Happy Monday, February 12, 2024, church!

Brothers and sisters,

Happy Monday to all! As we worshiped and fellowshipped together and learned more about how deep the Father’s love for us truly is, I realized how much being part of the family of God means to me. You all are so encouraging! If you miss being physically present with the family of God regularly and you could be here, you are missing so many of God’s greatest blessings! Do not let Satan rob you of the joy of being vitally connected to God’s family. Do not be a distant relative.

We examined God’s Word from Mark 15. We saw on the cross, Jesus was coronated as King Jesus. Jesus has always been and forever will be King of kings and Lord of lords, but the cross was a kind of coronation for Him. Yes, this was a coronation of a vastly different kind taking place on that Good Friday. In complete humility Jesus died in our place and took the punishment we deserved because our sins placed Him on that cross. Jesus could have come down from the cross and saved Himself, but then we could not have been saved. The King and Lord of all the universe, before which every knee will bow and tongue confess that He alone is Lord, was dying for His subjects, for all who will believe. Jesus was coronated as Savior, King, and Lord by the soldiers preparing Him for crucifixion, by those who orchestrated and ordered His crucifixion, by nature itself, and by His cry of being forsaken while on the cross. Jesus was coronated as King even as the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And Jesus was coronated as King by the Roman centurion in charge of the crucifixion who confessed, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” Jesus in complete humility received His coronation from the Father as Savior, King, and Lord.

Next Sunday, February 18, 2024, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper in our morning worship.

Pray for the Smith family as Donald begins a new round of chemotherapy on Friday. We love you, Smith family, and we are praying for you.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. None of us know fully the burdens our brothers and sisters in Christ might be carrying.

Love being your pastor!

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church