Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 03/28/2024

Tomorrow is “Good Friday” – the moniker attached to the day doesn’t seem to fit the heinous, torturous death by crucifixion that Jesus’ suffered on behalf of mankind. The result of Jesus’ sacrifice is what fits with the naming of the day “Good;” victory over sin is available for anyone who makes a conscious decision to accept salvation in Christ Jesus. Today the cross has become an emblem of one’s faith in Jesus. Jewelry, clothing and tattoos serve as an outward sign indicating that one has committed their life to Christ. The cross is connected to places of worship and are positioned in prominent sight within church buildings. In the first century the cross was not adorned as fashionable or as an indicator of one’s faith; it was viewed as a reminder of the despicable practice of humiliation and torture connected to crucifixion. Please do not misunderstand my comments, it is not to degrade anyone for displaying the cross as an emblem of their faith, I just want to contrast the modern-day view from the people who viewed crucifixion first hand.

The original followers of Jesus were traumatized by the crucifixion of their leader, their Master. “Now What?” must have been the thought running through their minds. The public display of Jesus’ death served as a very powerful message of what could happen to those who attempted to challenge the established religious philosophy of the day. Scripture indicates that following Jesus’ death His early followers met behind locked doors – why? – because of the fear that they could be the next ones to die by association with Jesus the Christ.

The cross has become an emblem of the Christian faith. The willing sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary serves as a reminder of the price Jesus paid for your sin and mine. It was our sins and the sins of all mankind that placed Him on the cross to pay the debt we could not pay ourselves. The wrath of God against the sin of mankind was released on Jesus that day, resulting in the possibility for right standing with God to be received by mankind.

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may your gratitude to Jesus overwhelm you. May you consider the great sacrifice of Jesus, the Son of God. The provision provided extends beyond our ability to comprehend, but our thanksgiving should never end; may it not stop at Easter but remain etched in our hearts & minds always.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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