Tag: resurrection

On The Road

On The Road

Encouragment
There are many stories around the event of Jesus’ resurrection. Some of them are recounted in the Gospels. Some are only hinted at. We often limit our Easter morning reading to the encounter between the risen Jesus and the women that had come early in the morning. Also on that same day were two men. Two disciples or followers not listed among the primary twelve disciples. We know the name of one. We know they were saddened by the weekend events and unsure about the report of the women. We know one other thing – they were on the road somewhere between Jerusalem and the small village of Emmaus. “That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talke
Fake News Is Nothing New

Fake News Is Nothing New

Encouragment
Fake news isn’t a new thing. One particular piece of fake news has circled the globe for two thousand years. Let’s begin with this factoid. Jesus tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers. Trained warriors that knew how to stand guard. To fall asleep or deviate from their duties meant severe punishment. What really happened Jesus was buried. He was dead, the spear thrust and the resulting flood of water and blood testified to that. His body was hastily laid in a borrowed tomb. Knowing what Jesus had taught in the Temple concerning His death and resurrection, the Jewish religious leaders pressed Pilate for a Roman guard. Jesus tomb was shut with a heavy stone, sealed, and guarded. Matthew records, “Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and
Easter Realities

Easter Realities

Encouragment, Faith
The writer in me marvels at the richness of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. By this I mean the number of people involved and the realities they bring to help us understand the events. The Easter story contains more than the Easter truths of death and resurrection. It also contains snippets of what happened in the lives of various individuals at that time. In their stories and characters, we can see our own reality. The main character is obviously Jesus. This is His story and the fulfillment of the larger narrative that began in the Garden of Eden. The reality of His torture, death, and resurrection is the reality of our new life in Jesus Christ. Those basic events mean everything. As Paul observed, “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised
The Things We Forget

The Things We Forget

Encouragment, Faith
I was blessed this morning (3/22/15) to present the sermon at New Life Community Church in Henry, Il.  Below is the text of that sermon.  The Things We Forget Sermon for 3/22/15 The other day Betty asked if I would drop a book off at the library on my way to work. My response was a non-committal “I’ll try to remember.”  You see I know myself.  I know that it’s very easy for me to get caught up in a thought, or a song on Pandora, or a discussion on the radio and forget about the library book until I’m halfway to work. “I’ll try” was the best I could offer because I’ve failed at remembering to drop off a book in the past and because I don’t like to make promises that I may not keep.  Betty in an understanding way replied, “never mind I’ll take care of it.”   Remembering things can be a
Big Questions, Important Answers: Why Seek the Living Among the Dead?

Big Questions, Important Answers: Why Seek the Living Among the Dead?

Big Questions, Series
Ever had that moment when you’re looking for something and you just can’t see it.  Like the car keys sitting on the counter that you’ve looked at 100 times. Or like the invisible the can of beans that was just behind the can of crushed pineapple. Last weekend my kids and grandkids were all home for a visit.  Mackenzie and I were playing with a stuffed beany type skunk.  Throwing it back and forth and stuff like that.  A little later she was looking for the skunk but couldn’t find it.  The thing is it was sitting in plain sight on my knee.   Sometimes we can’t find what we are looking for because we’re looking in the expected but wrong places. Finding things in the kitchen is sometimes as much of a mystery to me as it is for Betty to find things in the tool chest. Missing the visible and lo
Big Questions, Important Answers:Who Do You Say I Am?

Big Questions, Important Answers:Who Do You Say I Am?

Big Questions, Series
I’m sure that you’ve seen man-on-the-street interviews on TV.  Clips of regular folks being asked for their opinion or knowledge on any number of subjects. One night Tonight Show host Jay Leno collared some young people to ask them questions about the Bible.“Can you name one of the Ten Commandments?” he asked two college-age women. One replied, “Freedom of speech?” He said to the other, “Complete this sentence: Let he who is without sin . . .” Her response was, “Have a good time?” Leno then turned to a young man and asked, “Who, according to the Bible, was eaten by a whale?” The confident answer was, “Pinocchio.”*  In a similar way Jesus conducted His own “man-on-the-street” interview.  One day He asked His followers - Who do people say that the Son of Man (meaning himself) is?  “And they
Resurrection

Resurrection

Encouragment, Purpose
I debated whether to write about Christ’s death and resurrection this Easter or simply ignore it. Every Christian blogger and writer on the Internet will have something to say about the events we celebrate this weekend. So would one more article about Christ’s death and resurrection really matter?  Is there anything left to say that hasn’t been said a thousand times over?  Instead of writing an article about the facts of that weekend or the theological meaning found in Christ’s death and resurrection or the promise of new life as we enter into springtime, all of which are good and needed, allow me to take a different tack. Many this weekend will meditate on what Christ’s death and resurrection has provided for them. They will marvel at the payment of sin and the promise of eternal life, b
On Christ’s Resurrection and Diety

On Christ’s Resurrection and Diety

Encouragment, Faith
The bulk of this article is from a theology class research paper I wrote in 2010.  It is longer and has a more formal style than you are used to from Lambchow.com.  However, as we enter into Passion Week 2014 I thought it would be an appropriate reminder of the proofs and purpose of the resurrection of Jesus. Also note, that while I have included the bibliography the footnotes have been dropped.  Contact me if you would like a copy of the paper as presented in 2010. Jesus once asked his disciples a most important question - "who do you say that I am" (Matt 16:15).  Peter responded with "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt 16:16).  The answer to Jesus' question is still vitally relevant today.  C. S. Lewis wrote, "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesu