Death Made Dead (II) [Awakening Faith]
The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:26)
Death has become like a tyrant who has been completely conquered by the legitimate monarch; bound hand and foot, the passers-by sneer at him, hit him, and abuse him, as they are no longer afraid of his cruelty and rage because of their king’s conquest. That is how death has been conquered and branded for what it is by the Savior on the cross. It is bound hand and foot; all who are in Christ trample it as they pass, and his witnesses mock it, scoffing and saying, “O death, where is your victory? O grave, where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55).
Do you think this is a weak proof of the impotence of death? Or is it a small indication of the Savior’s victory when young boys…
Death Made Dead (I) [Awakening Faith]
I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. (Hosea 13:14)
A very strong proof of the conquest and destruction of death by the cross is given by an interesting fact. All of Christ’s disciples despise death; they take the offensive against it, and instead of fearing it, by the sign of the cross and by faith in Christ they trample on it as on something dead. Before the Savior came, even the holiest of men were afraid of death and mourned the dead as people gone forever.
But now that the Savior has raised his body, death is no longer terrible, and all those who believe in Christ tread it underfoot as nothing. They prefer to die rather than to deny their faith in Christ, knowing full well that when they…
Reliving Christ’s Passion [Awakening Faith]
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
We must sacrifice ourselves to God, each day and in everything we do, accepting all that happens to us for the sake of the Word, imitating his passion by our sufferings, and honoring his blood by shedding our own. We must be ready to be crucified. If you are a Simon of Cyrene, take up your cross and follow Christ. If you are crucified beside him like one of the thieves, acknowledge your God like the good thief. For your sake, and because of your sin, Christ himself was regarded as a sinner; for his sake, therefore,…
Power of the Flesh Is Broken [Awakening Faith]
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6)
We who have a Spirit-given hope of the resurrection possess that future blessing as if it were already present. We say, “Our life is controlled by the Spirit now and is not confined to this physical world that is subject to corruption. While sin was our master the bonds of death had a firm hold on us, but now with the righteousness of Christ we have freed ourselves from our former corruptibility.”
“Once we thought of Christ as being in the flesh, but we do not any longer” (2 Cor. 5:16) says Saint Paul. By this he meant that the Word became flesh and suffered death…
What Easter Brings [Awakening Faith]
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)
The passion of our Savior is the salvation of mankind. The reason why he desired to die for us is that he wanted believers to live with him forever. In the fullness of time it was his will to become what we are, so that we might inherit the eternity he promised and be with him in heaven.
There is a superb grace given by these heavenly mysteries, the gift that Easter brings, the most longed for feast of the year. This day marks the beginning of newly formed creatures: children born from the life-giving church, born anew with the simplicity of little children, and crying out with the…
A Good Crucifixion? (Excerpt from A Place For Weakness by Michael Horton)
As we reflect on the death of Christ this Holy Saturday, let us consider this selection from A Place For Weakness by Michael Horton.
A Good Crucifixion?
If we ever question — and if you haven’t yet, you will — the reliability of that famous assurance that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28), we have before us a dilemma. How could the incarnation, suffering, humiliation, and eventual death of the Son of God be explained in anything but tragic terms? Who among us was least deserving of his lot in life? And yet, unlike most instances of our suffering in the world, in this case we know not only that, but how and why all things worked together for our good in…
Extracurricular Activities 4.4.15— Psalms for Easter, Thomistic Protestants, & Shedd’s Trinitarianism
How did the early preach about Jesus if they did not have a New Testament? The obvious answer is that they must have preached from the Old Testament! Of course, it wasn’t ‘old’ to them, it was the only Scripture they knew, the Law, the Prophets, and Writings were God’s Word to Israel. Even so, how do you preach Jesus’ cross and resurrection if you don’t have the Gospel of St. Mark, St. Paul’s epistle to the Romans, the epistle to the Hebrews, of the Revelation of St. John the Divine? Well, they did it, by and large, by going through the Psalms!
As one reads through the New Testament, it becomes clear that the authors detected in the Psalms various pattern and images which reminded them of Jesus, specifically, who he…