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P.O. Box 2
Galax, VA 24333

Pastor - Dr. Thomas J. Whartenby
Minister of Music - Mary Elizabeth Whartenby


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3/29/15 Ride On!
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In his lengthy interrogation of Jesus found in this Gospel, Pontius Pilate tried desperately to set Jesus free. He tried to get the crowd to choose Jesus as the prisoner he would set free at the festival of Passover. They chose instead Barabbas. Then he had Jesus severely scourged, hoping the crowd would be sympathetic to Jesus and allow Pilate to free him.

After the scourging, Pilate has Jesus brought out before the mob. He points at Jesus and says, "Behold the man." On the level of the story, Pilate is merely asking the crowd to look at the suffering Jesus. But John the Gospel writer often writes words which have several meanings. In this case Jesus is Man, humankind. John is giving us a picture of sinful man, man in rebellion to God, man suffering the consequences of sin. Jesus here is the old Adam, the sinful Adam. That is to say Jesus is taking on the pain and suffering of sin for all humankind. In the Garden, he will rise up out of his tomb as the New Adam.

John here gives us his understanding of what took place in the suffering and death of Jesus and how that works for our salvation.


"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe."



April 19th - Charles Blevins
April 22nd - Jackson Hardy
April 23rd - Thomas Fant
April 27th - Natalia Sutherland

Coming Events: 

Women's Appreciation Breakfast, Sunday, May 3rd, 9 a,m.

The Necessities Closet is in dire need of supplies - Diapers (all sizes), pull-ups, baby wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, household cleaning supplies, etc. Anyone wishing to donate items may bring them by the church Tuesday - Friday, or you may call the church (276-236-3147) to arrange a time to drop off your donated items.

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