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Some of my goals in life are to always be happy, always be sure, always be confident and excited about what I need to do next. But, apparently, these were not Jesus’ goals.

In the world of sports, winning a championship can have a delayed impact on a team’s fan’s, especially when the team was not really expected to win: there is a minimum of hype, and then, suddenly, “What? We won?!” For days, there will be unplanned smiles and texts to other sports fans.
 
I wonder if this is what it was like for the earliest followers of Jesus.

With Jesus, “and” is almost better than “or.” He spoke the truth and spoke gently to the guilty. He rebuked the Pharisees and quietly explained things to them.

To be honest, I’ve never really understood most of those “nothing but the Cross” hymns. But I buddy recently shared this thought with me:

Unless we understand our participation in the Cross, we can never share in Jesus’ life.
I’m still chewing on this one, but here are 3 things I think the Jesus’ death means for our lives.