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Pastor Muchow Reflects on Confirmation Class of 2023’s Special Gift to the Church

The Importance of the Crufix Cross

This past year, I was involved in helping decide what type of gift this year’s confirmation class would present. As I walked around the inside and outside of Epiphany’s buildings, it came to my attention that we have a lot of pictures and statues of Jesus (most of which came from a long legacy of confirmation youth and their families). But, out of all the beautiful pieces of art, we had no crucifix.

Why is a crucifix important? Well, it graphically shows what Jesus endured on our behalf. It is a visual teacher and reminder of the greatest love ever shown to sinful humans. Jesus, the Son of God, equal to the Father and the Spirit in Godly Power, gave up His power and dignity to become our once-for-all sacrifice for our sinfulness. He gave up His Godly Power to the very point of death itself. The crucifix is a very traditional and tasteful reminder of the impact of those words from Philippians 2:6-7, Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Praise the Lord for this wonderful gift! Praise the Lord for the true gift we always have—the love of Jesus, Who loves us and serves us without any limits…behold the crucifix! Thanks again to this class and the many past classes that have truly enhanced our worship facility.