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Time for a Great Quote: William Temple and John Stott on Our Suffering God

The godly Archbishop William Temple once observed that people say there cannot be a God of love: “. . . because if there was, and he looked upon the world, his heart would break.” The church points to the Cross and says, ‘It did break.’”

“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 look away. And in imagination I have turned instead to the 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 God-forsaken 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 stamp another mark, the cross which symbolizes divine suffering.” (John Stott, The Cross of Christ)

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2019 in suffering

 

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Time for a Great Quote: George MacLeod on the Cross

“I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 6.08.07 AMcenter of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write his title in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek . . . at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where he died. And that is what he died about. And that is where churchmen ought to be, and what churchmen should be about.”   (George MacLeod)

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2016 in the cross

 

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