodness of God, so that everyone who encounters you will taste and see how good God is? Be fully “pickled” (baptidzo) in Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 

If there is to be any loosing of the bonds of injustice, setting the oppressed free (Isa 58.6), feeding of the homeless poor, covering over of the naked, being truly available to our own families (Isa 58.70, and pouring ourselves out for the hungry (Isa 58.10) it will be in, and out of, our deciding to know nothing but Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 

Praised be Jesus Christ!