He is risen

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6   What a morning! What a sight! That first Easter Sunday as…

Silence

Silence. No verses. Not a single recorded word. The body had been sealed in Joseph’s tomb at the end of the darkest of days. The disciple’s hopes had been crushed. The Messiah was gone. The revolution they longed for was over. The new kingdom they had expected had, in the space of a few short…

Father, forgive them

“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”” Luke 23:34 From the cross on the hill of Golgotha Jesus cried out “Father, forgive them”. He wasn’t just addressing the Roman soldiers who have whipped Him, beaten Him, left Him bloodied and scarred before parading him to the outskirts of town…

Not as I will

“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”” Matthew 26:39 In the garden of Gethsemane, just before He was betrayed Jesus took time to pray. He could have taken…

Finished – No more striving

“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him…When Jesus had received the sour wine,  he said “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:16-18,30 As…

By His Wounds

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 It started in the garden with a tree. It ended on a hill on a tree. As Adam and Eve ate the fruit from…

Comma (This changes everything)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 Sin. It is a problem that affects us all. One way or another, big or small, all of us are masters at finding ways of breaking God’s standards and rebelling against Him.…

No neutral zone

Pilate was a key player in the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. And yet unlike the high priests who were strongly in opposition to Jesus, Pilate wanted to take a position of neutrality. He didn’t want to make a decision as to where he stood on Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah.…

But God

All is hopeless. Because of our pride and rebellion we are cut off from God. We were created for eternity but because we think we know best and turn from God’s laws each of us dies. This was not the way it was supposed to be. We were meant to be in the paradise of…

Kingdom: Victory

[Matthew 27:32-56} “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit” Matthew 27:50 So much of the Kingdom life goes against what makes sense to us. This is the Kingdom where the least become the first, where the hurting become healed, where sinners are welcomed by grace and where we…