Across Revelation 4 and 5, we are given a most unique picture of the throne of God and its surroundings. The imagery is exquisite in description and it’s all connected back to how the prophets of old had described it – particularly Ezekiel (see Ezekiel 1). However, the interesting thing to note in John’s vision in Revelation is that, in chapter 5, we are now told that there is a Lamb. The scenery has changed just a bit. Continue reading
Jesus once told a story that has now become one of his most known. Not the “Good Samaritan” or “Prodigal Son” parables, but the story of the four seeds.
We know the drill. Continue reading
Above is a painting by Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet entitled Descent From the Cross.
For the Christian church, we identify this week as the most important week in the history of humankind – Holy Week.
In particular, we have Maundy Thursday, focused on the Last Supper of Christ with the twelve. This is followed by Good Friday, whereas Christ is sacrificed upon the cross for humanity’s sin. Next we have Holy Saturday (or Silent Saturday), a day that many evangelicals might not call to mind, the day that lies between the death and resurrection of Christ. Lastly, we have Easter Sunday, the day of celebrating Christ’s defeat over death through resurrection.
I want to examine something that often gets taught and preached about Christ’s death on the cross. While it seems this perspective would be true, I think it falls short of the full story of Scripture. Continue reading
A man walked into a large hall. He had just endured a sleepless night. Betrayed by a confidant; abandoned by his closest friends.
He was spat at, whipped, beaten, bloodied, mocked. They shoved a crown of curse upon his brow. Continue reading