The Bleeding Stinking Mad Shadow of Jesus: Part 4, Sacrifice
I’ve covered the stinking Jesus and the mad Jesus, today the bleeding Jesus.
The point here should be obvious. Following Jesus involves blood, sacrifice. As Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
A bleeding Jesus isn’t a therapeutic Jesus. A bleeding Jesus, as Bonhoeffer pointed out, bids us to come and die. A bleeding Jesus is a costly grace Jesus.
A bleeding Jesus doesn’t fit on a Sunday worship stage with a rocking praise band under those soft lights. Blood is a bit of a mess, and it’s going to stain the carpet.