It reminds me of those many times when I was in high school and the coach of our team would draw up a play at a timeout, only for us to mess it up and fail to follow the instructions! The coach would literally draw us a picture, and then, we would forget it! It was as if we would go back to our old habits!
Let me ask you: Have you ever been in a situation where you just don’t get something, or you have a difficult time understanding? And someone will say to you, “Do you need me to draw a diagram for you?” And you feel so big!
To bring the point closer to home, “How many diagrams does it take for Christians to understand that Jesus was crucified like a common criminal, and that he died such a death to liberate us from sin and evil? How many pictures does it take for us to understand what Jesus did on the cross to forgive us and reconcile us to God and one another?”
Maybe this is why Martin Luther, the German Protestant Reformer, had the artist Mathias Grunewald paint the picture of Christ crucified, with Luther pointing to it, reminding the church of the gospel.
Maybe the church always stands in the need of such a reminder, a reminder that Paul had been saying all along: that “We preach Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:23).
How big does the diagram of Jesus crucified have to be? How may we think about the promises of God in ways that do not reduce the bigness of Christ's love?
Pastor Andy Kinsey