Power to be a witness

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). With Jesus entering heaven, seated on the throne; at the right hand of God; wearing the heavenly garments of the … [Read more…]

Received up in glory

“Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).The ascension is Christ’s return to heaven from earth. Almost all … [Read more…]

The beauty of holiness

“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (NIV). “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalms 29:2). KJVWe will continue to take refuge under the glorious event of the resurrection. Take refuge from what? … [Read more…]

Children of the resurrection

“…and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36). Last Sunday I mentioned an expression, which presented to me with a renewed force, maybe because we were reflecting on the importance of the resurrection. The expression is, “children of … [Read more…]

Resurrection the future

The resurrection as the foundation of our faith. The cross and the empty tomb are fundamental for the Christian faith. They stand and fall together. The resurrection permeates every aspect of the Christian life. The Christian is a new creation..he/she lives a new life – the resurrection life. The new life – the resurrection life … [Read more…]

Resurrection the core

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4). The Christian life is energized by the resurrection. Very rarely we find a foundation without anything being built upon … [Read more…]

Resurrection the basis

“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith”…”And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1Corinthians 15:14, 17). On Good Friday, we answered the question, “What is good about Good Friday?” The question for today is, “What is … [Read more…]

He came to justify

The disciples and those close to Jesus, have witnessed the greatest tragedy they ever encountered in their lives: the arrest and interrogation of a good man; the false accusations, unfair judgment and floggings he endured; His crucifixion, death and burial. They were still in shock and confusion and in fear. Just when things started to … [Read more…]

He came to serve

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Following tragic events that result in loss of life, in many countries government buildings fly their flags at half-mast. Half-mast refers to a flag flying below the summit … [Read more…]

God, first and last

“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen…” (Luke 19:37). The events preceding the birth of Jesus had an aura of royalty. The heavens were filled with great … [Read more…]