Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

Sat19Apr

THE CROSS: SHAME

‘… like a lamb to the slaughter…’ Isaiah 53:7 NIV

Did you hear about the guy who had to get up and dance in his job interview? It’s not the start of a joke, it’s a true story. Last year, a UK electronics store made applicants dance for each other as part of their interviews for sales jobs. ‘I just felt so embarrassed and uncomfortable,’ said Alan, one of the job hopefuls. ‘I ended up dancing to Around the World by Daft Punk, doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers.’ Ouch. Poor Alan experienced the way shame makes us feel: alone, exposed, powerless. He said he felt like a fool and wished the ground would swallow him up. Who would willingly choose to feel shame in that way? Who, if they had the power, wouldn’t say ‘STOP! ENOUGH!’? Jesus, that’s who. Isaiah writes, ‘He was “led like a lamb to the slaughter, and … he did not open his mouth.”’ On the cross, in the face of all that shame, of brutal torture and gut-wrenching anguish, Jesus could have defended himself. He could have appealed to legions of angels to rescue him. All it would have taken was a word. But He chose not to. He chose powerlessness to fulfil the perfect plans of his Father. He did it for you. What now? Thank Jesus for his willingness to become powerless so that we could know freedom. Meditate on what his example could mean for you. (source: BBC News)

 Jer 31-32, Mark 3:7-19, Ps 103:13-22, Pr 10:14