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 […]

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 […]

What are you looking for?

“If you search for good, you will find it; but if you search for evil, it will find you!” Proverbs 11:27  We always find what we’re looking for. If we’re looking for someone to offend us, we’ll find it. If we’re looking for someone to fail us, we won’t have to wait long. If we’re […]

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 […]

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 […]

Love the Boor Who is Neigh Thee

Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”   Neighbor is an old English word that literally means “the boor who is neigh thee.” Basically “the boor who is near you.” Our modern definition of boor is: “an unrefined, ill-mannered person” Sometimes a neighbor can […]

First Things First

John 13:8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” We have this fallen inclination, like Peter, to try and clean ourselves up before coming to  Jesus to clean us. We think: “I better stop doing that, and start doing this.” Which […]

Who is your High Tower?

Psalm 9:9–10 Jehovah will be a high tower for the oppressed, A high tower in times of trouble; And those who know your name will put their trust in you; For you, Jehovah, have not forsaken those who seek you. What is your high tower? What do you run to when times get tough? For […]