All others depend on the power of oneself and the knowledge of one's mind. The cross "is the power of God and the wisdom of God" (I Corinthians 1:24).

Where does Jesus Christ fit in my threefold statement of belief? Throughout it.

Jesus Christ is the best proof of the existence of God. "He who has seen me has seen the Father." (John 14:9)

Jesus Christ taught more about hell than He did about Heaven. He called it "everlasting fire" (Matthew 25:41), "unquenchable fire" (Matthew 3:12), a place where "their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44-49), a place of "torments" and "flame" (Luke 16:23,24), and other horrific images.

Jesus Christ is the sacrificial Lamb on the cross as well as the Great High Priest making the perfect sin offering. When we speak of the power of the cross, we refer to the efficacy of the death of Jesus on that instrument to atone for our sins.

I believe in Jesus.

That says it all.

Dr. Joe McKeever is a Preacher, Cartoonist, and the Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Visit him at with permission.

Original publication date: May 15, 2009