Posts from April 2019

Posts from April 2019

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:5-6 On the first sunrise of the week, Mary and Mary Magdalene were coming to visit Christ’s tomb. No doubt they were still numb from the events of the last few days. Their overwhelming grief at Jesus’ death hadn’t faded (Matthew 27:61). For them, the cross was not only a cosmological catastrophe, it was a personal one, too. So they came as…

Mystery

Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:57-61 After his shocking and agonizing death on the cross, Jesus was laid in a new tomb. For the entire night, and day, and night following his death, his lifeless body lay in that tomb. His heart did not beat, his lungs provided no oxygen to his bloodstream, his brain waves, if they could have been registered, would have shown no activity.…

Crucifixion

Scripture reading: Matthew 27:35-44, Mark 15:24-32, Luke 23:33-43, John 19:18-27 “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” Johnny Cash’s well-known song plays in my head when I read the Gospel accounts of that Friday morning when Jesus was nailed to the cross. “Sometimes it causes me to tremble.” Indeed, and so it should. The crucifixion of Jesus was a terrible thing.…

Betrayal

Scripture reading: Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12 Have you ever had a close friend betray you? Imagine the scene for a moment. It was a dark night and very late. When Judas led the soldiers, chief priests, and Pharisees into the garden, they likely carried lamps or torches along with their weapons. Everyone was tired. Most of the disciples…

For Eternity

Scripture Reading: John 17 Few things reveal more than a person’s final will and testament. It speaks volumes. For us, few things are as illuminating as what Jesus prayed the night before his death. John 17 is an undeserved gift. It’s a glimpse into an intimate conversation between Son and Father, which is why it’s so astounding to find ourselves in verse 24, right smack…

Resolved

Scripture Reading: Mark 10:32-34 Why did Jesus come to Jerusalem after he raised Lazarus from the dead? The apostle John records that after that miraculous event, the authorities in Jerusalem were determined to put Jesus to death. It is not difficult to perceive their motives. Jesus’ fame had already reached the entire country. His power to heal, to exorcise demons…

The Coming King – Palm Sunday

Scripture reading: Matthew 21:1-11 When an ordinary looking man approached the city of Jerusalem, no observer could have told by his appearance that he was unusual or important. There wasn’t any striking military parade clearing the way before him, there were no gold laurels of victory crowning his head, and he had no retinue of royal courtiers demonstrating his wealth…

What Might Change Your Life

I was converted in my mid-twenties, sometime late 2002. I know many people know the day and the hour of their conversion as a Christian. I think that is so cool, but that wasn’t quite the way it happened with me. God’s grace was ultimately irresistible, but I resisted to the point of exhaustion. I think fatigue played a prominent role in why I was converted. Actually, the…