Naysayers at the Cross
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him (Mark 15:29-32).
The two chief priests, Annas and Caiaphas, were at the cross. They wanted to see—with their own eyes—the end of this Galilean troublemaker. Was it perhaps their first time to stand by a Roman cross? Making themselves unclean—possibly being splattered by the criminal’s blood—was anathema to them. Here, this day, they joked among themselves and with the teachers of the law, no doubt laughing aloud at their seeming success. Perhaps patting one another on their backs and congratulating each other on a job well done.
They heard the taunts of common men and picked up their challenge: “Save yourself! You saved others . . . why can’t you do it now?” They thought he could not. That was their first mistake. Their second was about themselves: “If you come down, we will see and believe!” (See Matthew 27:39-43.) Believe? Had they no opportunities to believe? Had they no face-to-face teaching from the master? Had they not seen his power . . . and simply attributed it to the devil? Believe?
Many stand at the cross and take up the taunts of others there. “How silly! How foolish,” they decide. They refuse to investigate God’s plan of redemption. They give Jesus a cursory glance . . . and laugh! “Some kind of God . . . he did not even save himself! Why should I trust him to save me?”
We stand at the cross . . . and believe. We believe he died for us rather than save himself from the humiliation, the agony, the death he chose for himself. “Come down from the cross”? Our cry must be, “Thank you, Lord, for not coming down. Thank you, Lord, for coming out of the tomb!” Here . . . at his table, we stand to say, “Yes, Lord, thank you!”
YOUTH SERVICE DINNER
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
Message from the Minister
GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION
1. Hear the Gospel.
(Romans 10:17, John 8:32)
2. Believe the Gospel
(Hebrews 11:6, John 20:31)
3. Repent of past sins
(Luke 13:3, Acts 17:30)
4. Confess Jesus Christ
(Romans 10:10, Matthew 10:32)
5. Be Baptized
(Galatians 3:27, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38)
6. Be faithful unto death
Sunday School 10 am
Worship 11 am
Sunday Evening 6 pm
Wednesday 7 pm
Adult & Youth Bible Study
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We Believe that Jesus is the Christ is the Son of the Living God
Area Revivals This Month:
Macedonia C.o.C. Sept. 16-20 W/ Kevin Whitsett. 7 P.M.
C.o.C. at Pettry Sept. 19-22 W/ Don (Bebo) Henegar 7 P.M.
Sept 15, @ 5 P.M., S.I.S. Meeting.
Sept. 15, @ 7 P.M., Phil's Homemade Ice Cream Social
1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalms 122:1
Sept. 9, 2019
We all take steps in our lives to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and even our possessions. We lock our doors and windows, buy high dollar security systems, and even guns. We put our valuables in safes, safety deposit boxes, and carefully chosen hiding places. We try to guard our health and the health of our loved ones. What we are really looking for is peace of mind. To get some much need rest. The trouble is that when we do all these things trouble still has a way of finding us. And when the storms of life come we find ourselves unprepared and defeated. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4-7 that there is one way to true peace and that is Jesus Christ. Here in these verses he gives us the "formula" for peace of mind and spirit. He says that no matter what we must "rejoice in the Lord always." Jesus is our "happy place."We should be "gentle" or patient. Others can learn from us by how we endure trials and tribulations. We cannot let our struggles cause us to be bitter, hateful and sad. And instead of worrying, pray. Worry gets us nowhere but farther away from peace. So when we can rejoice in the Lord, be gentle people during trials, and learn to stop worrying and pray, then and only then can the find the true peace that comes through Jesus from God that, "surpasses all understanding." God will guard our hearts and our minds and give us peace so that when the storms do come, and they will, we can lay peacefully in the back of the ship and get some much needed rest. If you listen Jesus will say, "Peace, Be Still!' God bless and have a great week!
Zac Carter, Gene & Ruth Dalton, Dewey Fisher Sr., Mrs. Fisher, Donnie Widner, Janet Harrison, Shirley Wilburn, Gail Hager, Carolyn Wyatt, Robert Bowman, Angie Reed, Angie Griffith, Kathy Mahaffey, Clarice Holmes, The Stiltner Family.
Crossroads Church of Christ
Revial Nov. 3rd-6th 7 p.m. nightly
Guest Speaker: Randy Taylor