Category: Jesus

Why is upside-down good news?

The opposite of yours fears is true. The rich and powerful don’t get away with it. When things fall apart, that isn’t the end. Death is really something else all together. You don’t get to the goal by “so much winning” but by being at a loss. “Who am I?” isn’t answered by how good…

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Revelation 5–6

John is so engulfed in what he sees that he actually begins to cry when there is no one found worthy to open the scroll (5:3). I’ve always found that striking. Whatever he sees, it’s a scene of immense tension and apparently sadness. He watches and cries. The first words of comfort: “The lion has…

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Jesus with a Sense of Humor

You either hear him as a smart alec or as a guy with a sense of humor. As Jesus and his mother interact, he’s either being sharp and dismissive or he’s being playful. Here’s John 2:4–5: καὶ ὑστερήσαντος οἴνου λέγει ἡ μήτηρ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ πρὸς αὐτόν· οἶνον οὐκ ἔχουσιν. 4 λέγει αὐτῇ ὁ Ἰησοῦς· τί…

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The Gospel on the Cross

Luke 23:40–43 Ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ἕτερος ἐπιτιμῶν αὐτῷ ἔφη· οὐδὲ φοβῇ σὺ τὸν θεὸν ὅτι ἐν τῷ αὐτῷ κρίματι εἶ; 41 καὶ ἡμεῖς μὲν δικαίως, ἄξια γὰρ ὧν ἐπράξαμεν ἀπολαμβάνομεν· οὗτος δὲ οὐδὲν ἄτοπον ἔπραξεν. 42 καὶ ἔλεγεν· Ἰησοῦ, μνήσθητί μου ὅταν ἔλθῃς ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ σου. 43 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀμήν σοι λέγω· σήμερον…

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When Jesus Told You So

The moment when Peter denies him (Luke 22:61) — What does Jesus’ face look like then? Luke invites you to imagine it. The Lord turned and looked directly at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how the Lord had told him that before the rooster crows today you will deny me three…

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Arguing for Sinners

I like it when either story comes up in class. Whether it is Jonah or the Prodigal Son, we end in the same place talking about how both stories make the same points. God delights to forgive repentant sinners, so we should be the type of people who share that delight and not those who…

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Upside Down Halloween

We have pretty clear images for Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. On Maundy Thursday, you have the last supper or, more prominent to me, images of the garden drama. On Good Friday, we are at the cross. On Sunday, the empty tomb. What about Holy Saturday? The first images that come to mind are iconography. I…

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