Riddle: I am weak with no power, yet everyday millions listen to me and obey. What am I? [a stop sign].
The shape, color and word “STOP” of a stop sign tell you that you must stop, but the stop sign itself has no power to make you stop, its what the symbol represents that gives it the power…The cross is a symbol... a symbol with multiple meanings. The cross on our wall is wood, made by Andy Anderson out of the posts of an old sign outside…
The Christian cross has always been controversial. In the wreckage of the World Trade Center of 911 a worker found two intersecting beams…. The Ground Zero Cross, as it became known, was erected on a mound of rubble and sprinkled with holy water by a Catholic priest. The cross attracted devout pilgrims and curious tourists without controversy. Only when it was brought into the National Sept. 11 Museum the lawsuits began. It was argued the cross was a slap at the non-Christian victims of 9/11 and had no place in a publicly funded institution. The museum prevailed in court on the grounds its exhibit had already made the transition from religious symbol to historical artifact.
1 Cor. 1:18 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
I graduated from NVHS in ’79. I took every math class Nooksack had to offer and got almost all without doing a day of homework… naturally, my first semester of college, I signed up for pre-calculus. I thought it would be good to include a no-brainer class so I could ease into college life. How hard could a math class be that had the prefix “PRE” in it. From day one I was lost. I was in way over my head. I was lucky to barely not fail the class. That was a wake up call. / a blow to my ego.
Ever get in over your head? Dig yourself into a hole unsure how to get out? a math class is one thing; quite another when it’s relationships, situations that impact others…
We are looking at Jesus’ final week leading to Easter. It’s Thursday, the day before Jesus dies. It’s the night of the last Supper (which is the basis for our once a month communion). Jesus offered a most amazing prayer found in John 17. The disciples and Jesus go to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus suffered knowing what was coming. Jesus is betrayed and arrested. The disciples are lost as their world falls apart. I am limiting the scope of this message to the arrest of Jesus in John 18:1-12.
Carl Crouse, Pastor
At SACC we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Every Sunday the worship service includes a message from the Bible. My words are an attempt to understand and apply the Bible to our daily living. I post weekly sermons and other biblical messages on this page. May you find meaning and hope as you read through each message and seek to hear God's voice. Leave a comment to ask questions or inspire others with your insights.