I was reading through the Book of Acts recently, and I noticed that the message preached by the Apostles and various Disciples was primarily the Resurrection – that Jesus, who was crucified, has been raised from the dead by the power of God. A lot of people talk about not “sugarcoating” the Gospel, Continue reading “The Gospel According to Acts: God Raised Jesus”
“Christ is risen from the dead, having trampled down death by death, and having upon those in the tombs life bestowed!”
“This is the night on which Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld!”
“This Jesus God has raised up again – to this we are all witnesses.”
“Because I live you also will live.”
This is our faith! This is Christianity! That Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of God and Son of Man, is risen from the dead. This is our hope. This is our salvation. This is our love. This is our life. This is our joy. We are summoned to share in His Resurrection! It is this that gives us strength, that gives us that which renders courage meaningless and unnecessary, it is this that is our sure and certain victory.
It seems that this – that He rose – is what is most hated by the world. That Jesus died the world can accept. Continue reading “Christianity is the Resurrection”
This poem is based on Psalm 2. The Cross, the Resurrection, and the Ascension form one triumphant Mystery!
On Zion, this holy hill
Your God crowned You, O God
The crown of redemption Your Father placed
On the Head He anointed
With His Holy Spirit Continue reading “This Holy Hill”
Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and we shall rise with Him.
As Christians, this is our hope and our confidence. This is what we mean by living. This is our life in living and in dying.
Because of this, there is no reason for us to fear or avoid death. There is no reason for us to try to do whatever we can to put death off for as long as possible. For Christians, death is the consummation of life, the fulfillment of life, the entry into an experience of life more full and abundant. It is an event to be greeted with joy, to which to look forward. If we truly believe that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, that we shall see Him upon death, and that we will be raised with Him to live forever with Him, then there is no reason for us to want to defer death, to escape death for the present moment, to flee from death.
This shapes our entire lives. Continue reading “The Resurrection, Christian Death, and Prayer”
“And in the midst of the throne, there stood a Lamb, standing as if slain.”
“Put your fingers here in my hands and your hand in my side.”
“Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, let us hold firm our confession of faith. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we ourselves, yet without sin.”
“It was fitting for the Messiah to suffer these things, and so to enter His glory.”
“He who descended to the depths is He who ascended to the heights, in order that He might fill all in all.”
Enthroned in heaven, His humanity glorified with the glory of God, Jesus bears the scars of His crucifixion. God is everywhere, and all of God is everywhere. “All things were made through Him, and apart from Him was made nothing that was made.” Again, it is spoken of the Word, “Who upholds all things by the word of His power.” Again, it is written, “In Him all things hold together.” In a beautiful psalm, we read, “If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. Behold, if I take the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will uphold me.” Continue reading “Love’s Wounds in Beauty Glorified: The Christian’s Comfort in the Scars of Christ”
In the first chapter of Romans, there is a verse which some translations render, “declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection,” and which another renders, “by the resurrection, appointed to be the Son of God with power.”
I am not here interested in which is the more faithful translation of the Greek, for both emphasize different truths (if they are, indeed, different truths). The resurrection is the greatest proof of Jesus’ deity; it is the greatest proof that He is indeed, who He claimed to be, one with the Almighty and the Almighty Himself; the Son of God who will come on the clouds of heaven at the right hand of the Majesty; the one whose acknowledgement is eternal life and whose disregard and condemnation is everlasting death. When God raised Jesus from the dead, He proved to the whole world that Jesus is His beloved Son and said to humanity with a voice louder than that with which He spoke at Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan and on the mountain of transfiguration, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased: listen to Him! Continue reading “The Glorified Humanity of Christ”
The Son of God was slain
Darkness black shrouded the day
All hope seemed gone
The night had won
In our sorrow we did not remember
How He promised through defeat to conquer Continue reading “The Song of Mary Magdalene and the Empty Tomb”
The Infinite One who encompasses the worlds, the Lord of Majesty, becomes a baby in a woman’s womb.
The Lord of Love and Faithfulness is betrayed with a kiss of devotion.
He is bound with ropes that can not exist for a moment apart from His active will by men who can not breathe except that He allows it.
The King in whose presence the seraphs cover their faces and feet is mocked and spat upon by sinners.
The King of all kings and Lord of all lords is sentenced to death by a conquered people and a mere government official. Continue reading “The Humiliation and the Glory”