You Follow Me!
“Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!””
(John 21:20–22 ESV)
When I got the news about my heart condition Peter and I become brothers in distress.
It wasn’t like I didn’t have way too much on my plate already…the stress I was already under probably contributed to my new issue.
I lost it for a bit…what about them?
“Them” being all those I know of and occasionally write about who spit in God’s face and prosper as if He enjoys it.
Lord, even the crumbs off their tables would be more than I have.
I didn’t have the energy to get angry… just depressed.
It was a momentary, emotional, descent into bad theology.
That being the theology of glory that says if you do things “right” things will be good for you in this life.
It assumes that one does more “right” than another and deserves a special dispensation from God for behavior.
It promises the joys of the eschaton before it fully arrives.
It’s a lie.
The theology of the cross is true, biblical, theology.
It tells us that we all are sinners by birth and by choice and we all are saved by grace through faith.
It promises trials and persecutions until He comes.
God keeps His promises.
It commands us to embrace these truths, to live faithfully in that reality.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
(Matthew 16:24 ESV)
I don’t want to.
Crosses mean pain and then a long, hard, walk to the places you die.
The “victorious” Christian life is when you persevere to the end.
If you remember Gethsemane, Jesus tried to find a loophole too.
He didn’t find one.
Neither have I.
There’s life after death.
Thy will be done, Lord…
Make your own application…