January 23, 2023 – This I Believe – The Cross

It’s good to be back with you this morning. Sorry for the lack of posts these last few weeks. First, I had COVID, and was down for several days. Then, I took last week to care for my parents; my mom has been placed on hospice, not as much for the end of life, but more for needing additional care. So, I was down in Bogue Chitto for several days helping and getting some things straight.

I anticipate being back on schedule moving forward. We will continue looking at the Apostles’ Creed today: 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Today we are looking at the passage of the Creed that states that Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” In short today we are looking at the cross.

Why does Pilate get named in this? Only two people get named in the Creed, Mary and Pilate. What gives him that honor? Well Mary is named because of who she is. Pilate is named as a marker, a historic marker. We know when Pilate was in charge. This is a historic fact. We can name and we can prove when this happened and who it happened under. The cross is grounded in history. There is no doubt, even in secular history that this event happened. Pilate grounds the cross in time and place.

On the cross, Jesus atoned for our sins. He made things right between us and God. This is called the atonement. There are a lot of different expressions of what that means, He took our place, He showed the example of how great love is, and He defeated the power of the devil. There is much cosmically that we do not understand about the cross.

We know it was essential to our forgiveness and redemption. We know it was the perfect sacrifice. We know it purchased our freedom and our salvation. We know it forgives our sins.

We know it forgives our sins.

We know it forgives our sins.

You are forgiven today. You are. Through the cross, through the work of Jesus, you are forgiven today. You can have peace with God. You can have peace with yourself. Jesus paid it all.

Jesus paid it all.

That is the cross.

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