Typical studies on the cross focus on what Jesus was doing for us. There are basic, long-established answers that say Jesus was…
- Taking our place (Substitution).
- Reuniting us with God and His Creation.(Reconciliation).
- Defeating sin, death and the evil one (Christus Victor).
- Purchasing us out of slavery to sin (Redemption).
- Yielding to the will of the Father (Submission).
While affirming these magnificent tenants of the Christian faith, I take them a step further: The cross is a way of life. When Jesus died, he was showing us a new way to live. The Apostle Peter wrote, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2.21) Living Sacrifice is about following in the steps of the example that Jesus left us in his suffering.
Living Sacrifice reveals that the cross is an invitation to an unusual kind of life. The English word “excruciating” comes from the Latin “excruciare” meaning “out of the cross.” It was a word invented specifically to describe crucifixion. Living Sacrifice explores the excruciating life; that is, a life lived “out of the cross.” Ultimately we’ll discover that the cross is a culture for the people of God, a set of behaviors, patterns and values for us to practice.
While rich in theology this book is devotional in nature. It is meant to draw us close to Jesus so that we may survey His wondrous cross.
Release date: Lent 2015