Mocking Jesus

There are times when I forget that I am going to have to give an account for every action and word I take and speak. Thankfully, God gives me reminders of this eternal truth and one such reminder came yesterday at church.

Our pastor is preaching on Christ’s seven sayings from the cross. Yesterday he was reading from Matthew 27 when the reminder came to my mind:

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A False Christianity

You’ve no doubt heard that all religions lead to heaven and worship the same god. If this is true, then Christianity is a lie. Christianity is the only religion where salvation comes through grace alone, by faith in Christ. All other religions require some sort of works to receive salvation. This means Christianity is the opposite of all other religions. Two opposing belief systems can be wrong, or one can be right. However, both cannot be right.

Believers around the world celebrated Christianity’s holiest day yesterday. Most call it Easter; others prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday. Regardless its name, a Risen Savior is the center of the celebration. Many denominations are now rejecting a crucified and risen Christ. This too is a false Christianity. The Bible declares as much:

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Seeking The Living Among The Dead

One of the most toxic lies from the pit of hell is that all religions lead to God; that we all basically worship the same God. That is so easily disputed that a junior high debate student could destroy that myth in the first round. How so?

Christianity is the only religion that believes in a risen Savior. All other religions either believe in becoming gods themselves, worship animals, worship a statue, or worship a dead so-called prophet.

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It Is Forever Done

The Friday Jesus died was not a good day. It was the bleakest and darkest day; it was humanity’s most shameful day ever. The King had come and they did not receive Him. Instead, they slaughtered Him like a common criminal. There is nothing good about that day. Just ask the Disciples; you could have never convinced them otherwise on that day. Their Master was dead and buried.

I wonder about something on that day: did the Apostle John, Jesus’ mother Mary—now John’s mother, Mary Magdalene, Salome, the mother of James and John, and the other women…did any of them remember and share Jesus’ words from the cross? Jesus made seven utterances from the Cross, all of them recorded, so obviously they were remembered. But what about that Friday and Saturday? Did they try to remember the things Jesus had said from the Cross? I want to particularly look at the sixth utterance. But to get there we have to look at Jesus’ third and fifth utterances to set the scene:

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The Whole Discipline Of Life

It is Jesus’ final evening with His Disciples before His death; it is His last supper with them…the last Passover meal. He will preach His last sermons and pray His final prayers on earth. And the Disciples still do not understand this. Jesus’ last night on earth is so full of activity, revelation, and theology that I’ve decided to take a closer look at it all next week. But if I had to pick one event, one conversation, I would pick Jesus’ short conversation with Philip in the Upper Room.

    “‘If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.’ Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.’” (John 14:7-11)

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Keeps The Door Open For Humanity

Yesterday we looked at the last ten verses of the Gospel of Luke and if one is not careful you can almost miss a very important event in the Disciples’ life and all of humanity’s history. In our modern Bibles we have subtitles to prepare our minds to process passages, but even still things are matter-of-factly stated at times. Look at verse 51:

    “Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:51)

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Walking In Joyful Victory

Some Christians do not like the term Easter Sunday; some I know despise it. All of these folks prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday; I do too because that is what happened on that heavenly Sunday morn. Christ rose from the grave. How we came to call it Easter is another occasion of competing with the world, which again, is another whole lesson or course on its own.

But let’s focus on that empty tomb; how did it transform the Disciples of Christ?

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