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April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

The Cross: Shame
' a lamb to the slaughter...' Isaiah 53:7 NIV


Did you hear about the guy who had to get up and dance in his job interview? It’s not the start of a joke, it’s a true story. Last year, an electronics store actually made applicants dance for each other as part of their interviews for sales jobs. ‘I just felt so embarrassed and uncomfortable,’ said Alan, one of the job hopefuls. ‘I ended up dancing and doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers.’ Ouch.
Poor Alan experienced the way shame makes us feel: alone, exposed, powerless. He said he felt like a fool and wished the ground would swallow him up. Who would willingly choose to feel shame in that way? Who, if they had the power, wouldn’t say ‘Stop! Enough!’?
Jesus, that’s who. Isaiah writes, ‘He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and…he did not open his mouth.’ On the cross, in the face of all that shame, of brutal torture and gut–wrenching anguish, Jesus could have defended Himself. He could have appealed to legions of angels to rescue Him. All it would have taken was a word. But He chose not to. He instead chose to empty Himself of His power (Philippians 2:7-8) to fulfil the perfect plans of His Father. He did it for you.
So, take some time now to thank Jesus for His willingness to humble himself so that we could know freedom. What does His example mean for you in your life?

SoulFood: Acts 8-9, Mt 27:57-66, Ps 130, Prov 10:24-26

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd

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