A Few Words of Beauty

These words are from Beauty Will Save The World: Rediscovering the allure and Mystery of Christianity, Chapter 3 "Axis of Love," by Brian Zahnd. I am loving this book.  "Pilate was right; the cross is truth.  But not the truth of pragmatic violence; rather the cross is the truth of co-suffering love . . . Never again could the principalities and powers that enforce their will by violence claim God's endorsement.  Never again!  They had been exposed, and God had been revealed.  God is beautiful.  God is love.  God is like Jesus.  God has always been like Jesus.  We have not always known this . . . but now we do.  Jesus had said that if he was lifted up in crucifixion, he would draw all people to himself.  The event of the crucifixion gave the world a new ordering axis, a new ultimate truth, a new centering point--and it is love.  The love of God was fully displayed in Christ at the cross when he forgave the world for its sins.  If we want to know what God is like, we now point to Jesus on the cross forgiving a world that has rejected him, and we say, 'There!  That is what God is like!' And having now been vindicated in resurrection, Christ is drawing humanity into a new orbit, an orbit around himself and his redeeming love.  All of this is beautiful.  It is the beauty that saves the world." 

Enough said....