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Monday, February 10, 2014

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If you were the only person in the world, would Jesus have done the same thing [die on the cross]? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1424).

With those who love Jesus, it is a personal thing – Jesus's death on the cross. Today in church we sang the hymn "What a friend we have in Jesus." With Jesus there is always sufficient intimacy to surpass social correctness. Jesus through the mystery of the gospel is able to connect with each person individually. And the knowledge that someone has died just for me gives my life precious worth no matter what dismissive even abusive value the world may place upon it – Jesus's life and death inscribe forever the sanctity of individual personality. Thus Christ changes the topography of human affairs. His endorsement surpasses in importance all other endorsements and is able to stand regnant even in the face of neglect and abuse and the curse of rejection. To deny Jesus's love and all of its benefits suggests a tragic form of self-debasement.

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