In my previous post, What is so "good" about Good Friday, I listed a few of the things that Scripture says were accomplished by Christ's death on the cross. But I also acknowledged the centrality of the resurrection to Christianity. Our faith is worthless if Christ is not alive. Instead of evidences for the resurrection … Continue reading The Tomb Is Empty!
On that first Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem to cries of, "Please save!" ("Hosanna!"). (Matthew 21:1-11) Within days, many of those same people were crying, "Crucify him!". (Matthew 27:22-23) The palm branches that they waved at Jesus were symbols of military victory and nationalistic power, but Jesus rode in on a donkey - a … Continue reading Please Save! From What?
On Thursday of the week Jesus died, the Bible tells us that Jesus celebrated The Passover with His disciples. In Leviticus 23 God sets out seven "feasts of the Lord." Passover is definitely the foundational one, upon which the other six are built. Passover occurred in the first month of the Hebrew calendar and kicked off the … Continue reading Jesus Our Passover
It happened pretty close to Jesus' own death and resurrection, probably just a week or so before. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the plot to kill Jesus develops quite a lot of momentum. Passover is near, and plans begin to take shape to arrest Jesus during the big Passover feast, which he would … Continue reading Do You Believe This?
Without Good Friday, there would be no Easter Sunday. So, let's not rush too quickly to celebrate Jesus' resurrection without first remembering all that He accomplished in His death. Here is a partial list: God's wrath was satisfied. (1 John 4:10) "Propitiation" is an act that satisfies the wrath of an offended person (in this … Continue reading What is so “good” about “Good Friday”?
Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, by one of my favorite New Testament scholars and theologians, Dr. D.A. Carson is a great read for Holy Week, or anytime. Dr. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School since 1978, has penned over 50 books. In Scandalous, Carson has written a work … Continue reading The Scandalous Cross & Resurrection of Jesus