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The paradoxical application of the principle of crucifixion and resurrection

One of the most profound principles of Christian experience is the principle of subjective crucifixion and resurrection. Historically,  the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross so He may judicially redeem us and save us from our sins, and He also resurrected both bodily and spiritually so He may dispense His life and nature into us. I believe the Lord used His all-inclusive death and resurrection to show us that when one is willing to let his soul life to die for others, life and grace will issue and reach out to others, and the soul-life-denying person would somehow miraculously end up fine and unharmed. The soul death is real, that means, the suffering and the pain are real. The life flowing is real, and the subjective resurrection is also real, that means, the joy, healing, and transformation are real.

We often view many problems and conflict beyond saving or hopeless. But one of the greatest secret in this world is that the principle of crucifixion and resurrection out of love and righteousness is the shortest and most elegant solution to all the toughest situation and unsolvable conflicts. This is because people don’t understand the meaning of denying the soul life, not knowing how to be vulnerable, humble, and empathetic. The moment a person is willing to let his or her soul life to die, the problem is solved already. Although the crucified one seems to be sacrificial and suffering loss, but the resurrection will happen on both sides. The crucified one will turn out fine, and the redeeming one will confess and be softened, turning the situation around.

Simply put, we need to learn to crucify ourselves so as to flow and dispense life into others. The sooner we die, the sooner the problem and conflict is resolved. The moment we die, the moment life and grace is multiplied, and the transformation and resurrection will happen on others. The principle can solve the unsolvable, change the unchangeable, pacify the reckless, heal the sick, and convert the hardest heart. The topic contains the word “paradoxical’ for good reason, which is that the giving up of one’s soul life may gain another one’s soul life, the giving up the desire to fix  the situation or resolve the conflict may actually fix the situation and resolve the conflict, and the giving up the attempt to change or convert another may actually change or convert the person.

Now the real question is: What may motivate a person to be crucified willingly? Love is always needed. However, there is still a catch: the beneficiary end of the crucifixion need to understand the motive behind the crucifixion and know how to respond to such love. However, one can never really know how they would respond. This was what the Lord Jesus did, He died for each one while we were rejecting and unbelieving sinners. He was willing to die just for few people, and He was willing to take the chance that some people’s will will confess and subject to Him. This part involves human free will, which is even beyond God’s control, but I believe God’s grace and mercy has a lot to do with one’s confession and conversion.

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