Pastor’s Blog – March 15th

Dear Family of Christ,
Today is known as the Ides of March (March 15). It was known in the Roman world as a sacred day and this day was known as a day to settle all debts. In 44 BC the Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Roman Senate. It was a power struggle between the collective group of the Senate and the one man Caesar, who they thought was taking on too much power. There is one statement known as his last words spoken to a friend, named Brutus, who was also part of the group killing Caesar. He said “You too Brutus,” in shock that his friend would betray him.  There are many famous last words throughout history. Some are inspiring and some show the folly of humanity.

  • Charles Spurgeon (preacher)   “Jesus died for me.”
  • Humphrey Bogart “I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis.” 
  • Nathan Hale   ”I only regret that I have only one life to give for my country”
  • Joan Crawford “Don’t you dare ask God to help me.”  (When her made began to pray for her.)
  • Leonardo DaVinci “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
  • John Wesley   “The best of all is God with us.”
  • P.T. Barnum “How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?”
  • Steve Jobs  “Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow.”

The most powerful last words ever spoken were those of Jesus from the cross. He was the most powerful man to ever have lived being the Son of God. Yet he went to the Cross willingly to settle debts. The debt of our sin and separation from God. Augustus Caesar four years after his adopted uncle was assassinated had 300 of those senators killed in an act of revenge. Jesus said to the soldiers who nailed him to the cross, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” This season of Lent we have been trying to take on the habits of Jesus. 
Come on Good Friday at 7:00PM to hear these last words and how we all can make his priorities ours. 

In Christ’s service, Pastor Dave