As our Lord “was suspended there, bound hand and foot to the wood in apparent weakness, [the rulers and authorities] imagined they had Him at their mercy, and flung themselves upon Him with hostile intent. But, far from suffering their assault without resistance, He grappled with them and mastered them, stripping them of all the armor in which they trusted, and held them aloft in His mighty, outstretched hands, displaying to the universe their helplessness and his own unvanquished strength…Now they are disabled and dethroned, and the shameful tree has become the victor’s triumphal chariot, before which His captives are driven in humiliating procession, the involuntary and impotent confessors of their overcomer’s superiority”       (F.F. Bruce)

Sermon Crumbs In 2011, our church’s standard Bible translation, The New International Version, was revised.  We still have the 1984 edition in our pew racks, and Pastor Ken preaches from it.  Occasionally, like today, we call attention to an improvement in the 2011 update.  The older reading for Colossians 2:14 speaks of God “having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and stood opposed to us.”  That’s accurate, but the update, which we use this morning, is clearer: “…having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us.”