That dark day Jesus was crucified brought glory to God. How did the cross display the glory of God? In we learn about three ways in which God’s glory was displayed at the cross. Continue reading The Glory of the Cross
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.
When Mary was informed that she was going to be with Child, she was told that His name shall be called “Jesus”. This name was not chosen because it had a nice sound to it, nor was it a matter of it being in the top 10 boys’ name for that year. The reason for this is because He “will save his people from their sins” (). Continue reading Born to Die
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Over the years, the cross has become a religious symbol for many Sadly, this is only a symbol and a religious add-on to their lives. We need to know and remember that there is a a deep and profound meaning when we think of the cross of Christ. In the first century the cross was the place where painful and gruesome public execution occurred. The horrific event of the Lord Jesus Christ being crucified on the cross was not an event that captured the Lord by surprise (). It was a part of His plan of redemption.
Continue reading What the Death of Christ Means for us
23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
Trials, testings, and suffering can be very painful. Such difficulties can come in various forms – one of which is loss. Losing a loved one is a horrible tragedy. The excruciating experience of loss will result in grief. Grief is that normal process in which an individual displays sorrow and anguish as a result of loss. It is a painful experience that tears someone apart emotionally.
Grief is not something the Christian ought to seek to escape, deny or hide. Rather, the believer must strive to get through it by means of embracing a biblical mindset that will grant understanding, comfort and hope. Of course, this does not suggest that getting through the grieving process eliminates all sadness and loss. It is wrong to ask someone who has experienced loss to simply get over it. Grief and sorrow create darkness around us. The only means that will shine light on our situation is the Word of God.
Is grief OK? Sure it is. As noted earlier, grief is a natural response to loss. The Lord Jesus Christ experienced this form of natural grief (). The important question I ask is, how can a grieving individual get through the grieving process? The individual needs hope. The psalmist asked himself a question and found the answer: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (). Continue reading Finding Hope in the Midst of Grief
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
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WE ARE INVOLVED IN A WAR
We have a sermon series at present on the book of Revelation. There is much in this book about spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare is a very important topic. We are involved in a war. But what does this war entail and how do we fight it?
Right from the start of the book we are told that we are partners in “tribulation”
(). Tribulation is another word for suffering. Christians will suffer in this world. Like John we will be persecuted for our witness to Jesus. Thus the churches of Smyrna, Pergamum and Philadelphia all experienced persecution. Christians are killed because of the word of God and their witness to Jesus
(). So right from the start it is clear that as we hold on to the truth and proclaim it, we will suffer.
Of course we can avoid the fight. Continue reading This is War!
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.
After dinner, I decided to drive up to our local digital photo developer to have a batch of vacation pictures printed. I looked forward to seeing the over 150 pictures that I had selected. They were reminders of a great vacation with old friends as we toured the New England States. My spirits were high as I recalled this happy time together.
But as I came over the rise in the road I was confronted with a ghastly scene.
There on the road ahead of me, in the oncoming lane, was the body of a motorcyclist lying on the road. The ambulance attendants and police officers were covering his body with a white sheet, but underneath I could still see the outline of a young man whose life had suddenly come to an end. The road was completely blocked off. In the darkness of the night, emergency lights from at least six vehicles were flashing out their unsynchronized mournful message, “Stay away – someone has died here!”
Continue reading Reminders