Who Holds the Cross of Christ?

Pilate asked Jesus, “Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” (John 19:10) Pilate thinks he holds the cross of Christ. Jesus knows otherwise. How we see and understand the cross is determined by who we believe holds the cross. In human hands the cross is imposed. In God’s hands it is chosen. In human hands the … Continue reading Who Holds the Cross of Christ?

Crucifixion, A Love Story – A Sermon for Good Friday; John 18:1-19:42

The collect and readings for Good Friday may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 18:1 – 19:42. I have come to believe that the crucifixion did not kill Jesus. Crucifixion is merely the external force and circumstance of his death. At a deeper level the cross points to the intense relationship between love and death. Love is the ultimate cause of … Continue reading Crucifixion, A Love Story – A Sermon for Good Friday; John 18:1-19:42

Denying Self, Choosing Christ – A Sermon on Mark 8:31-38, Lent 2B

The collect and readings for the Second Sunday in Lent, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Mark 8:31-38. Then Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this … Continue reading Denying Self, Choosing Christ – A Sermon on Mark 8:31-38, Lent 2B

The Feast of the Holy Cross

September 14 is the Feast of the Holy Cross. In the Eastern Church it is called the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The historian Eusebius, in his Life of Constantine, tells how that emperor ordered the erection of a complex of buildings in Jerusalem “on a scale of imperial magnificence,” to set forth as “an object of attraction and veneration to all, the blessed place … Continue reading The Feast of the Holy Cross