I am crucified with Christ
I mentioned crucified with Christ a few days ago. Here's the rest of the story.
God originally made us in His image and likeness. After Adam fell, all of
his children were born in Adam's fallen image and likeness. Our fallen image
cannot be repaired. Or maybe it is better to say that God has chosen not to
repair us. God's plan for us is crucifixion - and resurrection. Only after
our fallen self is crucified, can Christ be resurrected in our heart. This
is what it means 'Christ-in-you'.
For some people, this passage seems to be
effortless. They willingly go to the cross, suffer their 'death' with grace
in silence, and re-emerge full of God's Light.. For other people the transition
is more dramatic. John of the Cross
outlined this passage in his book
'Dark Night of the Soul'.
He divides our crucifixion into two stages.
In the dark night of the soul, our attachments to the world are crucified.
These are the things in the world that you love more than God, the things
you take pride in, the things of the world that you use to establish your
identity. This may include your job, your bank account, your possessions,
your leadership position, your wonderful sports performance - anything you
use to exalt yourself or to lord over other people. Crucified is not fun.
You see it when preachers fall in disgrace. You see it in the story of King
David, when his son Absalom usurped the throne. You see it in the story of
Job, when all his earthly possessions were destroyed. It is usually a time
of loss and depression and alienation. Our friends turn away and abandon us.
God crucifies our pride and teaches us humility.
The dark night of the spirit is when our spiritual attachments are crucified.
These are the spiritual props we use to establish our place and to exalt ourselves
over others. Pride is the main issue, but it may include our dependence on
spirits other than God Himself (read angels or saints). If the dark night
of the soul is painful, the dark night of the spirit can be terrifying.
It appears as if God has abandoned us forever in great darkness and no longer
hears our prayers.. This is why, when Jesus suffered for us, he sweated great
drops of blood the night before he was crucified; He knew what was coming.
This is not fun. God teaches us spiritual humility.
The good news is that after these experiences, we re-emerge as God originally
created us - in His image and likeness; full of His Love, Joy, and Peace.
Exalting only Him. Forever. Continually. All the time.
Find a quiet place. Open your heart and your spirit to the Lord. Offer yourself
to Him. Abandon everything you are to Him. Tell him the only thing you desire
is Him. Wait for His answer.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..
Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in
his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:
Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram;
and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.