1 Corinthians 1:18–2:1 (ESV): 18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what … Continue reading The Foolishness of the Cross
This post is part of a series that will take us up to the Easter holiday that celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord. Mark 15:33–36 (ESV) – 33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the … Continue reading Why Have You Forsaken Me?
This post is part of a series that will take us up to the Easter holiday that celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord. Mark 15:21–32 (ESV) – 21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in … Continue reading He Saved Others He Cannot Save Himself!
Today’s post is part of our Psalm Saturdays series from guest blogger Robert Chamberlain. You can read his archives at www.roberlain.wordpress.com . Psalm 129:1–8 (ESV)1 “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”— let Israel now say—2 “Greatly have they afflicted me from my … Continue reading Affliction
Reading the Word 1 Corinthians 1:18–25 (ESV) 18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through … Continue reading The Folly of the Cross
Reading the Word John 19:16–30 (ESV) 16 …So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, … Continue reading The Crucifixion
Reading the Word Isaiah 53:1–6 (ESV) 1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 … Continue reading With His Wounds We Are Healed
Reading the Word John 19:31–37 (ESV) 31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers … Continue reading That Scripture Might Be Fulfilled
Reading the Word John 19:28–30 (ESV) 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Understanding and Applying the Word Jesus hung on the cross for about six hours. It is no surprise that he became thirsty, but we are … Continue reading It Is Finished
Reading the Word Matthew 27:45–50 (ESV) 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others … Continue reading Why Have You Forsaken Me?