Preparing for Sunday: Part 1

One of the books on my ‘currently reading’ list is TheRoot of Righteousness by A.W. Tozer. The book is a collection of articles written by Tozer over a period of five years from 1950 -1955. As I read the articles I am amazed at how relevant they are to today’s culture. Over the next few days I am going to post excerpts and thoughts based on these articles. They have really helped me as I think of this coming Sunday’s service and our observance of ‘The Lord’s Supper.”

The Cross Is A Radical Thing

  • The cross of Christ is the most revolutionary thing ever to appear among men.
  • The cross of old Roman times knew no compromise; it never made concessions.
  • The cross won all its arguments by killing its opponent and silencing him for good…with one exception.
  • The cross affects its ends by destroying one established pattern, the victim’s, and creating another pattern, its own.
  • The cross cares not for peace; it cares only to end its opposition as fast as possible.

With perfect knowledge of all this Christ said: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross, and follow me.” So the cross not only brought Christ’s life to an end, it ends also the first life, the old life, of every one of His true followers. Submitting to the power of the cross cuts to the very core of our being.In true submission nothing is left untouched; our personality, reputations and dreams.

The power of the cross was witnessed in the death of Christ and countless others but a greater power, the power of the resurrection was celebrated in the resurrected life of Christ.

This Sunday at Clearview we will take time to remember the cross, have the opportunity to demonstrate our willingness to submit to its power and in that submission find a power that cannot be explained.I am beginning to prepare now for worship this Sunday not as the worship leader but as a worshipper remembering all that I have to be thankful for and searching my life for what must again be submitted to Christ and His cross.