Preach the Gospel
“When we stop and consider Jesus on that Cross, though, we reorient ourselves back to this radical, life-altering call. In thinking about His death, we realize His call to follow Him cannot be easy because following Him leads to death,” writes DeMuth.
“We can’t turn away from His thorn-poked brow, the blood running earthward, hands pegged to a roughhewn beam, His cries of forgiveness even then. It’s there, at the base of the cross that we understand afresh why those crazy apostles suffered much for Jesus, why they counted their lives as nothing in light of sharing the gospel with others.
“The Gospel they shared was simple, but it earthquaked the foundations of people’s lives. It called for allegiance, total adherence, but it promised the Holy Spirit, the One who would empower them to live out that kind of commitment. Unfortunately, the gospel we hear most often in our pulpits or even friend-to-friend, looks nothing like this. It sounds more like platitudes and self-help manuals.”