The Rev. Joseph WinstonApril 6, 2007 (Good Friday)
Grace and peace are gifts for you from God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Roman Empire was an effective killing machine. That is how the world’ssuperpower kept the peace.Rome had been the seat of power for nearly ﬁve hundred years and there stillwould be almost ﬁve hundred years before power would ﬁnally be wrestled awayfrom Rome. Caesar Augustus was in the capital city and he was intent on consol-idating and keeping his power. In order to do that, he needed peace at home.One prong of his plan was to eliminate the inﬁghting between the differentpower brokers. He implemented this action with ruthless efﬁciency. The manydifferent forces were consolidated into his own private army. The solders in thesedisperse armies needed to be properly motivated. To do this, Augustus reinstated
Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3