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Jesus: Full of Grace and Truth

Jesus: Full of Grace and Truth

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.–John 1:14 Jesus–referred to here as “the Word”–came with glory reflecting his Father in heaven. Part of that reflection was in the grace and truth he expressed. Henry Cloud (previously referenced here) was the one who showed me how these work together, through his book Changes That Heal. There is a productive,…

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Jesus: Fulfiller of Scripture

Jesus: Fulfiller of Scripture

It all revolves around one man: Jesus Christ. Either he was the greatest person of history, the unique Son of God, or he is nothing at all to us today. What kind of man was he really? We’ll have to take this one topic at a time, starting with this startling claim: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I…

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More Ironies of Easter

More Ironies of Easter

They thought they had Jesus figured out, and they also thought they had him under control. Not so: He [Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor] entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at…

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The Ironies of Easter

The Ironies of Easter

The religious and political leaders thought they had Jesus all figured out. I doubt there’s anything in history or literature to match the irony of that. They expected was the kind of thing they usually saw during a trial and execution: fear, self-protection, defensiveness; or possibly something like guilt, regret, or remorse. They thought they were in control. They thought it was about a political power struggle, in which Jesus was, to some of them, a nuisance, and to others…

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What Christ Does For Us, Part 10: Resurrection, Again

What Christ Does For Us, Part 10: Resurrection, Again

Christians often pray, “God, let us see you work in power.” We may not understand what it is we ask. God does His best work following a death. I approach this topic very cautiously, for though there is something important to say here, there is a danger of trivializing it. I just spent several hours with a very good friend whose mother passed away a few weeks ago. Her passing was very difficult. The pain of my own mother’s death,…

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What Christ Does for Us, Part 9: The Cross, Again

What Christ Does for Us, Part 9: The Cross, Again

In a series on what Christ does for us, one post on Christ’s cross and resurrection is hardly enough. I must linger a while longer. Ravi Zacharias once said (according to a friend of mine), “The only alternative to the cross is the trivialization of sin.” I’m sure he was speaking pastorally, to Bible believers, for if he had been speaking philosophically he could have suggested other alternatives. The cross–Christ’s death, in other words–is presented in the Bible as a…

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What Christ Does For Us, Part 6: Among Us, Loving Us

What Christ Does For Us, Part 6: Among Us, Loving Us

The stage has been set in Parts 1 through 5 (linked below). The human race, meant to be great under God, in worshipful relationship with Him, has fallen mightily by rejecting that relationship. God did not reject us, though. The plan was prepared since before the foundation of the world: Jesus Christ, God Himself, second Person of the Trinity, maker and sustainer of all creation, would come and provide our rescue. His coming was prophesied centuries in advance, here and…

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What Christ Does For Us, Part 5: Who Christ Is

What Christ Does For Us, Part 5: Who Christ Is

Returning to this series after a short break, I’m also taking a short detour. What Christ does for us depends on who He is. It’s just a few weeks since the Christmas season, and I’m sure readers know about Christ in a manger, born to a virgin. The gospel of Luke tells us He was conceived in Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. In human terms he was of the lineage of David. David had been the king…

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What Christ Does For Us, Part 4: Restorations

What Christ Does For Us, Part 4: Restorations

Earlier in this series (see below) I described what Scripture says about God’s original intent and purpose for humankind, and how we fell away from it. God in His love intended that we live in close, intimate fellowship with Him. He gave humans their start in conditions of harmony with the world, with genuine intellectual and moral significance, and in real, closely connected relationships with God, the environment, and each other. They were rightly dependent on God, their Creator, and…

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