Advent originally was a time of instruction, prayer, fasting and self-reflection, in preparation to be baptized in the new year.
Jesus delivered what was very likely his most offensive sermon every preached. It would cost him the majority of his disciples, and act as a turning point in his public ministry.
And the full extent of love is to recognize that wherever the church stands is holy ground, for there is the very Body of Christ, the presence of the Presence, the embodiment of God the Son.
In this week’s posts, Judas had been having one small rebellion after another, and covering it over by pretending to love Jesus until finally, it seemed like out of the blue to the other disciples, he did something unbelievably awful.
Before entering into the events of Passion Week, it seemed good to gather the backstories that were in play during those fateful seven days. I promised to give four stories that would provide foundational understanding for what happened. Yesterday was the first story, Story #1, A Lamb. Today are two more stories, and tomorrow will come the last story.
Let's step back and gather some important background information before we take a deep dive into John's account of Jesus' Passion Week.
Jesus had delivered possibly the most offensive sermon ever given in his time, a message so viscerally horrifying, so unspeakably grotesque, that many must have been left actually speechless.
D.L. Moody once said “One day you’ll read that D.L. Moody is dead. Don’t you believe it! I’ll be more alive on that day than I have ever been before!”
even though Penal Substitutionary Atonement is an important concept, maybe even a foundational one, it is not the only important word on salvation, the gospel is so, so much more.
Imagine the street outside your home filled with laughing, playing children, the mouth-watering aroma of rich food being cooked over a fire wafting through your window, redolent with the heavy incense of blossoms, cedar, and spices. You look outside and see that a tumble of huts made from leafy, flowering branches has filled every outside … Continue reading “Love Feast”