On this weekend when we celebrate the cross of Jesus Christ and all that it entails, I would like to share some words from one of my favorite theologians, Dr. John Stott. Stott writes, “Even the excruciating pain could not silence his repeated entreaties: ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ The soldiers gambled for his clothes. Some women stood afar off. The crowd remained a while to watch. Jesus commended his mother to John’s care and John to hers. He spoke words of kingly assurance to the penitent criminal crucified at his side. Meanwhile, the rulers sneered at him, shouting: ‘He saved others, but he can’t save himself!’ Their words, spoken as an insult, were the literal truth. He could not save himself and others simultaneously. He chose to sacrifice himself in order to save the world.” What a beautiful reminder that is for us to not only remember this weekend, but every day. Friends, Jesus came that we might have life, and have it abundantly.
Jesus and the Cross
April 15, 2022