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You Died and Rose Again!

One of my favorite writers, Michael Horton, points out that the Christian faith is a “good news story” in that it is a “news” story of something that happened – Jesus rose from the dead – and it is good news! While most news stories don’t involve us (I...

The Ascension and the “Descension” of Jesus

After Jesus ascended into heaven, two men dressed in white robes spoke to his disciples saying, “This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Therefore, not only does the ascension gives us comfort that...

Ascension Day – Jesus is Not on Vacation!

Christians make a big deal about the birth of Christ (Christmas), his death (Good Friday), and his resurrection (Easter/Resurrection Sunday) – and rightly so, as these are key events in Christ’s life and his work on our behalf. However, Christians often overlook another important...

Every Sunday is Easter Sunday

While Christianity emerged out of Judaism, one of the key differences between the Christian church and the Jewish faith is that Christian worship centers around Sunday (most services on Sunday morning, but also services on Saturday nights and Sunday evenings) while Jewish synagogue worship is...

Holy Week: Day by Day

The Gospel of Mark is unique in giving a chronological, day by day account of “Holy Week” (the events between Palm Sunday and Good Friday) – the other gospel writers talk about this week but not day by day like Mark. I thought examining Mark’s day by day summary might...

Was John the Baptist Elijah?

In John 1:19-28, John the Baptist is asked if he is Elijah, and he denies that he is Elijah (or the Prophet or the Christ). Yet in Matthew 11:14, Jesus says that John the Baptist is the “Elijah who is to come,” referring to the promise of Elijah to come before the day of the Lord in...

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

All four gospels tell us that Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-33; John 1:29-34) – so we know it happened, but why? It can be especially confusing because Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. The people whom John baptized confessed their sins (Matthew 3:6...

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