Behold the Man!

Paul and Peter give Jesus an interesting title. They call Jesus a “stumbling stone” (Rom. 9:32, 1 Pet. 2:8). It’s a kind of stone the workers reject and toss aside as useless, but it’s this misunderstood “stumbling stone” that will become the cornerstone for a new humanity and a new kingdom.

Living for His Kingdom

Have you ever had one of those moments where you honestly thought, “What if I am getting this all wrong? What if we have been woefully misled and we should have been playing by the world’s rules all along?”

In John 18:36 Jesus declares to Pilate: My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.

Tragic Irony

If you are watching a movie or reading a good book, there is a literary device called dramatic irony that is often utilized. It’s that moment in your book or in the movie when you know the characters are going into a situation thinking one thing, but the reality of that situation is far different. This is when we yell at the people in the movie, “Don’t go in there! Don’t do it! That’s a really bad decision!”

There are many of these moments in the Gospel of John and the Apostle is very gifted at highlighting the painful, ironic realities of the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Most of the characters in John think one thing, but the reality of that situation and the perspective of Jesus is far more momentous.

The Heart of Mission – Thessalonian Style

In one of the most heartfelt of Paul’s letters, he writes his much-loved church at Thessalonica to encourage them to walk with Christ until He returns. Enemies of the gospel had forced Paul to flee the city, but they couldn’t prevent the Apostle from caring for and praying for these people he had poured his life into. Paul sent Timothy to check on the fledgling church and was so encouraged by Timothy’s good report of their growing faith, despite great opposition, that he sent this letter we know as 1 Thessalonians from Corinth.

Peter’s Denials & Jesus’ Faithfulness

If you take a snapshot of any short period of time in our lives, it probably looks chaotic, uncomfortable and painful. We can fixate on any one moment of our lives and get discouraged, overwhelmed and impatient. Grace, however, takes the long view. Grace is all about a “not yet” theology of ourselves and others. The Bible makes it very clear that God is not finished with us and this Christian life is a long process (Rom. 8:18, 2 Cor. 4:15-18, 1 Pet 4:12, etc.). Jesus

The Garden of Gethsemane

Grace tells the truth about sin, but grace does not condemn. For 17 chapters, John is preparing us for the death and resurrection of Jesus the Nazarene, and starting in John 18 it’s like he turns to the reader and says, “Let me tell you how Jesus saved you from sin, condemnation and shame.”

Accounts Receivable

Have you ever asked yourself these simple questions: Why has God provided for me? What is God’s vision for my finances? What has God called me to do with my money? The Apostle Paul answers these questions for a group of Christians who were just like us. Like us they were living in a commercial, materialistic, sensual society. Like us they were impressed with the wealthy, powerful, and strong. Like us the culture was having its way with their money, values, and priorities.

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