Two Criminals. One Savior.

Jesus was crucified between two criminals. Each witnessed Jesus’ dignity as he was dying. Each heard him offer forgiveness to the very people who were crucifying him. Each had the same experience with Jesus. Yet one mocked. The other repented. We often play the “If Only” game. You know, “If only I made more money…”, “If only I were raised in a Christian household…”, “If only my husband hadn’t left…”....

The Power of the Cross

Yesterday, the Holy Spirit showed me an empty interrogation room to represent Easter. His resurrection not only atoned for my sin, it removed all accusations, all guilt, all shame, all condemnation. He rose with all power and all authority. He made a spectacle of the enemy and sat down at the right hand of God with every evil, every principality under his feet. But then he conjoined Himself to us...

Sunday Always Follow Saturday

It’s Saturday. The day after the storm. There is an eerie quietness on Saturday. We awake Saturday full of questions. “I thought He was…” “What if I had…?” “What shall we do now….?” “How come He allowed….?” Saturday. The day between Death and Life Despair and Hope Destruction and Restoration. Lost and Found Defeat and Victory Death and Resurrection. Saturdays are more difficult than Fridays. Saturday requires trust despite what...

He is Risen

He is Risen! Death defeated. Sickness slammed. Forgiveness flowed freely. He is Risen! The ultimate sacrifice offered. Sinners find righteousness. Hopeless finds hope. Mourners find joy. He is Risen! The grave is empty. Lives are full. Hearts overflow with joy. He is Risen! Because He rose, We rise. Because He lives, We live. Because He conquered, We conquer. Because He was bound, We are free. Because He was rejected, We...

Friday Is Necessary

What is happening? Just yesterday the people were shouting, “Hosanna!” Just yesterday we were on a mountain, communing with Moses and Elijah. And today. Our leader has been betrayed, arrested, crucified, pronounced dead, and buried. We ran and literally left our friend, our teacher hanging and alone. One of our brothers hanged himself because the guilt was more than he could bear. We are left mourning our teacher, questioning the...

Father, Forgive Them!

Unrepentant. Unaware. They shouted for His death – a cruel, agonizing, shameful death. No one asked for forgiveness. Why would they? They were acting on behalf of God or so they thought. Jesus, watched as they yelled crucify him! He willingly allowed the nails to be driven in His hands, His feet. The blood flowed and He looked at his accusers through the blood. His eyes were not filled with...

Resurrection

Today is a Good Day for a Resurrection! It’s a good day to receive forgiveness so freely offered. It’s a good day to shed guilt, shame, condemnation and receive righteousness, restoration and acceptance. It’s a good day to hope again, to dream again, to anticipate again. On Friday there was a death. Saturday was full of questions and confusion. But today! Today brings fulfillment of promises. Today there is resurrected...

Power and Authority

You can’t give away what you don’t own. I can’t give you the power and authority over Oprah Winfrey’s bank account. But I can give you power and authority over my bank account. So when Jesus gave the twelve power and authority over all demons and to cure all diseases, He apparently had that authority to give away even before His death and resurrection. But because of His death and...

He Has Risen, Now What?

Last week, deemed Holy Week, we prepared for Good Friday where we commemorated the brutal death of our Savior. We remembered His ultimate sacrifice that brought us forgiveness, redemption, and justification. We marveled at such love that would endure the cross to ensure us a permanent place in heaven. On Sunday we celebrated the ultimate victory over death! We donned fancy clothes and declared He has risen and risen indeed....