“See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!” Galatians 6:11
Although we have more technology today than ever that makes vocal communication between us extremely easy - like phone calls or FaceTime or Skype - it seems we still prefer to communicate the old fashioned way: by using text. In the past we used pen and paper, and today we use email and text messaging. While these mediums of sending and receiving messages are vastly different from each other, the information is essentially still seen the same. It’s black letters on a white background.
Because black letters on a white background have no tone or voice, using text to communicate can be limiting when it comes to trying to convey emotion or emphasis. So what do you do when you really want to stress a word or a certain point? YOU WRITE IT IN ALL CAPS.
This Sunday we come to the end of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, and as we’ll see, he’s going to utilize this opportunity to get across one last time the main point of his letter and the image he wants burned into their minds before he signs off. In order to do this, Paul does something for the first time during the writing of this letter - he picks the pen up himself and writes the conclusion. And because what he has to say is of utmost importance, he does the equivalent of writing it in all caps.
In Galatians 6:14 Paul writes, “God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul knew the cross was the single most powerful demonstration of the gospel of grace. Not only does the cross reveal our inability to pay for our own sin and earn salvation ourselves, but also reveals the unimaginable love of our Savior who died in order to provide us with eternal life. Everything we need is found at the cross and nothing can be added to it.
Join us Sunday as we open Galatians for the last time with a message titled “THE CROSS in ALL CAPS”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!