Friday, April 02, 2010

Passion Week with Pilgrim's Progress: The Cross

Christian has entered through the wicket-gate.  After being shown the narrow way that "is a straight as a rule can make it" and receiving counsel from the Interpreter, Christian struggles onward with all his might. 

Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation. [Isa. 26:1]  Up this way, therefor did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back.

He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending, and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre.  So I saw in my dream, and just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.

Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said, with a merry heart, "He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death."
~The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come 
by John Bunyan

Jesus said...
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life ~John 3:14-15

From the Passion Week...
Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” [...] Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 
~Luke 23:32-34,46-47

1 comment:

Robert W Moore said...

"...he hath given me rest by his sorrow..."

Sometimes we know a truth theologically but fail to enjoy it experientially.

It's a reminder to find our rest in Christ. May our knowledge of God transform our days.