Our Lenten sermon series this season will take the form of a “cross-examination” at a courtroom trial. Each Bible text will present a charge or question which leads to an “examination.”
Much of the Passion History of our Savior shows Christ Jesus on trial before Caiphas and Pilate. But the textual questions posed in our “cross-examinations” place Christ on trial in the courtroom of your heart and mine. They also place us on trial in the courtroom of the Most High.
Christ and His cross call for self-examination. So said St. Paul: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Cor. 13:5).
These “cross-examinations” will not only uncover our guilt. They will point us to the Cross itself for our acquittal, our “not guilty” verdict for the sake of Christ. So said Isaiah: “The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53).