Preach A Bleeding Christ

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It’s not enough to preach God, or even Christ. We must preach a bleeding Christ.

“Christ did not redeem and save poor souls by sitting in majesty on his heavenly throne, but by hanging on the shameful cross, under the tormenting hand of man’s fury and God’s just wrath. And therefore, the poor soul that would have pardon of sin, is directed to place its faith not only on Christ, but on a bleeding Christ, whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood” (Romans 3:25). — William Gurnall

Christ is more than a teacher or an example of unselfishness to imitate. He is the sacrifice God provided to take away the sins of the world. He poured out his life blood to atone for our rebellion, and it is only Christ’s blood that can wash away sins and cleanse the guilty conscience.  Preach Christ crucified.

Preach a bleeding Christ.

photo by jurek d.

  • http://facesoflions.wordpress.com Dave Wilson

    Terrific post.

    By the by, congrats on your appearance on the attached list of top christian blogs:
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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

      Thanks Dave!

      I've never seen that list before. I'd bet Stephen has – he's much more techno-savvy than I am. Amazing…God is really kind.

  • Stephanie

    This is a good post, Mark, and a good reminder of what's so very important. For me, I often don't start with this if I mention it at all the first time that I'm sharing with someone. It's a little more difficult because the general population around here does not believe that Christ died, or that God would put him to such shame. Bringing shame or being shamed is a big cultural no-no, so we start through other avenues. Lately, we've talked about emphasizing the fact of Christ's conquering of sin, Satan, and evil, because people like the "mighty" Jesus. Thoughts? Suggestions?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mvaltrogge MarkAltrogge

    Hi Stephanie,

    Great to hear from you! Wow, what a challenge you face. I'm not sure how I'd go about it – maybe start with the "mighty" Jesus, tell how he conquered Satan, but then try to move toward the cross. Possibly say something like, "I never knew this, but Jesus conquered sin in a way that totally shocked me. I never would have imagined it. Can I tell you about it?" Obviously, you know the culture. When Paul went to Athens, he started with where they were "I can see you are very religious…" then talked about the "unknown God" and began with God as Creator before he moved on to Jesus and his work. So he didn't start with the blood first thing, but moved in that direction.

  • http://www.twitter.com/joshbrown007 Josh

    Hey Mark,

    I really appreciate this blog and yours and Stephen's posts, I use it very often to direct my devotions and to look at God's word in a different perspective than my own. Much appreciative, and keep it up.

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hey Josh,

      Hope you’re doing well!

      Thanks! I’m grateful the Lord would encourage you through some of the posts.