“Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there…Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene […]Read More Second Genesis
First message in over a week, finishing up this look at the raising of Lazarus. Jesus looked death deep into the face and did not flinch. This is forecasting what he would do at the end of his own life, when he would die upon a cross and go into death. That he would […]Read More The Defeat of Death
1 Thessalonians. The first Christian scripture. Paul’s letters were written before the Gospels, and the first of Paul’s letters wasn’t Romans, it was 1 Thessalonians. Paul had been preaching the good news in the Greek city of Thessalonica. These Gentiles, non-Jews, were coming to believe in the Jewish Messiah. That was the announcement, that […]Read More Hope. Or no Hope?
Why does Jesus do this thing that he does, bringing back the dead?? Why did he go to the house of Jairus and bring his daughter back from the dead? Because that’s the work of the Father. What does the Father do? He gives life to the dead! Because the great problem facing humanity […]Read More Practice Resurrection
One of the absolute deepest longings of human beings is that death would not be the end. That somehow love might overcome death, and loved ones we have lost, or even loved ones we’ve never met, we would somehow be able to meet again. One of the deepest religious longings that human beings have is […]Read More That Death Be Not Final