Passion Week – Maundy Thursday

This is a re-post of the Passion series from last year. John 18:28-32 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them and…

A is for Atonement

Even though the word does not appear in the New Testament, the idea of atonement still permeates the whole Bible.  Salvation is possible and effectual for all who believe in Jesus because he atoned for our sins by his sacrificial death on the cross. The Hebrew word for atonement is kaphar and it means “to…

What does it mean to have the peace of God?

J.I. Packer gives the answer in his book Knowing God: Too often the peace of God is thought of as if it were essentially a feeling of inner tranquility, happy and carefree, springing from knowledge that God will shield one from life’s hardest knocks.  But this is a misrepresentation, for on the one hand, God…

Why Did Jesus Tell Those He Healed to Stay Quiet?

He did it so that the people in the local town wouldn’t think he was a magical, healing genie to grant them three medical wishes.  Jesus’ first coming wasn’t mainly about physical healing.  There were thousands of people in Palestine he never healed.  It was about coming to ransom people for God so that they…

Jesus Became Sin For Us

Part 4 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. Now we must ask why God is even able to declare people righteous. Many people ask how a loving God can send people to hell. It might be fairer to ask, “How can holy and righteous God let sinners go to heaven?”  The answer lies…

What Does Justification Do? (Part 2)

Part 3 in an 8 part series. View series intro and index. Justification declares us righteous God not only legally takes away our sin, but he simultaneously declares us righteous. It was as if we would be neutral when God forgave us of our sin. God doesn’t leave us “in neutral,” as it were. Instead, he pronounces…