1Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
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“After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” John 2:22
Laying Down the Law
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Sometimes the last thing any of us need in our complicated lives is another change or adjustment. Most of us, given the choice, would opt for the settled and familiar. Even positive change can be difficult as we let go of what was to make room for what will be.
There is no denying that the church has been resistant to some of the big changes in the world throughout history. Which makes the embrace of the symbol of the cross such an astounding development in the early church. As Paul writes to the first century church in 1Corinthians he admits that the cross is foolishness to unbelievers. After all, the cross was still being used as an instrument of public shame and execution. But to those who are being saved, Paul writes, the cross is the power of God.
In our baptism we have been “sealed with the promised Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ, forever.” This Sunday at Prince of Peace, a little boy being baptized declared “yay!” at the very moment those words were spoken to him. He was clearly too young to understand what had just happened, but his response was perfect. The cross changes everything!
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Does the cross appear anywhere in your home? If so, where is it and why is it there?
2. How many crosses are there in your church, including inside and outside of the building? Try to guess and then see how you did. Go on a little scavenger hunt around your church and count every cross you can find. Remember, sometimes crosses may be hidden in a painting on a wall or woven into fabric.
3. What does the cross mean to you?
This week I encourage you to start your day by making the sign of the cross and reminding yourself that you are baptized. (If you have not been baptized, you gotta get in on this, give us a call!) I mean before your feet hit the floor, simply make the sign of the cross to begin your day. And if the mood strikes you, go ahead and yell, yay! Little Jarrett did that yesterday and his joy touched everyone in the worship center.