An Active or Passive Life

27 May

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an entry on capstone and cornerstone from Luke 20: 17. Read that post here

Today, let’s look at the next verse, Luke 20:18.  Christ says, “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed    NIV (underlined words emphasized by me).

Jesus Christ is the beginning and end. He is the Lord of lords, King of kings. He is the capstone and the cornerstone.  We got that in the previous blog entry on verse 17. Verse 18 is about our response.

Our response to Christ does not determine if we will encounter him at the end of this world. We will. Our response in this life will only determine the outcome of our encounter with him in the end. The original Greek word used for “falls” is the same original word in both places within verse 18. It can be translated to mean falling from erect to a prostrate position, losing authority.

The active verb occurence “everyone who falls on” that stone shows a decision to act and respond to Christ now. What will happen to those who choose to fall on the stone?  They’ll be broken to pieces. 

I have prayed and prayed about this and trust God has led me to a true conclusion. I considered the word broken. I know I need to be broken of myself to surrender to Christ. I ended up at John 12:24 – 25. Read these verses. Jesus tells us the seed must die to produce. What happens when a seed dies? It’s outer coating breaks (as it takes on water) and that seed matures, producing roots, shoots and eventually fruit. Brokenness leads to fruitfulness, to life.  

The passive verb occurence “on who it falls”  speaks to the decision to be passive to Christ’s authority until it falls on you (when you die). What happens in this passive response? You’ll be crushed.

The original Greek word for crushed is used to describe the winnowing process, cleansing away the chaff from the grain. Read the prophesy of John the Baptist in Luke Ch 3:16 – 17 (also Matt. Ch 3:11 – 12).

Difference between broken to pieces and crushed?  Life and death. Do you have an active response or passive response to the truth of who Christ is.


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