Words That Will Last Forever

“It is Finished” Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.” Luke 18:31 Easter is over, and yet we can still learn about what happened over two thousand years ago. For example, have you ever wondered why Jesus …

Good Friday

At What Cost? He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. 1 Peter 2:24 Three hundred years before Mel Gibson produced The Passion of the Christ, Isaac Watts wrote the lyrics of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The third stanza, in particular, graphically portrays the …

Remaining Hopeful

Transforming Trials into Triumph Do not be far from me, O Lord. Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. Psalm 35:22-23 False accusations. Ruthless witnesses. Gloating adversaries. How can such a scenario end in triumph, not tragedy? Yet that is the progression of David’s Psalm 35. In it, he described an unjust lawsuit, which …

The Good Shepherd

Lay Down My Life? This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16 Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.” He then defined a shepherd’s role by explaining, “The good shepherd lays down his life for the …

The Ascension of Jesus

Final Instructions When [Jesus] had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Luke 24:50-51 After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples over a period of forty days, opening their minds to what the Scriptures said about …

Many Fish, One Mission

A New Assignment Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2 (NLT) “I’m going out to fish,” Peter said to the six other disciples with him (John 21:3 NIV). “We’ll go with you,” …

The Resurrection of Jesus

Conqueror of Death “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:6-7 The women waited through the Sabbath and then gathered spices and headed …

The Raising of Lazarus

Do You Believe?  “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” Luke 11:27 Martha was home, surrounded by mourners, when she heard that Jesus had arrived. She ran to meet him with a heart full of grief and a mind full of questions. Her brother, …

The Atonement Tax

A Fish Story “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 17:27 Matthew, the former tax-collector, is the only gospel writer to …