Cohutta First Baptist
​​103 King Street  Cohutta, Georgia

​Weekly Devotional from John Parrott

Good morning to all on another cool February morning.  It is good to be alive this morning and to look forward to the blessings and the opportunities of the day.  I pray that we will each face today with thanksgiving for the goodness of God, with faith in Him to guide us through the challenges of the day, and with compassion and good will for all those we encounter today.  May our lights shine brightly with His love throughout this day.  

Last week I wrote that the cross is the greatest, most widely recognized symbol of the Christian faith.  And I posed the question, “What does the cross symbolize?”  I would like to attempt to answer that question over the next several weeks.  First of all, the cross symbolizes the awfulness of sin.  We often measure the seriousness of a problem that we face by the strength of the measures required to deal with it.  If our doctor tells us we need major surgery and we need it right away, we realize that we have a serious health problem.  Likewise, the cross is the greatest witness to the terrible depravity of the human heart, because no remedy less than the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son was strong enough to deal with the effects of sin in our lives.  I suppose the crucifixion of Jesus was the greatest sin ever committed upon the earth, because He was completely innocent and completely loving.  There are many villains in the story of the crucifixion: Peter who denied Him; Judas who betrayed Him; Caiaphas the high priest and the Sanhedrin who schemed and plotted to put Jesus to death; Pontius Pilate who condemned Him to die, even after he pronounced Him not guilty three different times; the Roman soldiers who tortured Him and carried out the sentence of execution; the crowds around the cross who ridiculed Him.  But when we seek to determine who was responsible for the death of Jesus, we need look no farther than our own sinful hearts.  He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities (Isa 53:5).  He died for my sins.  The cross teaches us of the tragic consequences of sin in our lives.