Rising from the Ashes

The Cross wasn’t always the predominant sign of Christianity. For centuries the cross was a pagan symbol of pain and torture. Rome used the cross to strike fear into the hearts of the world and discourage any troublemakers or rabble-rousers, (like Jesus). The cross did not start becoming a positive, publically accepted, symbol of Christianity […]

When Love Fights Back!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was a proponent of a new kind of protest, the peaceful protest. The Civil Rights was a movement of nonviolent direct action working to expose and eradicate systemic segregation and racism across the southern United States. “Nonviolent resistance,” King wrote, is “a courageous confrontation of evil by the power […]

An Answer for Injustice

“Jesus stood up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’” (Jn 8:10). This is one of the most riveting scenes in the Bible. It perfectly encapsulates God’s mercy and justice. This woman has been set up, preyed upon. She is but collateral damage for the religious leaders real target. […]

Sprinkling the Nations

Speaking of the coming of Messiah, Isaiah 52:15 says, “so shall he sprinkle many nations” it is an allusion to Leviticus 4:6 when God told the priest, interceding for all the people, to “dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle part of the blood seven times before the LORD in front of the veil […]

Crucify, Crucify

Words are doubled in scripture to stress importance. When Jesus said “truly, truly” before a statement, He was stressing it. He was saying, “pay close attention this is important” When Pilate appeals to the bloodthirsty mob to release Jesus, Luke records “they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” “The double cry reflected intensity,” (1). Jesus emphasized […]

From Anticipation to Celebration

The triumphal entry was in anticipation of what Jesus could do. Heal the sick, feed the hungry, raise the dead, kick Rome’s butt. Often our walk with Christ begins in anticipation of what Jesus can do: bless the finances, salvage the marriage, heal the son or daughter, kick the cancer’s butt. The problem is sometimes […]

Activity vs Inactivity

Jesus spent 3.5 years doing things for others. He healed, preached, taught, even fed people. The crowds were always great because the need was great. But at Gethsemane everything changed. Overnight Jesus went from doing things for others, to having things done to Him. Betrayed, kissed, arrested, passed around, beaten, humiliated, and finally killed. And […]