Remember when James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven and destroy a Samaritan village for not receiving Jesus? That was before the Cross, before the Resurrection, before the Holy Spirit, before the Great Commission. And afterwards?

So after Peter and John had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, proclaiming the good news to many Samaritan villages as they went.
Acts 8:25 NET

It’s said that time puts things into perspective. In the case of the apostles, it is the Cross, the Resurrection, the Spirit, and the Commission that moved them from wanting to see the Samaritans destroyed, Jonah-like, to preaching the message of salvation to their close and bitter enemies.

Should it not be for us as well?

Father, thank you for the perspective of the Cross, that turns us from spite to the Spirit of grace.

Hold this thought: The cross of Christ shines the light of love on all.

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3 thoughts on “The perspective of the Cross

  1. Thanks for the lesson, Randal. Reminds us that the apostles were human like us – reminds us that we need to be humble like them!

  2. Love those thoughts. That would be a great sermon, contrasting perspective of Christians before and after the cross. Lots of applications. Thanks for the nudge.

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