What is shameful about Christ?

If Christ were here today, would He hide himself because false Christs have wrecked havoc and so the world despises Christ? If multitudes followed Him in the past, would they not follow him today despite how disreputable he has been made to appear?

I am tempted to be ashamed of Christ under the guise of “don’t talk about it, be about it.” I realize that calling oneself a Christ-follower is almost synonymous with hypocrisy because we are so far from Christlikeness that there seems to be no point mentioning the name.

But if we exclude the name from our affairs, have we not excluded the supernatural from our affairs, are we not excluding God? We could not possibly have experiential knowledge of the power in the gospel and not talk about it. 

It would be impossible to understand how he came about his name and not want to shout it on the rooftops. If we believed he procured the name with His own blood shed for us, we would not hesitate to be identified with him whether or not we feel we measure up. 

The challenges of our day require no less than Christ.

If I truly believed He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, would I struggle with presenting and representing Him?

If I do not struggle with proclaiming my identity as a Great Ife or McGill grad, why should I struggle with proclaiming my identity as Christ-redeemed, Christ-following, Christ-dependent? Why should I hide Him? What is shameful about Him?

8 thoughts on “What is shameful about Christ?

  1. Doth that man love his Lord who would be willing to see Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, while for himself he craves a chaplet of laurel? Shall Jesus ascend to his throne by the cross, and do we expect to be carried there on the shoulders of applauding crowds? Be not so vain in your imagination. Count you the cost, and if you are not willing to bear Christ’s cross, go away to your farm and to your merchandise, and make the most of them; only let me whisper this in your ear, “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON

  2. There is power in the name of Jesus. Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Just as Peter denying Christ thrice, then proclaiming this under the power of the Holy Spirit, as Christians we should let go of the times we failed, and learn to love and forgive ourselves and others just as Jesus does.
    To answer your question, there is nothing to be shameful about Christ. “don’t talk about it, be about it.” I love this phrase, it denotes “Faith without works is dead.” Let’s talk but more actions., let people say we are Christs’ followers by our deeds, or let them ask why is it we do what we do.

    • Interestingly, what made the world perceive that the disciples had been with Christ was their bold speaking.

      I think speaking is so central to our being as believers that we cannot even begin to act without it. Perhaps our problem is that our words are not nearly as potent as Christ’s?

      The scriptures say ” the things which Jesus began to do and to teach.” He did nothing without speaking.

      What I am saying in this post and the previous is that we must speak but like Christ, our words need to be power-backed.

  3. Wow…that quote from Spurgeon hit the nail on the head for me. Hebrews 12:2 – We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Our eternal Champion disregarded the shame of the cross because of the joy that awaited Him. It sounds ludicrous to call myself a His follower and not be prepared to disregard the much more tolerable shame I would have to face in carrying my own cross and following Him.

    • What is shameful about Christ when He already bore the shame? What is shameful about the power of God unto salvation? What is shameful about being a new creature? What is shameful about being God’s very own children? What is there not to celebrate about being seated with Christ in heavenly places?

      I think Christ is to be celebrated. We ought to be proud of belonging to Christ, not ashamed of it otherwise we have no clue what it means to be in Christ.

      If we inherited a billion dollars we would probably not be ashamed of being associated and identified with our benefactor. Why should I even contemplate shame when I have become a joint heir with Christ? Selah.

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