DID JESUS’ FAITH WAVER ON THE CROSS? (2)

Someone writes: "You said that Jesus is the only person who ever trusted God perfectly. But what about his cry on the cross, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' (Matt. 27:46; Mk. 15:34) Doesn't this show that Jesus as a man questioned God's purposes? That very fact gives me great encouragement when I don't know the answers to life's circumstances I encounter." * * * You are exactly right … [Read more...]

DID JESUS’ FAITH WAVER ON THE CROSS? (1)

Someone writes: "You said that Jesus is the only person who ever trusted God perfectly. But what about his cry on the cross, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' (Matt. 27:46; Mk. 15:34) Doesn't this show that Jesus as a man questioned God's purposes? That very fact gives me great encouragement when I don't know the answers to life's circumstances I encounter." * * * What was going on in … [Read more...]

LET THIS CUP PASS

"What should we make of the fact that Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane to avoid the cross, if possible in God's will?" * * * "If it is possible, let this cup pass from me," Jesus prayed, "yet not as I will, but as you will" (Matt. 26:39). But was he really asking to avoid the cross? If that is all we see, we will miss a powerful statement of the extent to which Jesus was willing to go to … [Read more...]

ASHES — OR JUST ‘A-FIB’

Feb. 26, 2009 -- This past Wednesday in many Christian traditions was Ash Wednesday. It is the first day of Lent, a 40-day period (not counting Sundays) of repentance and prayer that ends in the victorious climax of Easter Sunday. Some churches ignore, avoid or even oppose the liturgical church calendar because it is not mentioned in the New Testament. However, a person would be hard pressed to … [Read more...]

ASH WEDNESDAY

In this Year of Grace 2010, today is the seventh Wednesday before Easter, known in the annual rhythm of the Christian calendar as Ash Wednesday. The day initiates the season of Lent, a 40-day period of repentance and prayer that progresses to a climax in the great resurrection celebration of Easter Sunday. Although Scripture says nothing about Lent, it says much about the disciplines of humility, … [Read more...]

‘THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST’

Although I cry easily, I wanted to view Mel Gibson's movie The Passion dispassionately. So I braced myself, purposed not to look at my wife beside me and watched without moving a muscle from the opening scene until the end. Despite the English subtitles (all the narrative is in Aramaic and Latin), this is surely the most powerful film ever produced -- both emotionally and spiritually -- portraying … [Read more...]