Victory Over Sin

Here is another favorite Holy Week thought from author Philip Yancey in his book “The Jesus I Never Knew.”

“The balance of power shifted more than slightly that day on Calvary because of who it was that absorbed the evil. If Jesus of Nazareth had been one more innocent victim, like Martin Luther King, Mandela, Vaclav Havel, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, He would have made His mark in history and faded from the scene. No religion would have sprung up around Him. What changed history was the disciples’ dawning awareness (it took the Resurrection to convince them) that God Himself had chosen the way of weakness. The cross redefines God as One who was willing to relinquish power for the sake of love. . . Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it. In a point of convergence on a hill called Calvary, God renounced the one for the sake of the other.”

I am deeply grateful that God relinquished power for the sake of love in order that I might have life!

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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