Last Words and the Beginning of Hope

Philippians 2:6-7 “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” A person’s last words carry a hefty punch. I cared for my dad the final week of Continue Reading…

Redemption: Nobody Does It Better Than God

Micah 7:18 “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives…?” “Easter is my favorite time of the year” echoes through my mind during Passion Week. My dad often spoke those endearing words the last few years of his life. It’s no wonder. After sixty-five years of rebellion and regret, Continue Reading…

Death Could Not Hold Him Down

Acts 2:24 “But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” It was impossible for death to keep its hold on him…. What a profound truth! Sometimes I race past familiar scripture with the Continue Reading…

Surely Not I

Matthew 26:22 “Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?” [NASB] Passover. The last Passover Jesus would celebrate with his disciples. It was the one he “eagerly desired” to share with them before his suffering. At this Passover, broken bread and poured out wine Continue Reading…

While They Were Sleeping

Matthew 26: 43 “When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.”    Jesus agonized at Gethsemane. The inconceivable awareness of the power of sin produced such anguish that his sweat took the form of blood (hematidrosis). For the first time, his will conflicted with his Continue Reading…

Bethlehem and Beyond

Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  The contrast could not be sharper. Jesus’ arrival and departure on earth paint stark differences.  Mary’s kiss of affection on her baby’s cheek is replaced with Judas’ greedy kiss of betrayal. Adorned in Continue Reading…

Humanness

Luke 22:51 “But Jesus answered, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.” Sometimes our humanness just plain stinks—especially when we fail to recognize it. We think we are doing the “Lord’s will,” but our motivation is fueled more by our flesh than the Holy Spirit. It’s Continue Reading…