Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I remember a story told by St Jerome who was an early translator of the Bible. As told by him he went to Jerusalem and Bethlehem for a time of study and prayer and one night he had a dream. In this dream Jesus appeared to him and Jerome gave him everything he had. Jesus did not want those things. Then Jerome gave him all of his money. Jesus did not want that. What would you like? Jerome asked. Jesus replied, “Your sins.”

The day is called ‘good” because we find that Jesus takes our sins upon himself so that we might have the righteousness of God. In ways we do not always understand Jesus became our sin so that we might know the amazing love and grace of God.

Thank you for this day Jesus. For all that you did for me I am amazed by the magnitude of your grace. This day truly is good.

Pastor Dave

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Christ Lives in Me

galatians2_20“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
-Galatians 2:20

On Monday’s our blog will go deeper into the topic from the previous day’s sermon at one of the Family of Christ campuses.  Yesterday, at the North Campus, we continued our sermon series, Resurrection, where we are looking at Christ’s resurrection and what that means for us, today.  We talked about Romans 6:1-11 and how, in our baptism, we are burried with Christ in His death in order that we may also be raised in a resurrection like Him and walk in newness of life, which begins the moment we receive faith in Jesus.

In our Galatians passage, today, we hear that we have been crucified with Christ so the life we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God. [Read more…]

Linens and Things

3468431784_011dfca179_z“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.”
-John 20:6-7

Of all the things described in the Easter account, this is a particularly interesting one.  They could have just said the Jesus wasn’t in the tomb or that all they saw were the linen cloths and shroud (face cloth), but they describe in such detail that the linens and shroud were folded and laid separately.

So, why is that detail included?

Jesus tomb was blocked by a stone and guarded by Roman guards.  If someone was going to try to steal the body of Jesus, they most likely would have taken the body in it’s burial clothes for the sake of cleanliness, both physical and spiritual.  If, for some reason they took the body out of the burial clothes, they would have probably discarded them hastily as they made their escape.  With Jesus’ resurrection, His burial linens were still there as was the face cloth and they were folded neatly showing no signs of haste.

This detail is just one more part of the account that shows us the miracle of Christ’s resurrection and helps us, as we read the account, to be able see it even more vividly in our mind, see the empty tomb, and believe; just as the disciples saw the empty tomb and believed.

He is risen!

In Christ,
Pastor Kurt

He Is Risen!!

1peter1_3“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
-1 Peter 1:3

He is risen!!

Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Today we celebrate the victory of Jesus over death and hell.  Today, we celebrate a celebration that will never end. [Read more…]

Devotion – January 27, 2016 – Born of the Word

1peter1_23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
—1 Peter 1:23

Sometimes we think of words as unimportant.  “Sticks and stones may brake my bones, but words will never hurt me!”  But the truth is that words are important.  They have the power to heal or wound, to build up or tear down.  Words can inform us and give us wisdom.  When spoken by people, words can be very powerful, but they do not compare to when God speaks. [Read more…]

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