Don’t be a Sadducee

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. (Acts 4:1-2 NIV) The Sadducees were a Jewish sect at the time of JesusContinue reading “Don’t be a Sadducee”

Do You Need a Resurrection?

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.Continue reading “Do You Need a Resurrection?”

“He is Not Here – for He is Risen”

But the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6 NIV) If there’s anything that captures my attention at a cemetery it’s the inscription on people’s headstones. Those few words that best sum up someone’s life. And let me tell you,Continue reading ““He is Not Here – for He is Risen””

You Will See Me

“Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19 NIV) Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” (John 16:16 NIV) The Covid-19 pandemic taught usContinue reading “You Will See Me”

Roll With It

The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples mayContinue reading “Roll With It”

The Borrowed Tomb

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he hadContinue reading “The Borrowed Tomb”

Hope for the Grieving Heart

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1Continue reading “Hope for the Grieving Heart”

The Hope of the Resurrection

For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are ofContinue reading “The Hope of the Resurrection”

The Hope of Heaven

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. (John 3:13 NIV) Heaven. It seems to be a topic reserved mostly for funerals. Those who grieve are told to rejoice because their believing loved one is in Heaven. While that is good news, why is it that weContinue reading “The Hope of Heaven”

No Good Apart from God

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:38 NIV) This is one of my favourite Scriptures. For years I read it and missed the point. See, Jesus ofContinue reading “No Good Apart from God”