Nov 16, 2014
The Crucifixion : Jesus is our Substitute

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been a popular topic for discussion, books, and even movies.  Millions of people, in the recent past, viewed a movie about this gruesome event depicting the carnal brutality that is crucifixion.  When Jesus' crucifixion is mentioned it evokes thoughts and images of tremendous physical agony, but the Bible actually provides very little detail about what Jesus' crucifixion actually looked like.  Additionally, millions of people have been crucified - possibly hundreds of thousands by the Romans alone.  The method by which Jesus was murdered is not unique and the Bible lacks emphasis on many details of it.  Why, then, is this single event such a focus of human history?  Why has this moment become the pinnacle of Christian emphasis?  The significance of the cross of Christ is in the divine intentionality of it.

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  • Nov 16, 2014The Crucifixion : Jesus is our Substitute
    Nov 16, 2014
    The Crucifixion : Jesus is our Substitute

    The crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been a popular topic for discussion, books, and even movies.  Millions of people, in the recent past, viewed a movie about this gruesome event depicting the carnal brutality that is crucifixion.  When Jesus' crucifixion is mentioned it evokes thoughts and images of tremendous physical agony, but the Bible actually provides very little detail about what Jesus' crucifixion actually looked like.  Additionally, millions of people have been crucified - possibly hundreds of thousands by the Romans alone.  The method by which Jesus was murdered is not unique and the Bible lacks emphasis on many details of it.  Why, then, is this single event such a focus of human history?  Why has this moment become the pinnacle of Christian emphasis?  The significance of the cross of Christ is in the divine intentionality of it.

  • Nov 9, 2014The Arrest, Conviction, and Sentencing of God
    Nov 9, 2014
    The Arrest, Conviction, and Sentencing of God
    Many people know that the arrest, conviction, and sentencing of Jesus Christ was a terrible ordeal.  However, some people may not understand the tremendous irony of the whole event or the reality that most of us can relate pretty well to those who acted most repulsively.  It is easy to sit in judgment over others when we look upon their terrible actions and intentions, but it may be that our own lives are not all that different by comparison.  It seems odd to think that the creator of the universe was ever on trial in a court of men, and it seems even more strange to think that He was convicted and sentenced to death by His own creation. 
  • Nov 2, 2014Dealing With Death
    Nov 2, 2014
    Dealing With Death
    Most of us avoid thinking about death until we are forced to do so.  Someone we love is unexpectedly taken from us in a painful moment of grief, we hear a dreadful diagnosis from our own medical doctor, or we watch our elderly relatives and friends slowly drift from vibrant life to uncharacteristic inactivity.  Death is an odd topic because we all would avoid ever thinking of it if we could, and yet we all must face the reality that death will be part of our own personal experience.  Our contemporary culture offers a particular perspective of death, and the Bible offers another.  Death is never good, it is always bad, but it does not have to be trivialized or feared by those who are in Christ.
  • Oct 26, 2014The Last Supper : Jesus is the lamb of God
    Oct 26, 2014
    The Last Supper : Jesus is the lamb of God
    The meal widely known as the Last Supper has been the focus of literary, artistic, and theological works.  It is understandable that so much attention would be devoted to this single moment in human history and in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.  The setting of the scene is steeped in historical significance, and we are told that that it occurred on the "day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed" (Luke 22:7).  In order to begin to understand the weight of what Jesus says during the course of this meal, we must understand the purpose of the meal as it began that historical night.  When we gain a better perspective of God's provision of grace amidst His own judgment against sin, we will better understand why it is amazing that Jesus Christ is THE "Passover Lamb" (1 Cor. 5:7).
  • Oct 19, 2014The Teaching of Christ : I Am
    Oct 19, 2014
    The Teaching of Christ : I Am
    When Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life..." His statement was groundbreaking (Jn 14:6).  Jesus Christ's message to all who heard Him was interestingly original and incredibly consistent with the message God had been sending to humanity from the very beginning (Gen. 3:15; Gal. 3:8-9).  Jesus made several assertions known as the "I am" statements.  He called Himself the door, the good shepherd, and the light of the world.  All of these are significant, and Jesus seems to always say much with fewer words.  There are tremendous implications for this short statement from the voice of Jesus, and there is good reason for us to think more carefully about how we hear and understand it.
  • Oct 12, 2014The Miracles of Jesus : Identifying Signs
    Oct 12, 2014
    The Miracles of Jesus : Identifying Signs
    When Jesus calmed the storm that threatened the lives of His disciples, the men were more afraid and not less.  The cause of their original fear was the raging wind and waves, but now their source of fear was the omnipotent man who now stood in reaching distance of them as He rode along in their boat.  “Who is this man who commands even the wind and waves, and they obey him?”  This encounter demonstrates Jesus’ identity, His authority, and His majesty.  With this Jesus in our focus, life’s storms can be less terrifying and we may actually find rest in Him regardless of our circumstances.
  • Oct 5, 2014What is the Church?
    Oct 5, 2014
    What is the Church?
    I wonder if the answer that many might give to the question (“What is a church?”) might be less than helpful; at times it may even be dangerous.  One’s understanding of what defines a church will have a direct impact on his or her expectation of church membership. The Bible actually has much to say about what a church is and what a church is supposed to do.
  • Sep 28, 2014The Transfiguration : Divine Affirmation & Perfect Peace
    Sep 28, 2014
    The Transfiguration : Divine Affirmation & Perfect Peace
    One normal day three ordinary men were overwhelmed by the God of the universe who invaded time and space to deliver a message.  The message was profound, it struck awe and fear in the hearts of those who heard and saw, and it brought perfect peace in its wake.  In this awesome moment, Jesus is affirmed as the King of Glory and He brings incredible peace to all those who look to Him.
  • Sep 21, 2014The Good Confession : Answering the Hard Question
    Sep 21, 2014
    The Good Confession : Answering the Hard Question
    Peter is known for speaking quickly, but sometimes he is recorded as saying things that are truly brilliant.  Peter is commended for answering correctly after Jesus asks, "Who do you day I am?"  In John chapter 6, Peter answers another of Jesus' questions with candor and sincerity.  Christians may be encouraged by Peter's answer today.
  • Sep 14, 2014The Baptism : A Marvelous Scandal
    Sep 14, 2014
    The Baptism : A Marvelous Scandal
    The Baptism of Jesus is a remarkable moment in His earthly ministry.  Jesus humbles Himself beyond imagination, He is affirmed by the highest authority of all time, and sinners find a heavenly Father who delights in them because of the person and work of Jesus Christ.