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The emblem is meaningful as to what and who we are.
This cross is unusual in its design and look. From a distance it would almost appear as though there was someone on the cross, but up
close you would find that the cross is empty. The Jesus who died on the old rugged cross does not hang there through the centuries, but is
alive and well! All of us are reminded, though, of the power of the cross and God’s ultimate gift of His Son for our sins.
“On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame,
and I love that old cross, where the dearest and best,
for a world of lost sinners was slain.
And I’ll cherish the old rugged cross.”
Just behind the cross you will see that there is an explosion of light, or energy, or life. The rays flow out from the cross as though
something awesome, something dramatic, something incredible took place. It did!
“Death could not keep its prey, Jesus my Savior!
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes.”
You and I recognize that Jesus came forth from the dead and by the power of the resurrection we are transformed.
It was the Apostle Peter who said, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar people, and you should show forth the
praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” From the life given to us in Christ we become a royal people
represented by the gold. This gold shield represents all of us - two thousand churches, 700,000 Mississippi Baptists, and colleges,
childcare, hospitals, and ministries that touch every corner and every dimension of our state.
At the bottom is our name, Mississippi Baptists:
I am proud to be a Mississippian! For all of our deficiencies, we still are the leading state in the Southern Baptist Convention in per
capita mission giving. As I like to say, though we are still maligned as the poorest state in the nation, “we may not know how to make
money, we sure know how to give it!”
While denominational labels may not mean much to some people in this day and time, “Baptist” is still a significant word, a powerful
force for good. We are a people desiring to serve the Lord throughout our state.
May God give us wisdom, strength, and courage as we continue to seek Him and follow Him.