The word “commandment” is a word that sounds so forceful, so prohibitive, and so hard to us. We imagine a policeman shouting, “STOP!” when we consider it. So it may come as something of a surprise to hear John write these words in one of his letters: “For this is the love of God, that […]
As we obey the truth, God may allow us to be placed in precarious situations and locales — only to deliver us and reveal His glorious nature. Why does He do this? — so we can see the vast difference between Almighty God and un-mighty man. Here, watch one such occasion: “And these three men, […]
Living by faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). Hoping in His mercy delights Him (Psalm 147:11); loving it satisfies His requirement (Micah 6:8).
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus spoke these words from the Cross. It was the first sentence He said once He was lifted up, according to Luke 23. His hands and feet were pierced. He had been lashed mercilessly with a scourge. A crown of thick, sharp Judean thorns had […]
My childhood highlighted Easter. Not as ecstatic as Christmas, but carrying its own mixture of excitement, Easter differed from Christmas, much like death opposes birth, accentuating two poles of a man’s existence. Indeed, all the candy and gifts were tainted by those Bible stories, most importantly, the one of cruel death. Memories include the emotions and […]
“Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about Me?” These words are found in John’s gospel, Chapter 18. They were the words of Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor in charge of Jerusalem. “Are you the King of the Jews?” Pilate had asked. Jesus responded with […]