OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
I actually am persuaded the God, the Son, bore upon Himself the humiliation of such things as farting in public and bad hair days and scourging and crucifixion in abandonment and ridicule and rose victorious, in a victory we are called to share (through a sacrifice we are called to share, as you describe so vividly).
But recently, in this topic, I discussed the insignificance of the Davidic dynasty and the Aaronic temple cult. They served a purpose of meeting man’s needs, toward which God will often yield, as he yielded on divorce (Christ’s commentary on the same the means by which we are told that God accomodates man’s shortcomings (hamartyria?), for the sake of social justice and harm reduction. God would distribute clean needles to addicts.
Clinging to such things when their time has passed is corruptive. I wonder now, saying this — to what extent Jesus’ association with dynasty and blood sacrifice was trying to contextualize by anachronism — anachronism for the epistle to the Hebrews, and of Barnabus. More anachronism in a time when Santera is maybe the only sacrificial cult remaining, until the Red Heiffer gets the knife.
Take up your cross can be translated “pull up stakes” like breaking camp. Yes, Jesus spoke of forsaking social privilege (and the blessedness of those unencumbered by the same) to do things without consideration for rewards given by men or empire. And he saw the fury of well kissed asses toward those who don’t grovel. And we, with Him, ought come to know such fury. And to never know grovelling.
Addressing Andrew’s appeal to the “wrath of God” — perhaps that wrath is reserved, as for those duped by false prophets in the time of Jeremiah, by those who say we can keep what we got by grovelling at the right feet. Sometimes, you just gotta give up the incidental to keep the sacred. God’s wrath is against the incidental. He’ll always preserve the essential. It’s not against us, so much as against that which distracts us, and keeps our tent stakes stuck in the ground.
A puff away from 3 packs a day