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Destiny & the Cross

How should we understand the necessity (the "must," the dei—Mark 8:31) of Christ's suffering and death? We should begin, I believe, simply by inquiring how we actually know of this necessity. We commence with the fact that this "must" is known to us only through Jesus. Theology has no access to it except through the mind of Christ himself. It was the Savior who discerned the "must" at the heart and center of his vocation in this world. We must start with the mind of Christ.

Sense from Scripture

Let us, then, start. According to the explicit words of our Lord, his sense of the necessity . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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