Maria Skobtsova began her early life as an atheist then a catholic and then by a fresh look at the humanity of Christ became a Christian. Her and her father helped many Jews escape the Nazi occupation. On Easter Sunday 1945 at the Ravensbruck concentration camp she took the place of a Jewish woman who was going to the gas chamber only one day before the Red Cross liberated the camp. She spoke these words as she went, “Lord, I am your messenger. Throw me like a blazing torch into the night.” Maria looked like Jesus.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28 v 19)
Christ came to die. In His death we see the glory of God.
It is what happened to the apostles.
The church wants to live, God wants the church to die. To die is to look like Jesus.
Richard Wurmbrand: 14 years in a communist Romanian prison “A man really believes not what he recites in a creed, but only the things he is ready to die for.” Richard looked like Jesus.
Come to Jesus and he will fix all your problems is lightweight.
We follow a cause, a purpose which needs devotion, focused and disciplined Christians.
Those baptised into the Son understand this.
They have surrendered. They have died so they no longer live but Christ lives in them. They look like Jesus.