Life by the Cross

In light of world events, and the constant little reminders that this place is miles away from perfection…

Came across this quote today, from famous theologian, pastor and teacher, John Stott, who passed away last week.  I appreciated his clear and simple reminder of the all prevailing necessity of a cross-centered life.  Our personal spiritual lives, grasp of theology, and especially our ability to comprehend the realities of our world, are dead without it.

“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as ‘God on the cross.’ In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many Buddhist temples in different Asian countries and stood respectfully before the statue of the Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away. And in imagination I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in Godforsaken darkness. That is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us. Our sufferings become more manageable in the light of his. There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross that symbolizes divine suffering. ‘The cross of Christ … is God’s only self-justification in such a world” as ours….’ ‘The other gods were strong; but thou wast weak; they rode, but thou didst stumble to a throne; But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak, And not a god has wounds, but thou alone.’” ~John Stott, The Cross of Christ, p. 326-327

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1 Response to “Life by the Cross”


  1. 1 Ardis August 14, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Laura! I didn’t know you had a wordpress! Thank you for sharing this quote 🙂


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