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Why was Jesus raised from the dead?

Why was Jesus raised from the dead?

Jesus’ earthly ministry ends with his ascension to heaven in Luke 24. It’s here that we find an answer to that question. When Jesus rose from the dead he was at the same time solid flesh and bones, definitely not a ghost, but also able to appear and disappear at will,...

Easter: New Creation is Here

Easter: New Creation is Here

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” In Genesis 1, God...

Jesus in the Tomb

Jesus in the Tomb

What was the central claim of the early church about Jesus? It wasn’t that he was a powerful healer, a great teacher or leader, or that he was the victim of injustice. It was that Jesus was bodily raised from death to life after he was crucified, truly dead, and...

The Greatest Commandment

The Greatest Commandment

Shortly after giving telling the Parable of the Noble Vineyard Owner and His Son Jesus is again answering the questions of Jerusalem's religious leaders.  Mark 12:28-34 is a passage that is usually called "The Greatest Commandment". One of those religious leaders (who...

The Temple and the Fig Tree

The Temple and the Fig Tree

Jesus acts out the parable of the fig tree and cleanses the Temple in Mark 11:12-25.  To understand both we must look at them together as a single story. If you look at the fig tree event by itself, it's bewildering and Jesus even seems to be acting like an upset...

Hosanna! The Triumphal Entry

Hosanna! The Triumphal Entry

From Jericho by the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to the summit of the Mt. of Olives east of Jerusalem, the journey is a long exhausting trek through a hot and dusty wilderness.  You go from over 800 feet below sea level to nearly 3,000 feet above sea level in...

Are you Mary, Martha, or Judas?

Are you Mary, Martha, or Judas?

Today, the day before the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, he stayed with his friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus (who he had raised from the dead) at their home in Bethany on the east side of the Mt. of Olives.  That evening, as Martha served dinner and Jesus,...