Things Have Still Changed

resurrection-of-christJust a few days ago, we walked through Holy Week. In particular the church celebrated the Last Supper, Good Friday, Silent Saturday and Resurrection Sunday.

Ahhhh, Resurrection Sunday. To remember Christ is alive, has conquered death, his vindication from the Father has come, though there is more to be played out.

I suppose, now that Monday has passed and it’s Tuesday, it’s easy to simply go on like nothing ever happened. Of course, we know something did happen. But I’ll be honest and admit I awoke the past two days as if nothing happened this past week.

We forget…so easily. Continue reading

The Cross as the Power & Wisdom of God

rouault-crucifixionIt’s holy week in the Christian calendar. Today is Good Friday, remembering the crucifixion of Christ. Tomorrow is Holy Saturday, or what I think is better identified as Silent Saturday. Then we have Easter Sunday, given to celebrate the reality that Jesus walked out of the grave alive.

What I want to do today, which I’ve shared on before, is not consider the words of the gospels in regards to Christ’s death (though they are amazing!). Rather I want to consider Paul’s words found in 1 Cor 1:10 – 2:5. Continue reading

Holy Week Reflections: Sacrifice, Silence, Salvation

Jean_Jouvenet_Descent_From_The_CrossAbove is a painting by Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet entitled Descent From the Cross.

The Christian church identifies this week as the most important week in the history of humankind – Holy Week.

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, as it lies between the death and resurrection of Christ. Lastly, we have Easter Sunday, the day of celebrating Christ’s defeat over death through resurrection. Continue reading

Jesus’ Baptism and Time in the Wilderness

JesusWildernessBecause it’s the season of Lent, I took a little time one morning this week to re-read the accounts of both Jesus’ baptism and his time in the wilderness. I particularly read Matthew’s account – 3:13-17 and 4:1-11.

I know that, for many of us, when we approach the Bible, we do so in hopes that it will speak to us personally. God, what are you saying to me? Father, how do I need to be changed by this text?

Questions similar to these.

And this is not wrong. It’s actually a very fine thing. But what we might not realise is that the Scriptures were actually given to speak into a larger, more communal setting. And, for the New Testament Scriptures, and specifically the gospels, they’ve been given to highlight something quite interesting about this person, Jesus. Continue reading