You are not Forsaken

 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (Matthew 27:46 NIV) For those of us who have uttered similar words, it’s good to know that we’re not alone. Jesus, the Son of God, asked “Why?” when He felt forsaken by GodContinue reading “You are not Forsaken”

Resurrecting Hope

They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” (Luke 7:16 NIV) As Jesus approached the town of Nain, He witnessed a funeral procession. A widow’s only son was being carried out. “When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to herContinue reading “Resurrecting Hope”

I Will Rise

Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. (Micah 7:8 NIV) There’s a famous quote that I’ve come to love and appreciate. It says, “Life is not about how many times you fall down. It’s about how many timesContinue reading “I Will Rise”

Let Faith Arise

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:16-17 NIV) The belief in the resurrection wasn’t instantaneous even for some of Jesus’ early disciples who saw Him after He rose again and ascended to heaven. ItContinue reading “Let Faith Arise”

From Weeping to Rejoicing

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning…You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever. (Psalm 30:5, 11-12 NIV) Sackloth: the clothes ofContinue reading “From Weeping to Rejoicing”

He Still Saves

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” One of the criminals who hungContinue reading “He Still Saves”

Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews. (John 19:19 NIV) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw hisContinue reading “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”