CHRIST, THE CRUCIFIED ONE
“…Jesus was willing to become…a worm and no man [Ps 22:6]. And He did so, because that is what He saw us to be, worms having forfeited all rights by our sin, except to deserve hell. And He now calls us to take our rightful place as worms for Him and with Him” Roy Hession (ref#97, p24, brackets mine).
“’Abide in the wounds of Jesus; there is the place of union, and life, and growth. There you shall see how His heart was opened to receive you; how His flesh was rent that the way might be opened for your being made one with Him, and having access to all the blessings flowing from His divine nature.’” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p76).
Thinking of a slip being grafted into a stem helps me see how close we become at the cross: To begin a graft the stem must be cut for room to place the newly cut slip. Both stem and slip are injured.
“In the death of the Cross Christ was wounded, and in His opened wounds a place prepared where we might be grafted in…The wounded stem and the wounded graft are cut to fit into each other, into each other’s likeness. There is a fellowship between Christ’s sufferings and your sufferings” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p76).
JESUS suffered on the Cross; and for me, my self-serving self must die. “…when I follow Jesus…the old self-determining, self-absorbed me must be crucified” John Piper (ref#92, p95). “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection,” (Rom 6:5 NASB).
This is my goal: to be in His likeness in death as well as resurrection. Only then will I be able to walk with Him in “newness of life” (Rom 6:4).