In the days after the tomb was discovered empty, Jesus' resurrection was not a secret. He appeared to His disciples and others on multiple occasions. He gave many convincing proofs so there would be no doubt that He was indeed alive! (Acts 1:3) He showed His disciples His hands and His feet and told them … Continue reading Jesus is Alive – Forever and Ever!
It was the morning after an unimaginable tragedy, and it was eerily quiet. The voices of the crowds demanding "crucify him" were gone. The jeers of the onlookers insisting that Jesus "save himself" were silenced. The shouts of the Pharisees declaring "blasphemer" had disappeared. The wails of the women that loved Him had moved within … Continue reading Somber Saturday
On the surface, the name “Good Friday” seems like a misnomer. To Jesus’ friends and followers, there was nothing good about that Friday. The week had started off well. On Sunday, Jesus had entered Jerusalem with a celebration and He spent the week proclaiming the message of His Kingdom to all who would listen. They … Continue reading Good Friday Reflections
During Holy Week, I can just imagine what it must have been like in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Jesus made His triumphal entrance into the city and His followers were awaiting the moment when He would overthrow Rome and take His place as their earthly King. It must have been confusing to them when He continued … Continue reading Holy Week Reflections
The next two churches that Jesus addressed were the lenient and compromising churches in Pergamum and Thyatira. Pergamum was a center of education and culture where the brightest of the brightest lived. The city was filled with idols and even the Roman emperor was seen as a god. Thyatira, on the other hand, was a … Continue reading Good & Evil Are Not Interchangeable!
The second church that Jesus addressed in Revelation was the church in Smyrna. The Christians in Smyrna were surrounded by people that were antagonistic to the gospel and they faced constant persecution. Jesus knew the struggles they faced. He acknowledged that they suffered afflictions and lived in poverty. He understood that they were constantly slandered. … Continue reading Faithful to the end
The book of Revelation begins with a series of letters from Jesus to seven churches that lined the main Roman road. The believers in these churches were suffering persecution for their faith and each one faced their own challenges. When we read these letters, we see glimpses of our churches today as well as struggles … Continue reading It is the love of Jesus that beckons the lost