I’ve blogged before about how to properly understand the purpose and mission of Jesus (and how it pertains to us as leaders) and I had a conversation yesterday about something similar. The main thrust of the question focused around Mark 2 where Jesus heals a paralyzed man. The thought was, that if Jesus could openly forgive peoples sins (like he does in Mark 2, see also Luke 19) why would he need to die?
Here are three thoughts:
In Jesus we find the complete and ultimate forgiveness of sins but we must not be deceived: it costs something. Jesus wrote to warn us of this (Luke 14) as did Paul, Peter, and James. The road to discipleship in the missional frontier will require us to realize that high cost, receive it graciously and live accordingly. Grace, forgiveness and reconciliation (as Dietrich Bonhoeffer puts it) is never cheap, yet the outcome of a life shaped and transformed by Jesus is worth the cost.
What do you think? How has this challenged or encouraged you? When was one time you realized the cost of following Jesus but knew that it was the right thing to do? Please Enter the Discussion below.