In preparation for Easter this year the Lord is drawing me to Him. This season He is teaching me more on His Sovereignity. A word we throw out in Christiandom, but to get our heads around the concept of sovereignty is another story. The beginning of preparing my heart for the victory of the RESURRECTION I am reading through Bread and Wine by varies authors. Since God is teaching through different authors I will be sharing through their words on different writings that have penetrated my heart and spirit..
Discipleship and the Cross - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
But there is yet another suffering and yet another disgrace that no Christian escapes. Only Christ's own suffering is the suffering of reconciliations. Yet because Christ did suffer for the sake of the world's sins, because the entire burden of sin fell upon him, and because Jesus Christ bequeaths to the disciplines the fruit of his suffering - because of all this, temptation and sin also fall upon the disciples. It covers them with pure shame, and expels them from the gates of the city like the scapegoat. Thus does the Christian come to bear sin and guilt for others.
Individual Christians would collapse under the weight of this, were they not themselves borne by him who bore all sins. In this way, however, they can, in the power of Christ's own suffering, overcome all the sins that fall upon them by forgiving them. Thus do Christians become the bearers of burdens: "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" Gal. 6:2 Just as Christ bears our burdens, so also are we to bear the burdens of our brothers and sisters. They law of Christ which must be fulfilled is the bearing of the cross. The burden of my brother or sister that I am to bear is not only that person's external fate, that person's character and personality, but is in a very real sense that person's sin. I cannot bear it except by forgiving it, in the power of the cross of Christ, in which I, too, have a portion.
Those who are not prepared to take up the cross, those who are not prepared to give their life to suffering and rejection of others, lose community with Christ, and are not disciples. Discipleship is community to the suffering Christ.
Praise God for the Cross!!