Why is Easter Important?

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection after the death (Good Friday) and burial of Jesus, the Christ.

I don’t write to the unconverted. I don’t believe anyone can be convinced.

But if you need encouragement today, please continue.

Good Friday

Good Friday (some people think He died on Thursday, but I’ll leave this to the apologetics crew) is when Jesus died in our place.

Sin has a cost. We like to focus on the love of God but seldom consider the cost of sin. Furthermore, when we do focus on the love of God we forget that it was His love that motivated Him to die.

Our Sin

The Bible teaches us that all of us have sinned.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Whether it sounds appealing to our modern view, there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood. In the context of the Bible, and His laws (rules) that He set up (it’s His world, after all), this cannot be bypassed or hacked.

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22

If you want to read the legal case set against us, try reading the Book of Romans. Paul does a good job laying out the case for all things “New Testament.” Suffice it, for the sake of this blog post, to say, that we are sinners, needing redemption, and only the blood of Christ (fully man yet fully God) would be acceptable. Continue reading Why is Easter Important?

Once Alienated: Colossians 1:21-23

 

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Colossians 1:21-23

Alienated.  What kind of images does that word conjure up in your mind? I think of total isolation, the kind of loneliness you feel even in a crowd or a party.

Enemies. Who are enemies? Who are your enemies? Who are God’s enemies?  Have you ever realized that you were God’s enemy? We were enemies in our minds. Continue reading Once Alienated: Colossians 1:21-23

Dear God: Suffering & Pain

Dear God

Dear God,

I know You said suffering leads to patience and patience produces character which gives us hope but…

But. Yes, the wonderful conjunction that increasingly makes its way into our professions of faith and prayers as a disclaimer of sorts.   In fact, it is a negating term.  I know you said to clean my room but…[I don’t have time, I don’t want to, I’m going outside to play].

Thinking about my own life and reflecting upon 1 Peter 4:1-2, I have to resist the urge to complain, knowing that this is a season for me to draw close to Him and to allow Him to be glorified.

Sometimes I act like a child, I am fully aware of this fact. Continue reading Dear God: Suffering & Pain