Cross Shopping

 

Background: Jesus tells us in Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” I find it fascinating he says, “his cross.” In other words, “my cross.” Not someone else’s cross, but one personalized with my name written overhead.

    What follows are the details of how Jesus chose the Cross designed just for him.

Story: From the Fall forward, we’ve been thrust into a world of illusion, where empty space predominates (yet we think everything is solid), and where it appears as if we’re living an independent life (but really we’re only following the script written for and by us before time began).

    Jesus rejects all things false, that is, all things associated with this world. Given that “free will” is a hallmark of our fallen world, let’s see how Jesus conducts himself. Is he a robot devoid of personality? Rigid? Mechanical? Just suggesting such terms sadly betrays our distorted view of what’s real regarding the spiritual walk.

    “The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather it is the Father living in me who is doing his work.” (John 14:10) Can you detect any “free will” asserting itself?

    Over 300 prophecies (or advance copies of Jesus’ script leaked to the press) in the Old Testament correlate with the entangled actions of Jesus. When Jesus entangled himself with the Father, they were simply getting on the same page of the script. I’m still looking for the prophecy that speaks of Jesus picking out his Cross in advance. I know it’s there, since we’re told to carry our own Cross.

    On the Sunday before he was crucified, he entered Jerusalem as king, riding on a donkey. This exact day, April 6, 32 AD, was predicted in Daniel 9:24-27. That same day, according to Mark 11, he entered the Temple and “looked around at everything.” One can only imagine what he saw. After all, it was Satan who “...showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor” from a mountaintop. In an instant, Jesus probably saw the unfolding conspiracy, his death, our death, his resurrection, our resurrection, the Temple’s destruction...you get the picture.

    There are two accounts of these three days found in Matthew 21 and Mark 11 that need to be reconciled.

    So after looking around, he went to Bethany, according to Mark.

    The next morning, Monday, Matthew says “he was hungry.” This could very well be when Jesus was most vulnerable to Satan’s attack. Sure enough, he sees a fig tree and approached it “but found nothing on it but leaves.” Mark adds “it was not the season for figs.”

    Bottom line, Jesus was seemingly thrown off-balance for a moment.

    So he cursed the tree. That is, Satan. Didn’t we see Satan hanging around a certain other tree once before?

    Matthew says the tree withered “immediately.” Jesus then goes to the Temple to overturn the tables. Between verse 19 and 20 of Matthew a gap of time is implied. But it’s Mark that notes it wasn’t until the following day, 24 hours later–Tuesday–the disciples noticed the tree was dead. Isn’t that so typical of us, slow on the draw?

    Jesus uses the dead tree as an object lesson about faith and Satan. Speaking to a mountain–maybe the one Satan took him up–Jesus says “Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” Just like the demon-possessed pigs did that ran into the sea?

    Jesus always gets the last laugh when it comes to Satan.

    Wouldn’t it just be like him to have that dead tree the very one he would be hanging from the next day? The fruitless tree Satan hid behind becomes the tree of First Fruits that crushes his head. The tree cursed by Jesus ends up bearing Jesus cursed by our sins.

    Wow is right.

Comments: “...unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24


    The Cross wasn’t thrust upon Jesus. It was chosen by Jesus.

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Bubble Boy:

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Cross Shopping:

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